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

The NSLM is looking for a detail oriented, self-motivated, friendly, and professional Visitor Services Associate!  For m...
03/12/2020

The NSLM is looking for a detail oriented, self-motivated, friendly, and professional Visitor Services Associate! For more information about how to apply please visit https://bit.ly/2Q5ptsT.

As one of the first successful, professional female portrait artists in the United States, Ellen Emmet Rand was a force ...
03/08/2020

As one of the first successful, professional female portrait artists in the United States, Ellen Emmet Rand was a force to be reckoned with. ⁣

The first female student of American painter and sculptor Frederick MacMonnies, Rand painted over 500 commissioned works in her lifetime including the first Presidential portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She was able to support her family's country lifestyle with her art and was featured in 70 exhibitions. ⁣

Most of her paintings are in privately held collections and not available for public viewing. Be sure to stop by to see 47 of her pieces in our exhibition, "Ellen Emmet Rand: Leading the Field," before it closes on March 22, 2020.⁣

#IWD2020 #5WomenArtists #womenshistorymonth⁣

[📷: Ellen Emmet Rand in her studio, Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum J0038382]

We're closing early today, Saturday, March 7, 2020! We will be open for normal business hours tomorrow.
03/07/2020

We're closing early today, Saturday, March 7, 2020! We will be open for normal business hours tomorrow.

I was recently at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, Virginia with a friend, who is also the employee ...
03/03/2020
Please Do Not Touch (except when it's okay)

I was recently at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, Virginia with a friend, who is also the employee of a museum, and we were enjoying the Cast of Punt Reliefs from the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahri (here’s a link, it’s wonderful!). It’s a replica relief of the original and the only thing separating Us from It was a railing…how we wanted to touch it!

https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/03/please-do-not-touch-except-when-its-okay/

I was recently at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, Virginia with a friend, who is also the employee of a museum, and we were enjoying the Cast of Punt Reliefs from the Temple of…

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!The NSLM celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday over the weekend with stor...
03/02/2020

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

The NSLM celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' birthday over the weekend with story time featuring "Dr. Suess's Horse Museum," read by Michelle Guzman, our George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Librarian.

A copy of this book is available in our library any time you'd like to brush up on your Dr. Seuss!

Happy Leap Day from NSLM! How will you spend your extra day? If you haven’t got plans, be sure to stop by and see our ne...
02/29/2020

Happy Leap Day from NSLM!

How will you spend your extra day? If you haven’t got plans, be sure to stop by and see our newest exhibition, “Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration”

Calling all anglers! 🎣Be a part of NSLM's Angling in April and the "Angling in Special Collections" Library exhibit with...
02/27/2020

Calling all anglers! 🎣

Be a part of NSLM's Angling in April and the "Angling in Special Collections" Library exhibit with our digital photo wall!

Submit a digital photo to [email protected] with your best catch.

No names or photo credits are associated with the digital photo wall. Trout Unlimited and others, help us out!

Did you know that NSLM is home to the first book published in America on fishing?  🎣NSLM George L. Ohrstom, Jr. Head Lib...
02/25/2020
"Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing"

Did you know that NSLM is home to the first book published in America on fishing? 🎣

NSLM George L. Ohrstom, Jr. Head Librarian Michelle Guzman takes us on a deep dive into the text for this week's blog:

The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) is not only home to the first book published in America on organized foxhunting, the NSLM is also a proud steward of the first book published in Am…

Be sure to check out Episode 7 of The Middleburg Podcast featuring our own George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Curator Claudia ...
02/22/2020
The Middleburg Podcast

Be sure to check out Episode 7 of The Middleburg Podcast featuring our own George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Curator Claudia Pfeiffer!

Episode 7 has dropped so refresh your podcast app.

