Norman Rockwell Museum hosting Founders' Day Sunday

Event honors 50th anniversary of The Old Corner House opening

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STOCKBRIDGE — Norman Rockwell Museum is hosting Founders Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The event welcomes Berkshire County residents for free in celebration of the Golden Anniversary of the opening of The Old Corner House, at the corner of Main and Elm streets, a 200-year-old building rescued in 1967 by Rosamond Sherwood and two other Stockbridge women to become the original Norman Rockwell Museum, two miles from its current location in the Glendale section of town.

Founders Day will feature special gallery talks recounting the early days of the museum. Rockwell's "Shuffleton's Barbershop" will be on view, by special loan from the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. A special talk at 1 p.m. by curator of education, Tom Daly, will explore Rockwell's Stockbridge years.

Art activities throughout the day will include "Curate Your Own Rockwell Exhibit" and "Create a Museum Sign." A historic property site walk and guided tour will take place at 3 p.m., weather permitting.

Admission for Berkshire County residents is free with ID, courtesy of the Family and Friends of Rosamond Sherwood. nrm.org/event/founders-day-honoring-rosamond-sherwood/

"Rosamond Sherwood, with Norma Ogden and Patricia Deely, led an effort to save this historic building and helped rescue the Old Corner House from demolition in 1967," Laurie Norton Moffatt, director/CEO of Norman Rockwell Museum, said in a news release. "When the board was looking for programs and exhibitions for the house museum, which would include displays from the Stockbridge Historical Society, Rockwell generously offered, `Would you like to hang some of my pictures?'"

The doors to the Old Corner House opened for business in May 1969 and a few years later the building originally intended as a home for the Stockbridge Historical Society would become known as the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Rosamond "Ros" Sherwood (1899-1990), grew up in family of visual and theatrical artists in the Stockbridge house on Yale Hill Road known as Strawberry Hill. Sherwood spent summers in the Berkshires with her mother, Rosina "Posie" Emmet Sherwood and her aunt Lydia Emmet Field, both notable portrait painters, and four siblings. Brother Robert E. Sherwood was a four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Ros became a year-round resident early in her life and an integral part of the Stockbridge community. A ragtime piano player, artist, gardener, and accomplished golfer, she supported the arts in the area and was an early trustee on the museum's board from 1973 to 1982.

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