Preserving the Craighead Kitchen Artwork

A photo of your humble blogger explaining the “Hooping Cough” piece on the north wall of the Craighead House kitchen adorns the front page of today’s Carlisle Sentinel—above the fold, just below an article explaining how the county poor house evolved into a “modern care facility.”

The reporter conducted the telephone interview for the last article of his career at The Sentinel (he’s already moved on for an editor’s position at another paper) Thursday morning . The photographer came out later that day to shoot video and still shots of the art. This article discusses the fact that Craighead House Committee is cataloging the over 250 drawings, paintings, sketches, and doodles that cover the four walls of the kitchen. To date, I have identified each of them—a few probably mistakenly because I couldn’t figure what they’re supposed to be—and am now trying to determine who made each one, when, and with what. Several have stories behind them that I’m also trying to recover.

If you have information, especially if you were one of the artists or observed someone adding a piece, please contact me. Two donors have given enough money to preserve the west wall, the one in the most perilous condition, but more is needed to do the rest. To help, send a check to:

Craighead House Committee
PO Box 335
Boiling Springs, PA 17007

-OR-

Donate on-line at: http://www.CraigheadHouse.org.

Link to article: http://cumberlink.com/news/local/communities/boiling_springs/committee-looks-to-preserve-paintings-on-walls-of-craighead-house/article_0679f764-047e-5f7d-9269-dfd471cdb143.html

Link to video: http://cumberlink.com/news/local/multimedia/videos/video-craighead-house-art/youtube_5371f85a-a0ab-5c7c-8489-f027e8462686.html

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