"The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today."
"There is more done with pens than swords”
"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn."
It brought back to mind the Mikhail Bulgakov Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine, where a thoughtful and interpretive effort combines his life story and his novel, The White Guard, into a single tour. It remains one of the most surprising historic house experiences I've ever had. And all too few houses create a
How can we create a historic house experience where words are the thing--where we do more with pens than with swords? And we don't mean a tour that's just talking--but somehow a place where ideas, expressed in words, emerge, swirl, confront, confuse, clarify, and most importantly, empower visitors to leave the house and do something to make a difference. Ways to do this are busily emerging and I'll be spending some time this summer in Hartford testing out some of those ideas with both visitors and community members who don't yet connect with the Stowe Center. In our increasing visual culture--can we make words matter? Suggestions welcomed!