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National Sporting Library & Museum

National Sporting Library & Museum The National Sporting Library and Museum is dedicated to preserving, promoting and sharing the literature, art and culture of equestrian and field sports
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Founded in 1954, the institution has over 24,000-books dating from the 16th-21st centuries. The John H. Daniels Fellowship program supports the research of visiting scholars. The Museum, a newly renovated and expanded historic building on the Library campus, houses exhibits of American and European fine sporting art. Information is shared through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications and special events. The NSLM is open to researchers and the general public. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.nsl.org. NSLM 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117

Most of us have probably seen a wooden duck decoy in an antiques store, at an auction, or in a friend's home, but the de...
01/08/2019
The Art of Deception

Most of us have probably seen a wooden duck decoy in an antiques store, at an auction, or in a friend's home, but the decoy was a utilitarian tool long before it became a collectible sculpture. Hunters of waterfowl have used decoys from earliest times to lure their quarry into striking range. Rather than attempting to stalk skittish birds which would fly off at the slightest sound, hunters could lay a trap that would get the birds to come to them. [ 603 more words ]
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Most of us have probably seen a wooden duck decoy in an antiques store, at an auction, or in a friend’s home, but the decoy was a utilitarian tool long before it became a collectible sculptur…

Interested in horses in Early Modern England? Read this review of two new titles on the subject by Chuck Caramello, curr...
01/04/2019
Horses, historians, and early modern England - Horsetalk.co.nz

Interested in horses in Early Modern England? Read this review of two new titles on the subject by Chuck Caramello, currently an NSLM John H. Daniels Fellow!

Two new volumes offer an insight into Britain's social history through horse racing and the breeding ventures of a famous aristocratic.

Check out this great write up of Middleburg and Virginia Hunt Country with a section on NSLM - thanks for the mention Eq...
01/03/2019
Middleburg, VA, USA - The Nations Horse and Hunt Capital

Check out this great write up of Middleburg and Virginia Hunt Country with a section on NSLM - thanks for the mention Equipassion UK!

Middleburg, VA, USA - The Nations Horse and Hunt Capital At the foot of Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains, Middleburg is set in an area of natural beauty. A patchwork of rolling fields, forest, rivers and stone walls. Established in 1787, the small town of Middleburg began to attract fox hunters and...

Now is the time when people set their resolutions for the new year. The Library's main resolutions for 2019 are: (1) Com...
01/01/2019
Horse Racing Resolutions, 1936

Now is the time when people set their resolutions for the new year. The Library's main resolutions for 2019 are: (1) Complete setup of the Library's new Digital Repository (2) Catalog the periodicals collection Speaking of the periodicals project, we were going through some old copies of Thoroughbred Record to catalog them, and picked up the New Year's issue for 1936 (January 4). [ 293 more words ]
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Now is the time when people set their resolutions for the new year. The Library’s main resolutions for 2019 are: (1) Complete setup of the Library’s new Digital Repository (2) Catalog …

Less than 48 hours left to make an end of year gift to NSLM!Visit nationalsporting.org/donate by midnight tomorrow to do...
12/30/2018

Less than 48 hours left to make an end of year gift to NSLM!

Visit nationalsporting.org/donate by midnight tomorrow to donate online.

Our most popular blog post ever was about Miss Charlotte, founder of Foxcroft School here in Middleburg. And our curator...
12/28/2018
Miss Charlotte’s Sporting School

Our most popular blog post ever was about Miss Charlotte, founder of Foxcroft School here in Middleburg. And our curator got to see Miss Charlotte's portrait earlier this month in the exhibition "The Business of Bodies: Ellen Emmet Rand (1875-1941) and the Persuasion of Portraiture" at the William Benton Museum of Art!

Check out the blog below to learn more about Miss Charlotte and see her portrait!

“Mrs. Noland, I hesitate to suggest it, but do you think you might eliminate molasses from the boys’ breakfast?” Rosalie Noland had welcomed the school headmistress to her home wi…

The year before last, one of our books up for repair from our Book Adoption Program was written by John Henry Walsh (181...
12/25/2018
“Stonehenge” and Rural Sports

The year before last, one of our books up for repair from our Book Adoption Program was written by John Henry Walsh (1810-1888), who wrote under the pseudonym "Stonehenge." The book, called British Rural Sports, was adopted for restoration by John and Kelly Johnson. British Rural Sports is an all-in-one volume on 19th Century country sport, showing off Walsh's command of sporting topics with almost 1,000 pages of content on foxhunting, steeplechase, fly fishing, all variety of shooting and hunting, dog breeds, canine and equine anatomy, and more. [ 242 more words ]
https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/25/stonehenge-and-rural-sports/

The year before last, one of our books up for repair from our Book Adoption Program was written by John Henry Walsh (1810-1888), who wrote under the pseudonym “Stonehenge.” The book, ca…

One week left to make an end of year gift to the National Sporting Library & Museum - you make a difference, support us ...
12/25/2018

One week left to make an end of year gift to the National Sporting Library & Museum - you make a difference, support us today!

