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

As a student in George Washington University’s Museum Studies program, I am required to complete a 260-hr internship a...
04/16/2019
Intern Highlight: Cynthia Kurtz

As a student in George Washington University’s Museum Studies program, I am required to complete a 260-hr internship at a museum as part of my curriculum. Given my passion for horses and dogs and the ways they serve us, the National Sporting Library & Museum was the perfect opportunity for me to combine my interests with my education. Fortunately, they also offer a robust internship program and were more than willing to work with my GWU advisor and me to put together a program of study and work. [ 471 more words ]
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As a student in George Washington University’s Museum Studies program, I am required to complete a 260-hr internship at a museum as part of my curriculum. Given my passion for horses and dogs and t…

We have over 1,300 objects in the museum collection at the National Sporting Library & Museum. Those objects can be brok...
04/09/2019
Why are there so many collections in a collection?

We have over 1,300 objects in the museum collection at the National Sporting Library & Museum. Those objects can be broken down into three categories of collections: permanent, study, and loan collections. Regardless of which collection an object belongs to, the motto is the same: we treat all objects with the same care and attention. The objects in the permanent collection have been donated or bequeathed to the NSLM or… [ 665 more words ]
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We have over 1,300 objects in the museum collection at the National Sporting Library & Museum.  Those objects can be broken down into three categories of collections: permanent, study, and…

Psst...want to receive free admission to the Museum all year long? Join our membership program today!NSLM members enjoy ...
04/08/2019

Psst...want to receive free admission to the Museum all year long? Join our membership program today!

NSLM members enjoy great benefits, including discounted (often free) program admission, invitations to special exhibition opening events, and more. Members are vital to helping us fulfill our mission - learn more on our website at http://www.nationalsporting.org/nslm/membership.

When we visit a museum and admire the great works hanging there, it is easy to imagine the masterful artists sitting dow...
04/02/2019
Cuthbert Bradley Watercolors: Unframed

When we visit a museum and admire the great works hanging there, it is easy to imagine the masterful artists sitting down and creating each piece in one swift movement, merely putting brush to canvas and bringing to life yet another masterpiece. In actuality, the process of creating art is a long and arduous one, and the work hanging in the gallery is seldom the first… [ 815 more words ]
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When we visit a museum and admires the great works hanging there, it is easy to imagine the masterful artists sitting down and creating each piece in one swift movement, merely putting brush to can…

Missing Sidesaddle? So are we...never fear - we have not one, but TWO new exhibitions opening on April 12!"Deconstructed...
03/29/2019

Missing Sidesaddle? So are we...never fear - we have not one, but TWO new exhibitions opening on April 12!

"Deconstructed: The NSLM Sporting Screen" centers on a unique decorative object from the NSLM’s permanent collection, while "NSLMology: The Science of Sporting Art" explores scientific principles in three centuries of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper! Learn more about these upcoming shows on our website at http://www.nationalsporting.org/nslm/exhibitions/14.

A book seller I recently talked with had a curious item for sale: a selection of plates depicting riders in a steeplecha...
03/26/2019
The Grand Steeple Chace at Hog’s Norton

A book seller I recently talked with had a curious item for sale: a selection of plates depicting riders in a steeplechase race. The steeds were pigs, and so were the riders! The piece jogged my memory. We looked through the collection and found a piece from John Daniels' ephemera collection: Grand Steeple Chace Run at Hog's Norton Exemplified in Six Plates by J. [ 146 more words ]
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A book seller I recently talked with had a curious item for sale: a selection of plates depicting riders in a steeplechase race. The steeds were pigs, and so were the riders! The piece jogged my me…

George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Librarian John Connolly presenting on the success of the Library reprocessing project #VAM2...
03/24/2019

George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Librarian John Connolly presenting on the success of the Library reprocessing project #VAM2019 #nationalsporting

Cheering on Anne Marie Paquette, NSLM's Clarice and Robert H. Smith Educator, and John Connolly, the George L. Ohrstrom,...
03/24/2019

Cheering on Anne Marie Paquette, NSLM's Clarice and Robert H. Smith Educator, and John Connolly, the George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Librarian, while they present at the Virginia Association of Museums conference in Lynchburg. #VAM2019 #museumlife #nationalsporting

This year marks the 500th running of the Kiplingcotes Derby, the oldest continuously run horse race in England.  It is a...
03/19/2019
Kiplingcotes Derby: Still Running After 500 Years

