The Mount | Edith Wharton's Home http://www.edithwharton.org The Mount is the home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, MA - the Berkshires. Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:08:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pardon Our Appearance http://www.edithwharton.org/the-mount/pardon-our-appearance/ Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:50:03 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11592 Please pardon our appearance as we continue our preservation work on the Stable and Main House.

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Please pardon our appearance as we continue our preservation work on the Stable and Main House. This fall we will be finishing the Stucco work on the exterior of the Stable and painting the trim at the Main House. The Mount is open during this work.

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How Does It Feel to be Noticed? Portraits from the CATA Writers’ Workshop http://www.edithwharton.org/events/feel-noticed-portraits-cata-writers-workshop/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:47:28 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11564 Portraits from the CATA Writers’ Workshop by Julie McCarthy
Currently on display in The Mount's Stable.

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Publication1Currently on display in The Mount’s Stable.

Photographer Julie McCarthy visited the Writer’s Workshop over a series of weeks, listening as the group investigated a range of topics and genres. She was particularly struck by work exploring the theme of being noticed. As she photographed each of the writers, she read back to them excerpts from their writing, asking, “How does it feel to be noticed?” Her sensitive and evocative photographs capture each writer’s response.

Writers with disabilities meet weekly to explore poetry and creative writing, led by a trio of CATA faculty who offer inventive writing prompts and develop a rich, varied curriculum. Some work one on one with CATA “scribes,” who help them commit ideas to paper.

CATA and The Mount will co-host a public reading of work created in the CATA Writer’s Workshop on Thursday, September 8 at 5:00 pm. Writer/performer Rachel Siegel will read selected excerpts—poignant, funny, and reflecting the unique perspectives of writers with disabilities. For reservations and more information, please call (413) 528-5485.

For more information visit CATAarts.org

This exhibit and the accompanying reading are made possible through sponsorships from Berkshire Magazine, Kate & Joel Millonzi, Sohn Fine Art, and other generous individual supporters.

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The Mount’s 2017 Writers-in-Residence Program, Application Deadline September 2 http://www.edithwharton.org/press/mounts-2017-writers-residence-program-application-deadline-september-2/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 19:52:24 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11523 (Lenox, MA)— The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, MA is pleased to announce The 2016 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence, a two-three week residency offering writers the opportunity to work and create in the house Wharton built as a writer’s retreat. The program is open to writers of demonstrated accomplishment who are currently working on a […]

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(Lenox, MA)— The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, MA is pleased to announce The 2016 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence, a two-three week residency offering writers the opportunity to work and create in the house Wharton built as a writer’s retreat. The program is open to writers of demonstrated accomplishment who are currently working on a new piece of writing. Applications open on August 1, 2016 and will be accepted through September 2, 2016. For additional information including submission guidelines, please visit EdithWharton.org.

New this year, The Mount will be offering residency for up to three women writers. Each resident will receive a work space at The Mount, a $1000 food and travel stipend, and lodging for the duration of their residency. Residents must provide their own transportation. Residencies will be held in February or March of 2017. Each residency will be scheduled so that there is some overlap between the writers. This “mini” writers’ colony will give the residents a community of support and camaraderie.

This past March, The Mount hosted their first round of writers: Koren Zailckas, Claire McMillan, and Yvonne Puig. When asked what this time has meant to her, Zailckas expressed “With zero hyperbole, my residency at the Mount was the best thing that ever happened to me or my writing process. Looking out on the same view that Edith did, that’s part of it. The Mount offers something else as well—something, dare I say, otherworldly. We writers-in-residence instinctively started calling it “the Edith magic.”

The Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence is made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor. Funding for the program has been secured through Spring 2018.

About the Program

What: A 2-3 week residency for three women writers at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home. Each resident will receive a work space at The Mount, a $1000 food and travel stipend, and lodging for the duration of their residency. Residents must provide their own transportation.

The principal responsibility of each resident is to spend time further developing her creative work. In addition, residents are required to produce a short piece of public writing (essay, article, blog post, etc.) about their time at The Mount and offer a public reading of their work at The Mount.

When: Residencies will be held in February or March each year. The specific length of each residency will be determined in consultation with the resident. We schedule each residency so that there is some overlap between the writers. This “mini” writers’ colony will give the residents a community of support and camaraderie.

Where: Residents will complete their residency at The Mount in Lenox, MA. Edith Wharton designed The Mount, a Georgian revival mansion, on a wooded parcel on the shores of Laurel Lake and lived there from 1902-1911. It was at The Mount, which she called her “first true home,” that Wharton came into her own as a writer and produced some of her most iconic works.

Today, The Mount is a historic house museum and cultural center that celebrates the artistic, literary, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. 

Who:  Women writers and scholars of demonstrated accomplishment are invited to create, advance, or complete works-in-progress during their time at The Mount.

Applicants must provide a proposal, to include:

  • CV or resume
  • Statement of purpose outlining project, residency, and career goals (max. 1000 words)
  • Writing sample of approximately 1,500 words

Important dates:

Applications open                    August 1, 2016

Application deadline                September 2, 2016

Resident announced               October 2016

Residency                               February/March, 2017

About The Mount:

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.