Visit nationalsporting.org/donate to make your gift of support online.

We're open this weekend! With two great exhibitions, highlights from our permanent collection, and a whole library of bo...
12/20/2018

We're open this weekend! With two great exhibitions, highlights from our permanent collection, and a whole library of books, there's something for everybody at NSLM.

Occasionally the drama of horse racing spills over from the racetrack.  In 1977 it splashed onto a mare called Fanfreluc...
12/18/2018
Fanfreluche Stolen!

Occasionally the drama of horse racing spills over from the racetrack. In 1977 it splashed onto a mare called Fanfreluche, who was stolen from Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky, and was missing without a trace for several months. This tale of intrigue was covered by many news outlets but for all things Thoroughbred, The Blood-Horse Weekly magazine is the ideal resource. [ 866 more words ]
https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/18/fanfreluche-stolen/

Occasionally the drama of horse racing spills over from the racetrack. In 1977 it splashed onto a mare called Fanfreluche, who was stolen from Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky, and was missing …

Did you know, in addition to our books on the subject, we have a collection of fishing rods and ties? Stop by the Librar...
12/17/2018

Did you know, in addition to our books on the subject, we have a collection of fishing rods and ties? Stop by the Library to see them in person!

The weather outside is frightful, but inside NSLM it's delightful! Come for a visit and enjoy one of the cozy Library al...
12/15/2018

The weather outside is frightful, but inside NSLM it's delightful! Come for a visit and enjoy one of the cozy Library alcoves on this dreary day. #nationalsporting #visitmiddleburg #visitloudoun #middleburgmoment

Looking for a great gift for the sporting enthusiast in your life? Enroll them in NSLM's membership program!Our members ...
12/13/2018

Looking for a great gift for the sporting enthusiast in your life? Enroll them in NSLM's membership program!

Our members receive great benefits like free admission to the Museum, discounts on programming, and more! Visit our website today: http://www.nationalsporting.org/nslm/membership

For those of us who have never attempted to ride in a sidesaddle, the idea might conjure images of a subdued and dainty ...
12/11/2018
True Grit: Riding Aside in Art

For those of us who have never attempted to ride in a sidesaddle, the idea might conjure images of a subdued and dainty rider unchallenged by her environment. For those knowledgeable about the physical ability needed to pursue hunting, however, sidesaddle riding evokes admiration and even awe for the skilled athlete who makes it appear effortless. Sporting artworks beginning with early depictions of women’s forays into the hunting field riding aside (as opposed to astride) on horseback reveal them to be highly trained equestrians fully capable of jumping and galloping alongside men, and sometimes besting them. [ 527 more words ]
https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/true-grit-riding-aside-in-art/

For those of us who have never attempted to ride in a sidesaddle, the idea might conjure images of a subdued and dainty rider unchallenged by her environment. For those knowledgeable about the phys…

Haven't made it to Middleburg yet to to see "Sidesaddle, 1690-1935?" Check out this online slideshow of paintings courte...
12/10/2018
Equestrians Through the Ages – Garden & Gun

Haven't made it to Middleburg yet to to see "Sidesaddle, 1690-1935?" Check out this online slideshow of paintings courtesy of Garden & Gun Magazine and then come visit to see the pieces in person!

The Sidesaddle exhibit at Virginia’s National Sporting Library & Museum illustrates women’s profound influence on horseback riding

We know you read our weekly blog, but have you browsed through past posts? There's so much amazing information, includin...
12/06/2018
“Working my way to the bottom:” How a debutante became the first woman farrier in the U.S.

We know you read our weekly blog, but have you browsed through past posts? There's so much amazing information, including this post from 2015 about Ada Gates Patton, the first female farrier in the United States!

Ada Gates Patton is one of the most recognizable farriers of our day. She shoed racehorses across the United States for decades with an infectious passion. With her tenacity and genuine love for th…

With winter weather closing in and the holiday season nearly upon us, one might find oneself stuck inside with visiting ...
12/04/2018
Whist Anyone?

With winter weather closing in and the holiday season nearly upon us, one might find oneself stuck inside with visiting family and searching for an activity to fill the time. If the allure of the television has waned, and you'd like to do something that gets everyone actively involved, I suggest going old school. How about a card or dicing game? [ 1,216 more word ]
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With winter weather closing in and the holiday season nearly upon us, one might find oneself stuck inside with visiting family and searching for an activity to fill the time. If the allure of the …

The afternoon parade passing in front of NSLM! We're open til 5, warm and dry
12/01/2018

The afternoon parade passing in front of NSLM! We're open til 5, warm and dry

Getting spruced up for Christmas in Middleburg! #nationalsporting #museumlife #librarylife #visitmiddleburg #visitloudou...
12/01/2018

Getting spruced up for Christmas in Middleburg! #nationalsporting #museumlife #librarylife #visitmiddleburg #visitloudoun

11/28/2018

Update: As of 11:30am power is back and we are open!

