Better Angels at the Wood Museum of Springfield History

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The exhibit has been open for barely three weeks now. It looks wonderful on its custom-built wall. A week ago I gave a 45-minute talk, which was a first. I spent days putting it together. Keeping it to 45 minutes was the hard part. I had the chance to meet Springfield’s Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant. He and a team from Springfield had gone down to Ground Zero a few days after to see how they could help.

Springfield MA Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant

Springfield MA Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant

This week I spoke with the docents. They made me think of many things I had never considered – such as how to speak with children about the paintings. What to say at what age? How to engage them? Docents 4

 

Yesterday also gave me my first and only opportunity to have the paintings photographed without their protective acrylic covers – so no reflections.

John Polak photographing Better Angels

John Polak photographing Better Angels

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