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So Cold it Burns...
Holly leaves in snow

So Cold it Burns...

Nature & Outdoor
You may ask “How does winter burn work?” Evergreens continue to loose water vapor through their leaves, even during the winter. The tree or shrub has to replace the moisture…
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Keeping the Art Comfortable: Climate Control at Crystal Bridges
Snow scene of a tree lined pathway leading to building

Keeping the Art Comfortable: Climate Control at Crystal Bridges

Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor
This is the brains of the HVAC system. All of the data that is collected by sensors is sent here, compiled by a processor within the unit, and is then…
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Ease Disease, there’s a Fungus among us!!
The inside of a hollowed out tree trunk

Ease Disease, there’s a Fungus among us!!

Nature & Outdoor
One way that nature decomposes an old fallen tree or dead wood is through decay caused by fungus. Fungus not only breaks down logs lying in the woods back into…
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Observing the Hidden Gems of Winter
Barred Owl

Observing the Hidden Gems of Winter

Nature & Outdoor

Winter is a time for observations in nature. The architecture of an Ozark hardwood forest, the silence of the woods after freshly fallen snow, and the intricacies of persimmon bark…

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Garden Warfare: The Praying Mantid Approach
Chinese Mantid insect

Garden Warfare: The Praying Mantid Approach

Nature & Outdoor
As we begin the lengthy process of cutting back our perennials and grasses, I am always on the lookout for some free biological control.  Praying mantid egg-casings, known as oothecae,…
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Crystal Bridges Acquires Frank Lloyd Wright House
Frank Lloyd Wright Bachman-Wilson House exterior

Crystal Bridges Acquires Frank Lloyd Wright House

Architecture Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has acquired a rare Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house, known as the Bachman-Wilson House, located in the Borough of Millstone in Somerset County, N.J.…

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What’s in a Name? A Look at our Native Orchid Species
Rattlesnake Plantain plant

What’s in a Name? A Look at our Native Orchid Species

Nature & Outdoor
Our living collection at Crystal Bridges is a diverse one.  It includes 91 species and cultivars of native trees, 54 species and cultivars of native shrubs, and 187 species and…
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The Lady Gets a Makeover
William Wetmore Story,

The Lady Gets a Makeover

Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor
To me, one of the most fascinating careers in the art world is conservation: a profession devoted to the preservation of our tangible cultural heritage. Conservators have the very important…
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Restoring an Original
Conservator working on frame for artwork

Restoring an Original

Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor
Thomas Eakins’s Professor Benjamin Howard Rand is a centerpiece of Crystal Bridges' Late Nineteenth Century Art Gallery.  Its large, beautiful, and ornate frame is often noticed and remarked upon by…
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A Conversation with Celeste Roberge
Celeste Roberge, Chaise Gabion

A Conversation with Celeste Roberge

Art & Collection Nature & Outdoor
Celeste Roberge's steel and stone sculpture Chaise Gabion is sited on the Museum's East Terrace, up the steps from Walker Landing. From her early stone-filled gabion figures, to a body…
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American Holly
The American holly plant

American Holly

Nature & Outdoor
As fall progresses and leaves fall from the trees, the forest reveals a glimmer of life—in the form of evergreen and red—that we can enjoy to get us through the…
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