This week we take a tour of the National Sporting Library & Museum with Claudia Pfeiffer who explains the history of the museum, for which she has been the Curator since 2012. Claudia describes the two current exhibitions of Ellen Emmet Rand - Leading the Field which begins on the museum’s first floor and extends to the 2nd floor. Beyond that moving into the original house on which the museum was founded is exhibition of Phyllis Mills Wyeth: A Celebration. which extends through five rooms. We then come back to the first floor for the permanent collection which includes five centuries of paintings, sculpture and works on paper. The Leading the Field Exhibition runs until March 22 and the Phyllis Mills Wyatt Collection through to June 28th. My thanks to Claudia for sharing her knowledge and anecdotes about these wonderful exhibitions.

For more information and opening times visit http://www.nationalsporting.org/nslm.

Email us with comments, questions and suggestions at [email protected].

Act fast and register for our next Sunday Sketch led by local artist Alice Porter! 🎨What skills do top portrait artist’s...
02/21/2020

Act fast and register for our next Sunday Sketch led by local artist Alice Porter! 🎨

What skills do top portrait artist’s master? Anatomy and drapery! The Ellen Emmet Rand exhibit provides an excellent opportunity for students to study these key components of portraiture. Artists will review the basic proportions and features of the head, and study how to render drapery over human anatomy.

Free and open to the public; artists of all ages are invited to sketch; all materials are provided.

To register, please contact [email protected] or (540) 687-6542 x4

Calling all scholars! 📣 The National Sporting Library & Museum is now accepting applications for the 2021 John H. Daniel...
02/18/2020

Calling all scholars! 📣 The National Sporting Library & Museum is now accepting applications for the 2021 John H. Daniels Fellowship program. The fellowship program serves to promote awareness of, and innovative, scholarly use of the institution's unique collections focused on equestrian and field sports. ⁣⁣

The ideal applicants are researchers who wish to use the NSLM's collections in support of original scholarship and who have plans for publication. Fellowships are awarded for two months or less. The maximum stipend is $2000 per month. Funds are awarded in honor of the legacy of sportsman and book collector John H. Daniels.⁣⁣

For more information and to apply https://form.jotform.com/200295702445148

Deadline for application is June 15, 2020.⁣⁣⁣

It is one of the most endearing stories I know: a tale of a boy who had a crush that turned into an over 50-year marriag...
02/18/2020
Phyllis Mills Wyeth Comes Home

It is one of the most endearing stories I know: a tale of a boy who had a crush that turned into an over 50-year marriage. The boy, Jamie Wyeth (American, b. 1946), became a famous artist and his wife, Phyllis Mills Wyeth (1940–2019), his muse. It is a story of triumph, of spirit, and of tenacity. It is a Wyeth story, it is a Mills story, and, at the heart of it, it is a celebration of life. Jamie Wyeth expressed this enchanted tale in his paintings...
https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2020/02/18/phyllis-mills-wyeth-comes-home/

It is one of the most endearing stories I know: a tale of a boy who had a crush that turned into an over 50-year marriage. The boy, Jamie Wyeth (American, b. 1946), became a famous artist and his w…

Don't miss out on Professor Charles Caramello's discussion on whether "riding to hounds" prepared men for the Great War,...
02/16/2020

Don't miss out on Professor Charles Caramello's discussion on whether "riding to hounds" prepared men for the Great War, his analysis of the semi-autobiographical trilogy by the great author and poet Sassoon, and take a peek at related books from the F. Ambrose Clark Rare Book Room.

Free for members | $10 for non-members, light refreshments provided. Save a seat with [email protected].

Happy Valentine's Day from the NSLM! ❤️ ⁣⁣⁣We hope your day is as full of love as this 1879 painting, "The Huntsman's We...
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day from the NSLM! ❤️ ⁣⁣

We hope your day is as full of love as this 1879 painting, "The Huntsman's Wedding."⁣
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If you are looking for a hot spot to bring your valentine, be sure to stop by and view this spectacular work at the museum in our Introduction Gallery. ⁣⁣
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[🎨: Heywood Hardy (British, 1842 - 1933), "The Huntsman's Wedding," 1879. Oil on canvas, 27.25 x 42 inches. Gift of Nicole H. Perry, in memory of William Haggin Perry, 2019.] ⁣⁣

Coffee, pastries, and Rand!Stop by Saturday, February 15 @ 10:30AM for Coffee with the Curator. Save your spot at info@n...
02/12/2020

Coffee, pastries, and Rand!
Stop by Saturday, February 15 @ 10:30AM for Coffee with the Curator.

