Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with Richard Dietrich in conversation with Dr. Susan P. Schoelwer, Mount Vernon's Executive Director for Historic Preservation and Collections, and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator. 

They will discuss the Dietrich American Foundation's new book, In Pursuit of History: A Lifetime Collecting Colonial American Art and Artifacts.

Add to Calendar 09/15/2020 19:00:00 09/15/2020 20:00:00 America/New_York Ford Evening Book Talk: Richard Dietrich

Join Mount Vernon for a digital Ford Evening Book Talk with Richard Dietrich in conversation with Dr. Susan P. Schoelwer, Mount Vernon's Executive Director for Historic Preservation and Collections, and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator. 

They will discuss the Dietrich American Foundation's new book, In Pursuit of History: A Lifetime Collecting Colonial American Art and Artifacts.

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Watch Live September 15 at 7 pm ET

About the Book

This comprehensive and beautifully illustrated catalog tells the story of the late H. Richard Dietrich, Jr., a passionate collector of important pre-1820 Americana whose private foundation has long shared its objects through an extensive loan program to institutions around the county. 

In Pursuit of History: A Lifetime Collecting Colonial American Art and Artifacts describes the richness of the foundation’s holdings, looking at each of its main categories, including books and manuscripts, Chinese export wares, furniture, paintings, silver, fraktur, and other decorative arts, as well as whale trade related objects.

The collection has many items associated with George Washington, including a delicate watercolor miniature painted by James Peale and enshrined in a small gold case with a lock of the General’s hair in the back, as well as books and manuscripts, and a wide variety of portraits, including one on a whale’s tooth.

The book was published by the Dietrich American Foundation in association with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and distributed by Yale University Press. Its publication coincides with an exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art entitled A Collector's Vision: Highlights from the Dietrich American Foundation. The exhibit will run until November 15, 2020.  

About the Speaker

Richard Dietrich is President of the Dietrich American Foundation. He has spent his career working in non-profit management, having first started out in Washington, D.C. in government.

He received his BA at Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale University. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Chevy Chase, MD.

Sponsored By The Ford Motor Company Fund

Sponsored By The Ford Motor Company Fund

Mount Vernon has enjoyed a very special relationship with the Ford Motor Company dating back more than 90 years. We are grateful for their generous support and we applaud their abiding respect for American heritage.

Contact

Stephen A. McLeod

Director, Library Programs

703.799.8686

smcleod@mountvernon.org

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