Each year, The Mount is host to over 42,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.

The Mount has become the literary hub of the Berkshires, regularly hosting esteemed writers—including novelists, poets, biographers, scholars, and journalists—for readings and discussions. Writers who have appeared recently at The Mount include David McCullough, Richard Russo, Sharon Olds, Megan Daum, and Darryl Pinckney.

The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Mass. For more information visit EdithWharton.org or call 413-551-5100.

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Look Who is At The Mount! http://www.edithwharton.org/homepage/look-who-is-at-the-mount/ Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:52:00 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11463 Pokémon Go has taken over the world, including The Mount. After some investigation, it seems we're the site of 3 Pokemon gyms and 5 poke stops! If you have any little trainers with you, remember kids under 18 are free at The Mount every day!

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Pokémon Go has taken over the world, including The Mount. After some investigation, it seems we’re the site of 3 Pokemon gyms and 5 poke stops! Stop by and catch Pidgey and Magikarp (hint: head towards the gardens). And let us know if you find any others by tagging your pictures #PokeMount or share on our Facebook page: WhartonMountLenox.

If you have any little trainers with you, remember kids under 18 are free at The Mount every day!

 

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Berkshire Eagle 7-7-16 http://www.edithwharton.org/press-coverage/berkshire-eagle-7-7-16/ Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19:13:49 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11513 The Berkshire Eagle July 7, 2016 “The Mount moves toward year-round operations, hiking trails”

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The Berkshire Eagle

July 7, 2016

“The Mount moves toward year-round operations, hiking trails”

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Berkshire Edge 7-3-16 http://www.edithwharton.org/press-coverage/berkshire-edge-7-3-16/ Sun, 03 Jul 2016 19:18:10 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11515 The Berkshire Edge July 3, 2016 “The Mount: A legacy restored. An interview with Susan Wissler” Interview w Susan Wissler from Jason Slater Brown / BMA Studios on Vimeo.

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The Berkshire Edge

July 3, 2016

“The Mount: A legacy restored. An interview with Susan Wissler”

Interview w Susan Wissler from Jason Slater Brown / BMA Studios on Vimeo.

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Veranda Magazine May/June 2016 http://www.edithwharton.org/press-coverage/veranda-magazine-mayjune-2016/ Tue, 14 Jun 2016 19:32:52 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11517 Veranda Magazine May/June 2016 “The Power of Preservation”

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Veranda Magazine

May/June 2016

“The Power of Preservation”

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ReMix: A New Sculpture Exhibit Opens June 1 http://www.edithwharton.org/homepage/remix-new-sculpture-show-june-october/ Fri, 27 May 2016 15:23:13 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11301 SculptureNow and The Mount are proud to present REMIX, a new exhibition featuring 28 large, outdoor sculptures. The exhibit is free with admission to The Mount and runs through October 31st.

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SculptureNow and The Mount are proud to present REMIX, a new exhibition featuring 28 large, outdoor sculptures. The exhibit is free with admission to The Mount and runs through October 31st.

A free opening celebration is planned for June 12 and includes an artist-guided tour 3:30-5:00 p.m. and a reception on the terrace of the mansion. State Senator Ben Downing will give opening remarks. Free guided tours of the exhibition are scheduled for July 10, August 14, September 11 and October 16, at 11:30 a.m.

The show includes regionally and nationally recognized artists William Breslow, Rick & Laura Brown, Jamie Calderwood, William Carlson, Matt Crane, Peter Dellert, Murray  Dewart, Anthony Garner, Lucy Hodgson, Sue Huang, Ann Jon, Conrad Levenson, Kathryn Lipke, Philip Marshall, Gary Orlinsky, Jerome Harris Parmet, Chris Plaisted, Kate Raudenbush, Laura Reinhard, Susan Ferrari Rowley, Laurie Sheridan, Fletcher Smith, Leon Smith, Robin Tost, Mark Warwick, John Wilkinson and Bernard Zubrowski.

 

 

 

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Restorations to the Historic Stable Gives The Mount a Fresh Look http://www.edithwharton.org/press/restorations-historic-stable-gives-mount-fresh-look/ Wed, 25 May 2016 20:45:41 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11260 (Lenox, MA) The Mount, Edith Wharton’s beloved home in Lenox, Mass. has been undergoing structural and cosmetic repairs as part of their ongoing preservation efforts. The main focus of these repairs has been the exterior of the historic Stable, which had suffered severe deterioration. While the majority of the stucco work has been completed, a […]

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(Lenox, MA) The Mount, Edith Wharton’s beloved home in Lenox, Mass. has been undergoing structural and cosmetic repairs as part of their ongoing preservation efforts. The main focus of these repairs has been the exterior of the historic Stable, which had suffered severe deterioration. While the majority of the stucco work has been completed, a final coating will be applied in the fall, and will match the gleaming white of the Main House. Visitors to The Mount will greeted by a Stable restored to its previous grandeur.