Save your spot at [email protected] or call 540-687-6542 x 4

$5 for non-members and free for members

Coffee is generously sponsored by our friends at Middleburg Common Grounds

Be a part of Angling in April and the "Angling in Special Collections" Library exhibit with our digital photo wall!Submi...
02/12/2020

Be a part of Angling in April and the "Angling in Special Collections" Library exhibit with our digital photo wall!

Submit a digital photo to [email protected] with your best catch.

No names or credits are associated with the digital photo wall.

Serendipity led us to Henry Augustus Ward, and he in turn revealed a life of true adventure. A question posed by one of ...
02/12/2020
Henry Augustus Ward: Adventurer and Collector

Serendipity led us to Henry Augustus Ward, and he in turn revealed a life of true adventure.

A question posed by one of our Facebook followers on National Horse Day sent us on a deep dive to discover the origin of the NSLM's Eohippus tooth and the man who spent his life building specimen collections for museums and universities.

Read more on our blog!

One of the great things about this job is how often interesting tidbits of information unexpectedly crop up during routine work with the collections. In library circles this phenomenon is known as…

What does "riding to hounds" have to do with World War I and Siegfried Sassoon? Find out February 20 with Professor Char...
02/05/2020

What does "riding to hounds" have to do with World War I and Siegfried Sassoon?

Find out February 20 with Professor Charles Caramello as he takes you through Sassoon's semi-autobiographical trilogy and addresses the question if "riding to hounds" prepared men for the Great War.

Save your seat at [email protected] or 540-687-6452 x 4

Meet at the Library @ 6PM. $10 for non-members and free for members. Light refreshments provided.

I love my job. Period. Full stop. End of sentence.George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Curator Claudia Pfeiffer and I travelled ...
02/04/2020
Sweetest in Show: Meet the Breeds

I love my job. Period. Full stop. End of sentence.

George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Curator Claudia Pfeiffer and I travelled to New York City for the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Meet the Breeds event at the Jacob Javits Center, January 25-26, 2020. Two days of dogs, puppies, slobbery kisses, pats on the head (the dogs, not us), exhibition promotion, museum collaboration, and a few sneezes. Turns out, I have a slight allergy.

https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2020/02/04/sweetest-in-show-meet-the-breeds/

I love my job. Period. Full stop. End of sentence. George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Curator Claudia Pfeiffer and I travelled to New York City for the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Meet the Breeds event …

Coffee, pastries, and Rand! Stop by Saturday, February 15 @ 10:30AM  for the personal story of portrait artist Ellen Emm...
02/01/2020

Coffee, pastries, and Rand!

Stop by Saturday, February 15 @ 10:30AM for the personal story of portrait artist Ellen Emmet Rand and the many surprises and challenges our Curator encountered during the three year journey in the making of the exhibition. You won't want to miss this!

Save your spot at [email protected] or call 540-687-6542 x 4

$5 for non-members and free for members

Coffee is generously sponsored by our friends at Middleburg Common Grounds.

[Image Credit: Ellen Emmet Rand (American,1875-1941), Miss Charlotte Noland, Joint M.F.H.,The Middleburg Hunt, 1929, oil on canvas,40 x 30 inches, Foxcroft School, Middleburg,Virginia]

Did "riding to hounds" prepare men for the uniquely modern warfare of the Great War? Through an illustrated talk of Sieg...
02/01/2020

Did "riding to hounds" prepare men for the uniquely modern warfare of the Great War?

