Friday, July 4, 2014

The Legacy of Gustav Stickley & Craftsman Farms

Craftsman Farms is located nearby in Morris County, but many neighbors have yet to visit. To find out what you can see at this 30-acre National Historic Landmark, the centerpiece of Gustav Stickley’s early 20th century country estate, come to Bernardsville Public Library on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:00 pm. Acting Executive Director Vonda Givens will explore the past, present and future of Craftsman Farms, Gustav Stickley’s home and “Garden of Eden,” through the tale of one table set within its elegantly rustic interiors. Join Ms. Givens “at the table” and trace the journey over the years as a manifestation of Arts and Crafts ideals, a symbol of early 20th century America, and a representation of Stickley’s vision. A noted turn-of-the-century designer, Stickley was a major proponent of the Arts and Crafts movement in decorative arts, home building, and furnishing styles.

Ms. Givens is a regular speaker on Gustav Stickley and Craftsman Farms and became the Director of Education at the Stickley Museum in 2008; she is currently its Acting Executive Director. She has directed museum educational programs for adults and children for the past 11 years, and she has been a museum docent for 14 years. She has a Master’s Degree from Texas A & M University and resides in Denville.

There is no charge to attend the library program, but advance registration is requested. Register online at, and follow the link under Adult Programs, or call the library at 908-766-0118 to sign up.

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