The cost for this phase of restoration is approximately $600,000. The project was green-lighted thanks to private donors who were dismayed with the Stable’s exterior condition. Jan Winkler and Hermine Drezner gave an initial donation last fall and pledged an additional amount if the balance of the project could be raised. The Winklers made a second generous gift in early spring so work could continue uninterrupted as The Mount waited to hear from additional funding sources. In May, The Mount received two major grants to assist in the necessary renovations. The Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded $100,000 to The Mount from its Cultural Facility Fund. In addition, The Mount secured $150,000 from a private foundation. Monies awarded will go towards stucco restoration; repairing foundations, sills, sashes, doors and window frames; demolishing a coal bin; and installing utility upgrades. The Mount will continue to raise the remaining funds necessary to complete the work.

This project closely follows a successful campaign to retire The Mount’s $4.1 million   outstanding debt. In September 2015, The Mount announced they were debt-free thanks to the generosity of its Board of Trustees and other key donors. To date, The Mount has spent close to one million dollars on repairs and restoration work for the Stable.

“We are thankful to all our funders. The Stable is the first building visitors encounter and their first impression of The Mount,” said Susan Wissler, executive director. “Restoring its exterior enhances both our visitor experience and the historical integrity of the property.”

The Stable was designed and constructed by Hoppin & Koen in 1901-02. Architecturally, the building is a based on the stable at Belton House, an estate in Lincolnshire, England. Its original purpose was to shelter the Whartons’ horses and carriages. Before long, it was transformed into a garage for a succession of the Whartons’ motorcars. Servants and their families lived on the second floor. Today, the Stable is The Mount’s primary programming space, and is used to host lectures, dramatic readings, theater, music, storytelling, workshops, films, and literary panels.

For additional information and high-resolution pictures, please contact Rebecka McDougall at 413-551-5115.

About The Mount:

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.

Each year, The Mount is host to over 42,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.

The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Mass. For more information visit EdithWharton.org or call 413-551-5100.

About The Massachusetts Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

For more information about the MCC, visit www.massculturalcouncil.org.

 

 

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Today’s Writers are Finding Inspiration In Edith Wharton http://www.edithwharton.org/press/todays-writers-finding-inspiration-edith-wharton/ Mon, 16 May 2016 19:19:05 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11206 Authors Sophie McManus and Stephanie Clifford Discuss Wharton as a Modern Muse at The Mount on June 5. (Lenox, MA)—On June 5th, The Mount, home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, Mass., will welcome authors Sophie McManus and Stephanie Clifford to the Berkshires to discuss their debut novels, The Unfortunates and Everybody Rise. Both novels are […]

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Authors Sophie McManus and Stephanie Clifford Discuss Wharton as a Modern Muse at The Mount on June 5.

(Lenox, MA)—On June 5th, The Mount, home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, Mass., will welcome authors Sophie McManus and Stephanie Clifford to the Berkshires to discuss their debut novels, The Unfortunates and Everybody Rise. Both novels are informed and inspired by Wharton’s 1905 novel, The House of Mirth. This program will take place on the Terrace at The Mount; tickets are $8 for Mount Members, $10 general, and are available at Edithwharton.org.

McManus and Clifford’s books are the most recent in a series of novels by young writers who have found inspiration in Wharton’s brilliant use of language. In March of 2016, The Mount hosted Yvonne Puig as a writer-in-residence. Puig’s upcoming A Wife of Noble Character is yet another adaptation Wharton’s The House of Mirth. Critique of the upper class is a common thread amongst these authors. “When working on The Unfortunates, Wharton’s ability to write about the poison of privilege, and show how it ripples outward and affects us all- that really struck me,” notes Sophie McManus.

“(Wharton) was also bold, and way ahead of her time, in writing about driven and ambitious women,” explains Stephanie Clifford. “Edith Wharton has been such an inspiration to me—I don’t think my book, or my career as a novelist, would exist without her.”

The House of Mirth is enduring, as both a tragic love story and a satire of the fashionably wealthy, “said Susan Wissler, Executive Director of The Mount.  “I am thrilled to see contemporary authors updating Wharton’s story. Regardless of the number of retellings, Wharton’s work remains fresh and poignant every time.”

Sophie McManus is the author of The Unfortunates, which was a finalist for the 2015 Discover Award, the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, and named a notable book by The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Paste, and Time Out (New York) among others. Her work has appeared in American Short FictionO MagazineTin House, and elsewhere. She teaches writing in Brooklyn, New York.

Stephanie Clifford is a Loeb-award winning journalist. As a New York Times reporter, Clifford covered courts, business and media. Everybody Rise, her first book, is a New York Times bestseller, with movie rights optioned by Fox 2000. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, she grew up in Seattle and lives in Brooklyn.

Event Details:

Inspired by Edith: A Discussion with Authors Stephanie Clifford and Sophie McManus

Sunday, June 5th, 4:00 PM

The Mount, Terrace

$8.00 for Mount Members, $10.00 for nonmembers

Visit edithwharton.org to purchase or call 413-551-5100 for more information.

About The Mount:

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.

Each year, The Mount is host to over 40,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.

The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Mass. For more information visit EdithWharton.org or call 413-551-5100.

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