Through an illustrated talk of Siegfried Sassoon's trilogy "Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man", "Memoirs of an Infantry Officer", and "Sherston's Progress", Prof. Charles Caramello addresses this question and more on February 20 @ 6PM.

Save your seat at [email protected] or 540-687-6542 x 4

Light refreshments provided. $10 for Non-members | Free for members

...when NSLM’s George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Curator Claudia Pfeiffer asked me to transcribe the portrait painter Ellen E...
01/28/2020
Transcribing Ellen's Diaries

...when NSLM’s George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Head Curator Claudia Pfeiffer asked me to transcribe the portrait painter Ellen Emmet Rand’s handwritten diaries in preparation for the "Leading The Field: Ellen Emmet Rand" exhibition now on view through March 22, 2020, it was my dream job come true. It was not only a vicarious thrill but an honor to be part of the behind-the-scenes preparation of an NSLM exhibition.
https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2020/01/28/transcribing-ellens-diaries/

   By Tracy A. Brown Frederick Macmonnies (American, 1863–1937), Red-Haired Student at Easel, 1898-99,oil on canvas, 32 x 21 ¼ inches, Private Collection Reading other people’s diar…

We're at Meet the Breeds with American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in NYC showing off highlights of the NSLM dog colla...
01/26/2020

We're at Meet the Breeds with American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in NYC showing off highlights of the NSLM dog collar collection donated by Dr. & Mrs. Timothy J. Greenan in 2015. Lots of sporting breeds! #nationalsporting #museumlfe #meetthebreeds #dogs

01/25/2020

Have you ever wondered how a museum stores the objects that are not on view? Wonder no more as we give you a behind the scenes look at NSLM Collections Manager Lauren Kraut as she packs our dog collar collection for safe keeping until they are put on view.

NSLM Dog Collar Collection, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Greenan, 2015.

Spend your morning at Coffee with the Curator, February 15 @ 10AM. Uncover the many surprises and challenges encountered...
01/24/2020

Spend your morning at Coffee with the Curator, February 15 @ 10AM. Uncover the many surprises and challenges encountered during the three year journey in the making of the "Leading the Field: Ellen Emmet Rand" exhibition.

Save your spot (and a delicious pastry 🥐) at [email protected] or 540-687-6542 x 4

$5 for nonmembers | Free for members

Coffee is generously provided by Middleburg Common Grounds

[Image credit: Ellen Emmet Rand in her studio, c. 1936, @Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum.]

We are sold out! If you missed signing up for our Portraiture Workshop, do not fret! We have more fun programs planned f...
01/23/2020

We are sold out!

If you missed signing up for our Portraiture Workshop, do not fret! We have more fun programs planned for 2020, like a fly-tying workshop 🎣!

Stay up to date by signing up for our e-newsletter or become a member to receive special discounts and benefits!

http://www.nationalsporting.org/nslm/membership

John H. Daniels Fellow, Michael Cronin, writes about discovering a travelogue by Harry Worcester Smith in the NSLM colle...
01/23/2020

John H. Daniels Fellow, Michael Cronin, writes about discovering a travelogue by Harry Worcester Smith in the NSLM collection. Smith describes his experiences in Ireland during 1912-1913 and unknowingly records a collection of hunts, social and sporting events, people, and buildings that would be largely erased from history by World War One and the specific train of events in Ireland between 1916 and 1923.

https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2020/01/21/a-very-different-ireland-harry-worcester-smiths-a-sporting-tour-1912-13/

01/18/2020

The NSLM will be closed Saturday, January 18, and reopen on Sunday, January 19 at 10:00am.

Spend a Sunday afternoon practicing a new skill at our free Sunday Sketch program on January 26.  Artist Leanne Fink Art...
01/15/2020

Spend a Sunday afternoon practicing a new skill at our free Sunday Sketch program on January 26.

Artist Leanne Fink Art talks about the importance of simplifying and how this practices applies to shape and value to keep your work of art looking crisp and spontaneous.