Anyone who has ever witnessed a horse race will undoubtedly recall the riot of color and pattern displayed by the jockey...
11/27/2018
Racing Colours

Anyone who has ever witnessed a horse race will undoubtedly recall the riot of color and pattern displayed by the jockeys on their jackets and caps. Although this flamboyant wardrobe, known as racing colours, adds to the cachet of the sport, the colors and designs serve an important function in the racing world. Each is unique to a specific horse owner and this "livery" allows judges, announcers, and spectators to more readily tell the horses apart. [ 606 more words ]
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Anyone who has ever witnessed a horse race will undoubtedly recall the riot of color and pattern displayed by the jockeys on their jackets and caps. Although this flamboyant wardrobe, known as rac…

Do you know about our Book Adoption Program?Well-loved books from our collection in need of repair can be adopted online...
11/26/2018
Book Adoption

Do you know about our Book Adoption Program?

Well-loved books from our collection in need of repair can be adopted online in honor of a friend or family member. Once books are restored, they go back on the shelf where researchers and general visitors alike can enjoy and learn from these valuable resources. Adopt a book today!

We are open today and through the weekend - come visit and see "On Fly in the Salt: American Saltwater Fly Fishing from ...
11/23/2018

We are open today and through the weekend - come visit and see "On Fly in the Salt: American Saltwater Fly Fishing from the Surf to the Flats."

And don't forget: Saturday at 10am is Coffee with the Curator featuring a tour through "On Fly in the Salt!"

Happy Thanksgiving!NSLM is closed today, but we will be OPEN Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10am-5pm so come visit!Image: ...
11/22/2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

NSLM is closed today, but we will be OPEN Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10am-5pm so come visit!

Image: "Portrait of Mrs. William C. Langley, Aside on Sandown," 1921, Franklin Brooke Voss (American, 1880-1953), oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches. Gift of Mrs. Eleanor Langley Fletcher, 1962.

11/21/2018
National Sporting Library & Museum

Check out this great preview of NSLM and then come for a visit - Wednesdays we have free admission and a Gallery Talk at 2pm!

Thanks to Tyler Cadenas of Twin Crest Productions for this great video showcasing our campus and permanent collection!

There are more things than books in the Library, and some of our most unusual items in the collection are stored in a tr...
11/20/2018
A Medallion With Heart

There are more things than books in the Library, and some of our most unusual items in the collection are stored in a tray in the Rare Book Room. The same tray has some of our unique, prehistoric materials as well as a small assortment of commemorative medallions and buttons.

There are more things than books in the Library, and some of our most unusual items in the collection are stored in a tray in the Rare Book Room. The same tray has some of our unique, prehistoric m…

What have been some of your favorite events and experiences at NSLM this year? Ours include having historic interpreters...
11/16/2018

What have been some of your favorite events and experiences at NSLM this year? Ours include having historic interpreters from Colonial Williamsburg visit for the opening day of "Sidesaddle, 1690-1935!"

Make a donation today to help support these and other NSLM programs throughout the year: nationalsporting.org/donate

11/15/2018

Due to inclement weather, NSLM will be closed Thursday, November 15th. We will see you all on Friday!

11/14/2018
See What's Inside at NSLM

Thanks to Tyler Cadenas of Twin Crest Productions for this great video showcasing our campus and permanent collection!

If you haven't stopped by recently, come to the Museum to view these two new acquisitions donated by friends of the NSLM...
11/14/2018

If you haven't stopped by recently, come to the Museum to view these two new acquisitions donated by friends of the NSLM!

NSLM is pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Caramello, a John H. Daniels Fellow, has recently had his new book publishe...
11/13/2018
Pembroke and Tyndale Revisited

NSLM is pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Caramello, a John H. Daniels Fellow, has recently had his new book published by Xenophon Press. Eighteenth Century Equitation: "Military Equitation; A Method of Breaking Horses and Teaching Soldiers to Ride" by The Earl of Pembroke & "A Treatise on Military Equitation" by William Tyndale, provides facsimile copies of two classic English manuals on military horsemanship from the late 1700’s, and enhances them with notes and commentary by Dr. [ 298 more words ]
https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/pembroke-and-tyndale-revisited/

NSLM is pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Caramello, a John H. Daniels Fellow, has recently had his new book published by Xenophon Press. Eighteenth Century Equitation: “Military Equitati…

Have you been to see "Sidesaddle, 1690-1935" yet? Stop by and visit this feature exhibition!
11/09/2018

Have you been to see "Sidesaddle, 1690-1935" yet? Stop by and visit this feature exhibition!

