Sandra Momyer — Recipient of the 2019 Rebecca Lukens Award

Sandra Momyer to be Honored at the 13th Annual Rebecca Lukens Award Presentation National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum 50 S 1st Avenue, Coatesville May 15, 2019, 5:30 pm Each year the National Iron & Stell Heritage Museum (NISHM) presents the Rebecca Lukens Award to a regional individual that exhibits the same qualities as our nation’s first female industrialist Rebecca Lukens: resilience, leadership, courage, and strategic outlook. This year’s recipient is Sandra Momyer, former Executive Director and present Archivist at Historic Yellow Springs, a village with 300 years of history. She is also vice president of the Schuylkill River Heritage Center. Awards Presentation Sandra Momyer will be honored at the 13th Annual Award Presentation Ceremony on May 15, 5:30 p.m. at the National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum in Coatesville. Tickets to the event are $50 per person. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Past recipients include: Mary Sullivan(2007), Jane Davidson(2008), Barbara Travaglini(2009), Gladys Flamer(2010), Nancy Penn Hannum(2011), Tammy Cansler(2012), Regina Horton Lewis(2013), Molly Morrison(2014), Mary Ann Rossi(2015), Barbara Cohen(2016), Francis Sheehan (2017), and Janet Klein (2018). NISHM The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum is located on the campus of the Lukens National Historic District, at 50 S. 1st Avenue in Coatesville, PA. Easily accessible in the heart of Coatesville and adjacent to the River Walk, NISHM is open six days a week for tours, lectures and educational programs. It draws international visitors to its facilities, which educates the public on the people, places, products, and processes of steel making, as well as the importance of educating children in the STEAM discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)....

Jack Troy Lecture at Historic Yellow Springs

“Throwing Words; Composing Clay” Lecture with Jack Troy at Historic Yellow Springs Monday April 15, 7 to 8 p.m.   Historic Yellow Springs invites you to a lecture with internationally known potter, teacher and writer Jack Troy, entitled “Throwing Words; Composing Clay.” This is the second in the 2019 Art Lecture series at Historic Yellow Springs. “Throwing Words; Composing Clay” Troy will speak on this theme in a style that engages the audience in its weaving of words and images with his experience and knowledge of pottery. A humble master of both clay and language, his anecdotal stories include valuable technical and aesthetic considerations, humorous depictions of artistic challenges as a potter, and inspiring new ideas. Also included in the presentation, slides of Troy’s pottery reveal sources of inspiration as well as his understanding of ceramic history and its continuity to the present day. Troy adds, “In addition to documenting my work in clay with images, I will also be reading and reciting some of my poems—many of which are pottery related—that are important aspects of my expression.” If you have a passion for clay, art, poetry, or the process of transformation, this is an opportunity not to be missed. The lecture will take place on Monday April 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Washington Building in Historic Yellow Springs. Tickets may be purchased in advance as well as at the door the day of the event. Pottery, throwing sticks, and publications by Jack Troy will be for sale at the event. HYS Wood-Fired Kiln Rebuild Campaign All proceeds from sale of lecture tickets will go towards...

EvAngelos Frudakis 1921 – 2019

  EvAngelos Frudakis 1921 – 2019 EvAngelos Frudakis, a major figure in the world of 20th-century sculpture and resident of Philadelphia, died Feb. 16, 2019 at the age of 97. Mr. Frudakis had a strong influence in the field of sculpture through his monumental public works as well as through his teaching and mentoring. Recipient of the Medal of Honor for lifetime achievement by the National Sculpture Society, Mr. Frudakis is best known for his sculptures The Minuteman, installed at the National Guard Building in Washington, DC; The Signer in Independence Hall, Philadelphia; Fishing Bear at the Philadelphia Zoo; Reaching, a bronze female nude in the Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC; and Icarus and Daedalus, a bronze fountain at the Central Arkansas Library, Little Rock, AR. EvAngelos Frudakis working on his sculpture The Signer.Chester Springs Studio was a special place to Mr. Frudakis, who was awarded a scholarship and attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in the 1940s. He attended the Academy’s country school in Chester Springs in 1941-1942, and after WWII, continued his studies from 1945-1949. Mr. Frudakis called Chester Springs “a Shangri-la” and said the Sculpture Barn “was like a cathedral, with great north light—the three-dimensional lighting that you needed.” In 2016, Mr. Frudakis returned to  Chester Springs for an interview at Historic Yellow Springs, and to revisit sites used by the Academy. Mr. Frudakis studied with Academy instructor Walker Hancock, a noted sculptor who became known as one of the “Monuments Men,” a group of artists that recovered art treasures looted by the Nazis. He also studied with Harry Rosen and Charles Rudy, teachers at the Academy and Amadeo Merli, a...

Tribute to Bob Momyer, 1940 – 2019

Tribute to Bob Momyer 1940 – 2019 With heavy hearts, we share the very sad news of the passing of one of HYS’s great champions, Robert “Bob” Momyer, and offer our deepest condolences to his wife Sandy, the current Moore Archivist here at HYS and our Executive Director from 1986 until 2001. Sandy and Bob made an amazing team, were a great couple, and for some twenty years were the heart and soul of our organization. On behalf of the Board of Directors, and the many others like me who had the pleasure of working with Bob, I offer our deepest respect and gratitude for the unparalleled service he provided our organization. As my friend and fellow Board Member Mark Ashton wrote, in the flurry of email remembrances we’ve all been sharing since we heard the news, “Bob’s contributions were not derivative of Sandy’s, but stood on their own”. In his day, Bob volunteered for just about every event we had; was a stalwart First Gentleman when Sandy was Executive Director, served on more committees than I can count (including doing our press releases and advertising), was a tour guide, served several terms as a Board Member and as Vice President of our Board. Bob and I created the HYS Halloween event together, in conjunction with fellow Board Member Bob Willson. That was just one of the many roles he played at HYS over many years, but one that is particularly special to me. For five years we haunted the village together, scaring and exciting area children, while sneaking in a little history along the way. I’ll always remember...

Kids Creative Summer Camps

Join us this summer for the creative Kids Summer Camps at Historic Yellow Springs. Three weeks of art and clay camps and then the Archaeology Dig for Kids! Does your child like art? Enjoy shaping clay? Exploring nature? They may enjoy the great kids camp All About Nature from July 8 to 12, 2019. The lush natural surrounds of Historic Yellow Springs inspire art in a variety of media, techniques and natural textures. Explore the native plants, learn about the wildlife, and create art that may be used outdoors at your own home or displayed to bring the beauty of nature inside. Learn more about this Kids Half-Day Camp at Historic Yellow Springs...