Meet at the Museum at 2pm! All supplies are provided and all ages, skill levels, and interests are welcome.

Learn more about one of the rarest Early American Sporting books to be published, "The Sportsman’s Portfolio of American...
01/14/2020
The Sportsman’s Portfolio of American Field Sports: Boston: M.M. Ballou, 1855.

Learn more about one of the rarest Early American Sporting books to be published, "The Sportsman’s Portfolio of American Field Sports", and its fascinating publisher, Maturin Murray Ballou. The amazing wood engravings are sure to draw you in!

https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2020/01/14/the-sportsmans-portfolio-of-american-field-sports-boston-m-m-ballou-1855/

The National Sporting Library & Museum is proud to be the home of The Sportsman’s Portfolio of American Field Sports, published in Boston by M.M. Ballou in 1855. This is the second post of four…

01/07/2020

It’s snowing at the NSLM ❄️ and our native Floridian employees are loving their first snow.

We hope you are all are staying toasty and warm!

The NSLM has gone to the dogs! 🐾Our library holds a beautiful selection of rare books which feature elaborate art and de...
01/07/2020
Hounds in the Stacks!

The NSLM has gone to the dogs! 🐾
Our library holds a beautiful selection of rare books which feature elaborate art and decor. Mars Technical Services Librarian Erica Libhart takes a dive into the stacks to present you with these gilded beauties in our latest blog post >>

Books serve to preserve and transmit information both geographically and temporally but almost from the very beginning they have often also been objects d’art.  From the earliest illuminated m…

We had a great 2019 thanks to our supporters and friends! Next year brings exciting exhibitions, programs, and events th...
12/31/2019

We had a great 2019 thanks to our supporters and friends! Next year brings exciting exhibitions, programs, and events that we know you'll love.

We are closed Wednesday, January 1, but are looking forward to seeing you next year! 🎉

We've had a banner year at NSLM and could not have done it without you.Thank you all for your support - we loved having ...
12/31/2019

We've had a banner year at NSLM and could not have done it without you.

Thank you all for your support - we loved having you be part of NSLM!

Here's to a fantastic 2020! We are looking forward to seeing you at our exhibitions, events, and programs next year. If you haven't made your end of year gift, there is still time!

Please consider making one here today: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/NationalSportingLibrary/donatetoday.html

Happy Holidays from your very merry friends at NSLM!  We wish you every happiness this holiday season and throughout the...
12/22/2019

Happy Holidays from your very merry friends at NSLM! We wish you every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

We will be closed Monday, December 23 - Wednesday, December 25.

The canon of fiction, prose, verse, and song generated by the lovers of country sports and the lifestyle in which they a...
12/17/2019
Horses, Hounds, and Wishes: the poems of William Ogilvie

The canon of fiction, prose, verse, and song generated by the lovers of country sports and the lifestyle in which they are set fill many shelves at the NSLM. The poems and songs of William H. Ogilvie are among them.

Check our out latest blog "Horses, Hounds, and Wishes: the poems of William Ogilvie"

https://nslmblog.wordpress.com/2019/12/17/horses-hounds-and-wishes-the-poems-of-william-ogilvie/

Many sportsmen have been inspired by country life to put brush to canvas.  So too have many whose talents have a more literary cast.  The canon of fiction, prose, verse, and song generate…

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Thank you for a wonderful afternoon.
We enjoyed a trip to the Museum earlier this week during a visit to my daughter and son-in-law in The Plains. On the way out we were advised that Dr. Seuss' estate had recently published "The Horse Museum," a book for children featuring horse artworks much like those in the NSLM. My daughter and I found the book in the Library and enjoyed reading it side by side. Thanks for providing such pleasant facilities for families to enjoy together!
Love the morning sun glow on this- the bird on the pommel was a bonus :)
Don’t miss our visiting Falcon’s event!
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Fabulous time at the The Munnings Art Museum with Pebble Hill Plantation tonight!
best concert of the season...inside and it rocked thank you for a GREAT evening!