This year marks the 500th running of the Kiplingcotes Derby, the oldest continuously run horse race in England. It is a grueling four and a half mile, cross country race over the Wolds of Yorkshire that has been run annually on the third Thursday of March since 1519. The Library holds a copy of The Kiplingcotes Derby: England's Oldest Horse Race… [ 888 more words ]
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This year marks the 500th running of the Kiplingcotes Derby, the oldest continuously run horse race in England. It is a grueling four and a half mile, cross country race over the Wolds of Yorkshir…

"Just living is not enough.... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower" -Hans Christian Anderson Since the ...
03/12/2019
‘Ship it: Ecological Relationships in Sporting Art

"Just living is not enough.... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower" -Hans Christian Anderson Since the beginning of time, mankind has left permanent marks on the planet. Ancient peoples cultivated wild plants and animals, and built great civilizations. Now, people live in almost every ecosystem on the planet- whether in the tundra, in forests, or on tropical islands. 670 more words [ 562 more words ]
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“Just living is not enough…. one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower” -Hans Christian Anderson Since the beginning of time, mankind has left permanent marks on the pl…

An old proverb says that "good fences make good neighbors." An equally-true corollary could be that clear boundaries do ...
03/05/2019
Hunt Maps

An old proverb says that "good fences make good neighbors." An equally-true corollary could be that clear boundaries do the same for foxhunting territories. In times of dispute, territories could be closely monitored to ensure no infractions across the boundaries. But more often, boundaries can be mapped to show which properties are open for hunting and which are not. Navigation while hunting can be a tricky process, especially for those visitors in unfamiliar terrain. [ 225 more words ]
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An old proverb says that “good fences make good neighbors.” An equally-true corollary could be that clear boundaries do the same for foxhunting territories. In times of dispute, territo…

03/03/2019

Apologies Folks, but today's Sunday Sketch with Gail Guirreri-Maslyk is canceled due to inclement weather.

A recent reference question sent me on a hunt to find out if any fillies had ever won the Kentucky Derby.  It turns out ...
02/26/2019
Ladies of the Kentucky Derby

A recent reference question sent me on a hunt to find out if any fillies had ever won the Kentucky Derby. It turns out that three ladies have won the fabled race at Churchill Downs. The first was a chestnut mare with a white blaze named Regret who won the 1915 contest. Regret was bred and owned by Harry Payne Whitney, a member of America's horse racing royalty. [ 1,011 more word ]
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A recent reference question sent me on a hunt to find out if any fillies had ever won the Kentucky Derby. It turns out that three ladies have won the fabled race at Churchill Downs. The first was…

02/19/2019

Due to inclement weather, NSLM will be closed Wednesday, February 20th. Stay safe, see you Thursday!

I feel a particular kinship to the Sidesaddle, 1690-1935 exhibition, on view at the National Sporting Library & Museum u...
02/19/2019
Installing Sidesaddle

I feel a particular kinship to the Sidesaddle, 1690-1935 exhibition, on view at the National Sporting Library & Museum until March 24, 2019. I’m not an avid sidesaddle rider (I’m not a rider at all) but because this was my first project here at the NSLM as a full-time staff member. I started my new position as Collections Manager on Monday morning, August 27, 2019, and, along with our curator, Claudia Pfeiffer, and art handler, Alex Orfila, installation began. [ 714 more words ]
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I feel a particular kinship to the Sidesaddle, 1690-1935 exhibition, on view at the National Sporting Library & Museum until March 24, 2019.  I’m not an avid sidesaddle rider (I’m not a ri…

02/14/2019
Jersey Haven Equestrian

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1. Some NSLM Holdings             As a quick search of the collection reveals, the National Sporting Library holds some ...
02/12/2019
Siegfried Sassoon, Fox-Hunting, and the Great War

1. Some NSLM Holdings As a quick search of the collection reveals, the National Sporting Library holds some 956 books on “fox-hunting,” ranging in date from J. Roberts, An Essay on Hunting (1733) to Alastair Jackson, Lady of the Chase: The Life and Hunting Diaries of Daphne Moore (2018). Anyone likely to be visiting this website will know all the familiar names, from the prolific Nimrod and Robert Smith Surtees, to the less widely published William Scarth Dixon and Willoughby de Broke, Richard Greville Verney, to writers primarily known for one seminal work: Anthony Trollope, … [ 1,845 more word ]
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1. Some NSLM Holdings As a quick search of the collection reveals, the National Sporting Library holds some 956 books on “fox-hunting,” ranging in date from J. Roberts, An Essay on Hunt…

