Stark Museum hosts new exhibition and book signing: Long Shadow: Lutcher-Stark Lumber Dynasty

Stark Museum hosts new exhibition and book signing: Long Shadow: Lutcher-Stark Lumber Dynasty

The Stark Museum of Art is hosting a reception and book signing for the new exhibit Long Shadow: The Lutcher-Stark Lumber Dynasty, Saturday January 27 from 1:00-4:00 pm.

The exhibition features historic photographs and documents from the Eunice R. Benckenstein Library & Archive. “The exhibit grew out of the recent publication of the same name,” said Jennifer Hudson Connors, manager of the library and archive. It tells the story of the Lutcher and Stark families at work, in the community and at home. Many of these items from the collection have not been on public view before, and will be on display in this exhibition for the first time.

Drew Whatley, Educator for Public History, will offer a brief talk, Business on the Bayou, looking back at the importance of deepwater development in Orange. The talk begins at 1:30, and is available to all guests who wish to attend.

Authors, Ellen Rienstra and JoAnn Stiles, of the award-winning book, The Long Shadow: The Lutcher-Stark Lumber Dynasty, will be available to sign books. Books are also available to purchase in the Stark Museum of Art lobby.

The Long Shadow: The Lutcher-Stark Lumber Dynasty, written by Ellen Walker Rienstra and Jo Ann Stiles, received a 2017 AASLH Award. This publication is from The H.J Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, The University of Texas at Austin and distributed by Tower Books, an Imprint of the University of Texas Press,

The book is a culmination of many years’ research on the history of the illustrious Lutcher/Stark lumbering family of Southeast Texas. Described by co-author Ellen Rienstra, “The book serves as a chronicle of the Texas Lumber industry; a sizeable segment of the history of the University of Texas; an intriguing family saga; and a portrayal of the mores, customs, terrain, and clime of Southeast Texas, an area unique to the rest of the state. This work represents the culmination of the first time the extensive archives of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Foundation have been made available to researchers.”Stark Museum of Art is located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, and is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit starkmuseum.org.

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