New Item in the Gift Shop!

American Phoenix by Sarah S. KilborneAmerican Phoenix
by Sarah Skinner Kilborne
Great-great granddaughter of William Skinner 

Wistariahurst Museum Gift Shop features the work of Sarah Skinner Kilborne – a newly released book from Free Press/Simon & Schuster that tells the story behind her great-great grandfather, one of Holyoke’s most influential industrialists. At age forty-nine, William Skinner lost everything in the worst industrial disaster Americans had ever known: the Mill River Flood of 1874. This crisis inspired him to move his family and business to Holyoke, where he rebuilt his life and became one of the leading silk manufacturers in the world.

Signed copies are available for purchase in the Gift Shop!

 Are you one of the many that drive by Wistariahurst Museum daily, and never stop in? Now is the time! The Friends of Wistariahurst invite you to visit their Gift Shop, located in the Carriage House at Wistariahurst.

The Museum Gift Shop is open during the museums regular hours of operation:Friends of Wistariahurst Museum Gift Shop

Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons from 12-4pm.

Wistariahurst Museum Gift Shop reopened in January of 2010 after a complete renovation of the Carriage House. The Gift Shop currently boasts a wide variety of items including an array of jewelry, Victorian novelties such as wind up music boxes, and a diverse selection of books and DVD’s which explores Holyoke’s rich history. Topics include the lives of the Skinner family, historical non-fiction, and books on fashion and life in the Victorian Era.

From tote bags to note cards, travel mugs to bookmarks, any visitor can find a keepsake to treasure at the Wistariahurst Gift Shop.

Here is a little more information about a sampling of the items we carry in the Gift Shop that are pictured above:

Historic Deck of Cards
Anyone who has connections to Holyoke will enjoy perusing the deck and appreciating the rich history of the city. Each card face features an image (50 years or older) representative of Holyoke’s history, including people, community organizations, buildings & landmarks & historic facts. Local businesses, families and community organizations sponsored the cards and offered suggested topics and images for use. Some examples include: the original YMCA building, City Hall, the Canoe Club, and Victory Theater.

Cabot Street Lions
The marble lions that grace the Cabot Street entrance to Wistariahurst Museum were modeled after the lion statues protecting the tomb of Pope Clement XIII in Rome. This set of two resin replicas are about 3 lbs.

Ornaments Inspired by Wistariahurst
Created in partnership with Lovell Designs of Maine, these 2½“ ornaments come in a gift box, ready to hang. A variety of images are available including: the famed Tiffany peacock window, the sleepy Cabot Street marble lion, and a classic view of Wistariahurst itself.

There is so much more to discover at Wistariahurst, in the Gift Shop and out!