All about the fly! Stop by NSLM to see these flys in "On Fly in the Salt!" #fishing #middleburglife #sportinglife #visit...
02/07/2019

All about the fly! Stop by NSLM to see these flys in "On Fly in the Salt!" #fishing #middleburglife #sportinglife #visitmiddleburg #nationalsporting #visitloudoun #flyfishing

What do a stuffed horse, Seattle Slew, the Black Stallion, and Ronald Reagan all have in common? Although the question m...
02/05/2019
Weird and Wonderful: Horse Photography Collection Donation

What do a stuffed horse, Seattle Slew, the Black Stallion, and Ronald Reagan all have in common? Although the question may seem like the set up for the punchline to a joke, the answer is that they are among the far-ranging photographic subjects represented in the vintage and antique equine imagery recently donated to the National Sporting Library & Museum by Judith… [ 681 more words ]
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What do a stuffed horse, Seattle Slew, the Black Stallion, and Ronald Reagan all have in common? Although the question may seem like the set up for the punchline to a joke, the answer is that they …

Great turn out for Sunday Sketch with Alice Porter today! Well done to all who participated.
02/03/2019

Great turn out for Sunday Sketch with Alice Porter today! Well done to all who participated.

02/01/2019

NSLM is closing at 11:30 this morning, it's really coming down in Middleburg! Stay safe and see you tomorrow

01/30/2019

We are open free of charge today! Bring the family for a guided tour at 2pm

As I've been working on cataloging the Library's periodical holdings, I've come to realize that these journals provided ...
01/29/2019
Engravings of the Chase

As I've been working on cataloging the Library's periodical holdings, I've come to realize that these journals provided an outlet for artists and engravers, both of which were frequently employed to provide illustrations for publication. One such journal that is absolutely crammed with lovely engravings is the French weekly newspaper, La Chasse Illustree, (The Illustrated Hunt) which ran under slightly varying titles from 1867 to 1914. [ 381 more words ]
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As I’ve been working on cataloging the Library’s periodical holdings, I’ve come to realize that these journals provided an outlet for artists and engravers, both of which were fre…

NSLM is honored and thrilled to be the recipient of this important gift of historic equine photography. Visitors will se...
01/24/2019
A history of horses, captured on film

NSLM is honored and thrilled to be the recipient of this important gift of historic equine photography. Visitors will see pieces from this collection on view this Spring!

Warrenton residents Jo and Judith Tartt have donated their collection of more than 160 photographs illustrating the relationship between the horse and photography to the National Sporting Library and Museum

Even Still Water has to have his ears cleaned now and again #museumlife #nationalsporting #visitmiddleburg
01/23/2019

Even Still Water has to have his ears cleaned now and again #museumlife #nationalsporting #visitmiddleburg

"The sky is the daily bread of the eyes" -Ralph Waldo Emerson Art is often best viewed with one's head in the clouds. Te...
01/22/2019
Weather, You Like it or Not: Skylines in Sporting Art

"The sky is the daily bread of the eyes" -Ralph Waldo Emerson Art is often best viewed with one's head in the clouds. Temperature, season, and weather are all defined in the skyline of landscape and sporting scenes. Artists may use dramatic cumulonimbus clouds to mirror the excitement of a race, or low-hanging swathes of mist to promise a dewy morning, giving way to the afternoon sun. [ 446 more words ]
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“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Art is often best viewed with one’s head in the clouds. Temperature, season, and weather are all defined in the skyli…

Field trip to James Madison's Montpelier! #belatedmuseumselfieday
01/17/2019

Field trip to James Madison's Montpelier! #belatedmuseumselfieday

In July 1836, a stage coach at Walham Green suffered an accident: runaway horses overturned the coach and several passen...
01/15/2019
James Pollard, Coaching Painter

In July 1836, a stage coach at Walham Green suffered an accident: runaway horses overturned the coach and several passengers suffered broken limbs. One of the passengers was forcibly thrown from the coach, but escaped with only a strained back. That passenger was named James Pollard, a painter of coaches and carriages who was also a great traveler across the English countryside in pursuit of his occupation. [ 302 more words ]
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In July 1836, a stage coach at Walham Green suffered an accident: runaway horses overturned the coach and several passengers suffered broken limbs. One of the passengers was forcibly thrown from th…

01/13/2019

NSLM will be closed today due to snow. We will open per our usual hours on Wednesday, see you then!

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…

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