Virtual Local History Guild - In Pursuit of History: A Conversation About a Great Americana Collection with Michael P. Dyer, H. Richard Dietrich III, Deborah M. Rebuck
Join editors H. Richard Dietrich III, Deborah M. Rebuke, and the museum's Curator of Maritime History and publication contributor, Michael P. Dyer, for a discussion around their newest publication, In Pursuit of History, featuring topics surrounding Chinese exporting, whale trading, and the histories and interest with the maritime industry.
H. Richard Dietrich III, President of the Dietrich American Foundation and Deborah M. Rebuck, longtime Curator, worked together as co-editors of In Pursuit of History, paying tribute to a major collection and its founder, showcasing highlights from the Dietrich American Foundation. This foundation was established in 1963 by H. Richard Dietrich Jr., and focuses on 18th Century American fine and decorative art, books and manuscripts, and works with museums and cultural institutions to support their collections.
Throughout the publication, essays explore the formation of the collection and its many areas of strength, enhancing current understandings of colonial history and material culture. An array of specialists write about the scope and richness of the foundation’s holdings, of which books and manuscripts account for half. Chinese export wares, furniture, silver, fraktur, other decorative arts, and paintings of historical importance, speak in varied ways to the nature of colonial identity, while objects related to the whaling trade signal the new nation’s maritime focus. With striking new photography and insightful scholarship, In Pursuit of History brings to life both the collector and the time period that he loved.
Contributors to the book include David L. Barquist, Edward S. Cooke Jr., H. Richard Dietrich III, Michael P. Dyer, Kathleen A. Foster