Statement by Former First Lady Laura Bush:

“I enthusiastically support the partnership of the Chester County Historical Society and Adrian Martinez, nationally known artist, in creating The Visionary World of Humphry Marshall 1750-1800, a unique exhibit opening in the fall of 2016. Through Adrian Martinez’s paintings and his exhibit design incorporating some of the major artifacts in CCHS’s collection, Pennsylvania residents and tourists will actually see for the first time prominent local 18th century Chester County figures like “Indian Hannah” Freeman and renowned botanist Humphry Marshall.  It should be a wonderful show!”

Introduction: The Visionary World of Humphry Marshall 1750-1800 will be an artistic exploration of colonial Pennsylvania through the vision of acclaimed artist/guest curator Adrian Martinez. The exhibition will showcase a unique series of twelve original paintings depicting the evolution of Chester County from frontier to farmland in the last half of the eighteenth century, as well as artifacts from the CCHS collection. The exhibition will have a specific emphasis on Humphry Marshall, noted botanist and Chester Countian.

Major Themes and Audiences reached: Audiences include the general public and an expanded audience from CCHS’s usual visitors to include those artistically inclined, school students, and cultural tourists.  For the first time ever, visitors will have the opportunity to see these important figures in the pre-photography era. Additionally, Adrian Martinez has a national following that will bring other new audiences to CCHS. Educational modules and gallery talks will reach students young and old.

Major exhibition components: Paintings, objects, manuscripts, will be introduced to audiences in an immersive experience, relate to themes of this seminal time period, including botany and agriculture, Native Americans, social and economic relations, and the American Revolution.

CCHS thanks the Humphry Marshall Trust Fund, under the auspices of CCHS for their generous lead contribution, the 1675 Foundation, the Marshalton Conservation Trust, the Friends of Martin’s Tavern, Skip and Glenda Brion, Valerie and Craig Jester, Darcie and Larry Goldberg, Marcy and Rob Fenza and many other individuals.

Thank you to  everyone who helped to support this amazing show!