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Charity Navigator Four-Star Rated Museums

The Farnsworth Art Museum is proud of its four-star rating by Charity Navigator — the highest possible rating. Charity Navigator is an independent, non-profit organization that evaluates American charities. Its stated goal is "to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America's largest charities." They rate charities by evaluating two broad areas of performance; Financial Health and Accountability & Transparency. Charity Navigator's ratings show givers how efficiently a charity will use their support today, how well it has sustained its programs and services over time and their level of commitment to being accountable and transparent.

Earthquake Reported by Jonathan Fisher in 1817

From Jonathan Fisher's diary, as transcribed May 22, 1817:
"This morning just at day break we were awakened by an earthquake; first a light shock of about 10 seconds, then in immediate succession to that a heavier shock of about 20 seconds, the second shock I think rather harder than felt in this place June 7, 1808. For several seconds the joints of the house cracked aloud, but I believe nothing about the house was thrown down. As much as I could judge the sound after the shaking progressed eastward. Blessed be God that our habitation was spared and that our lives are spared; in the mean time may we adore and tremble before him who can shake both Heaven and Earth when he will. The weather fair and mild. Almost a dead calm"

Notes on a Visit to the Homestead Attic

Label on trunk found in Farnsworth Homestead attic

Concealment and Revelation: Masonic Symbolism and the Maine Painted Tall-Case Clock

By Gordon Wilkins
Curatorial Intern

Mixed Media Portraiture Class at the Farnsworth

From May 14 through June 18, Martha Miller led a class entitled Mixed Media Portraiture at the Farnsworth's Gamble Center for Education.
"In making a portrait, I attempt to reveal something of the psychological and emotional depth of the individual, but also something more archetypal, what it means to be human—to have a past, passions, and a spirit." –Martha Miller