Exhibit Opening Reception: The Shoes that Built the Castle – POSTPONED TO 2021

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Above: Thomas G. Plant Company factory building in Jamaica Plain. Museum collection.

UPDATE: For the health and safety of our guests and staff, due to COVID-19, the gallery reception has been postponed to next year. Please check back for updates as our planning efforts evolve during this time.

Exhibit Opening Reception: The Shoes that Built the Castle

Join us as we celebrate the opening of our 2020 gallery exhibit: The Shoes that Built the Castle! This exhibit examines Thomas Plant’s manufacturing career, from his meteoric rise and the innovative production strategies that made his fortune to the shoe machinery war that eventually ended his career.

Wear your funkiest, craziest and most fun shoes to this gallery reception where you can enjoy wine and light refreshments while immersing yourself in the fascinating story of the industry work of Thomas Plant. Robin Sherman, Curator and Museum Manager, will present a gallery talk and provide insight into this wonderful new exhibit. We’ll also have a talk with Daub’s Cobbler Shop of Laconia – looking at the quality of shoes then versus now and the value in taking care of your shoes.

This event will also be collecting shoes as part of a shoe drive. Please bring any gently used shoes you wish to donate!

Admission is $10 for non-members and FREE for members, available at the door the evening of the event.


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