When a covey of quail is flushed, the birds instinctively take simultaneous flight from cover in an energetic burst, dis...
11/06/2018
Covey Rise by Ogden Pleissner: A Classic Piece of Sporting Life

When a covey of quail is flushed, the birds instinctively take simultaneous flight from cover in an energetic burst, dispersing within seconds. It makes for challenging sport, and from mid-October to mid-March, in what is known as the Southern plantation belt, a tradition plays out, much like it has for over a hundred years. Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama are known for premiere quail shooting. Many of the properties that are still in operation were acquired after the Civil War by industrialists who cultivated habitats for the game birds and popularized the genteel pursuit.
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When a covey of quail is flushed, the birds instinctively take simultaneous flight from cover in an energetic burst, dispersing within seconds. It makes for challenging sport, and from mid-October …

It's another beautiful Fall day in Middleburg. Come out, and visit us at NSLM! We're open until 5pm.
11/04/2018

It's another beautiful Fall day in Middleburg. Come out, and visit us at NSLM! We're open until 5pm.

Check out these images of Scotland from Lionel Edwards' "My Scottish Sketchbook" held in our rare book room!#sportingart...
11/01/2018

Check out these images of Scotland from Lionel Edwards' "My Scottish Sketchbook" held in our rare book room!

#sportingart #nationalsporting #scotland #scottishhighlands #dogsofinstagram #huntdiary #hunting

For approximately 75 years, from the 1850's into the 1920's, horses formed a key element of firefighting companies.  Pri...
10/30/2018
Fire Horses

For approximately 75 years, from the 1850's into the 1920's, horses formed a key element of firefighting companies. Prior to the introduction of horses, humans pulled the firefighting equipment to blazes. The superior strength and speed of horses allowed longer ladder wagons, and larger pumpers and chemical wagons to be used, and the equipment and firefighters arrived to the scene of the fire much more quickly. [ 543 more words ]
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For approximately 75 years, from the 1850’s into the 1920’s, horses formed a key element of firefighting companies. Prior to the introduction of horses, humans pulled the firefighting …

We were excited to welcome the Old Dominion Packard Club on Thursday for a tour of our current exhibitions: "Sidesaddle,...
10/27/2018

We were excited to welcome the Old Dominion Packard Club on Thursday for a tour of our current exhibitions: "Sidesaddle, 1690-1935" and "On Fly in the Salt: American Saltwater Fly Fishing from the Surf to the Flats."

Interested in booking a tour for your group? Contact Anne Marie Paquette at [email protected] or (540) 687-6542 x25 today!

Claudia Pfeiffer, our George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator of Art, went all the way to the William Benton Museum of Art to se...
10/25/2018

Claudia Pfeiffer, our George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator of Art, went all the way to the William Benton Museum of Art to see Miss Charlotte Noland, founder of the Foxcroft School in "The Business of Bodies: Ellen Emmet Rand" exhibition!

The F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room at NSLM houses our rare collections. These collections include more than just books:...
10/23/2018
Sprucing up the Rare Book Room

The F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room at NSLM houses our rare collections. These collections include more than just books: manuscripts, typescripts, letters, panoramas, and other ephemera are housed there. Over the past 18 months, we have been working hard on reprocessing the collections in Rare Books. This project was brought to completion recently. We've certainly made a lot of progress! [ 167 more words ]
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The F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room at NSLM houses our rare collections. These collections include more than just books: manuscripts, typescripts, letters, panoramas, and other ephemera are housed …

You know that "Sidesaddle, 1690-1935" is currently on view, but did you know that NSLM also has a collection of photogra...
10/18/2018
NSLM Online Exhibitions

You know that "Sidesaddle, 1690-1935" is currently on view, but did you know that NSLM also has a collection of photographs of Lucy McCormick Blair Linn riding aside with the Piedmont Hounds?

Check out the link below to see these images in an online exhibition by one of our past Library interns!

Last month, the Library received a tremendous donation: a lifetime collection of equestrian photographs. The Patricia W....
10/16/2018
The Patricia W. MacVeagh Photo Collection

Last month, the Library received a tremendous donation: a lifetime collection of equestrian photographs. The Patricia W. MacVeagh Photo Collection spans from 1939 to 2014. MacVeagh photographed horse shows and races from St. Louis to Virginia. Born June 16, 1929, as Patricia Kathryn Williams, MacVeagh graduated high school in 1947, attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she graduated with a degree in Spanish in 1951. [ 363 more words ]
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Last month, the Library received a tremendous donation: a lifetime collection of equestrian photographs. The Patricia W. MacVeagh Photo Collection spans from 1939 to 2014. MacVeagh photographed hor…

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