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This week we welcomed Glencairn’s Museum Education Interns for 2014-2015. These talented young people from Bryn Athyn College provide invaluable assistance to the Education Department with visiting school groups, and help with special events. (Bryn Athyn College can be seen in the background of this photo, taken at the very top of Glencairn’s tower.)

This week we welcomed Glencairn’s Museum Education Interns for 2014-2015. These talented young people from Bryn Athyn College provide invaluable assistance to the Education Department with visiting school groups, and help with special events. (Bryn Athyn College can be seen in the background of this photo, taken at the very top of Glencairn’s tower.)

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Glencairn’s cloister late this afternoon.

Glencairn’s cloister late this afternoon.

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Glencairn this afternoon

Glencairn this afternoon

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Vincent Odhner ties a bow around the neck of a trial version of the lamb sculpture on the roof of the upstairs living room in the 1930s. Sheep and lambs, symbolizing family, are a recurring theme in the original art created for Glencairn. Today visitors who take Glencairn’s popular Highlights Tour enjoy looking down at the finished metal sculpture from the tower. (Photo in Glencairn Museum Archives) http://ow.ly/ywDmI

Vincent Odhner ties a bow around the neck of a trial version of the lamb sculpture on the roof of the upstairs living room in the 1930s. Sheep and lambs, symbolizing family, are a recurring theme in the original art created for Glencairn. Today visitors who take Glencairn’s popular Highlights Tour enjoy looking down at the finished metal sculpture from the tower. (Photo in Glencairn Museum Archives) http://ow.ly/ywDmI

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Glencairn’s tower as seen from the top of the main tower of Bryn Athyn Cathedral.

Glencairn’s tower as seen from the top of the main tower of Bryn Athyn Cathedral.

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Today we discovered this photo on a glass plate negative in the Glencairn Museum Archives, just in time for #ThrowbackThursday. This chair, which can be seen today on Glencairn’s first floor, was photographed in the Bryn Athyn woodworking shop in the 1920s or 30s. It was made in the style of an original example from 10th-century Norway. The Bryn Athyn Studios made a set of similar chairs for Bryn Athyn Cathedral. 

Today we discovered this photo on a glass plate negative in the Glencairn Museum Archives, just in time for #ThrowbackThursday. This chair, which can be seen today on Glencairn’s first floor, was photographed in the Bryn Athyn woodworking shop in the 1920s or 30s. It was made in the style of an original example from 10th-century Norway. The Bryn Athyn Studios made a set of similar chairs for Bryn Athyn Cathedral. 

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Grandchildren of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn pose by the south wall of Glencairn in 1964. The wallflowers include delphinium and sweet alyssum. (Photo in the Glencairn Museum Archives) 

Grandchildren of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn pose by the south wall of Glencairn in 1964. The wallflowers include delphinium and sweet alyssum. (Photo in the Glencairn Museum Archives) 

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"There were two Italians, Pietro Menghi and Attilio Marchiori, and an Englishman, Benjamin Tweedale. The camaraderie of these artists and the affection in which they were held by the Pitcairn family is itself symbolized by the nicknames given the two eagles that stand at the north corners outside the great hall—’Benny’ and ‘Pete’—after their carvers."

—E. Bruce Glenn (Glencairn: The Story of a Home, 59)

"There were two Italians, Pietro Menghi and Attilio Marchiori, and an Englishman, Benjamin Tweedale. The camaraderie of these artists and the affection in which they were held by the Pitcairn family is itself symbolized by the nicknames given the two eagles that stand at the north corners outside the great hall—’Benny’ and ‘Pete’—after their carvers."

—E. Bruce Glenn (Glencairn: The Story of a Home, 59)

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It’s a beautiful day to explore Glencairn’s gardens!

It’s a beautiful day to explore Glencairn’s gardens!

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Have you ever experienced a Highlights Tour of Glencairn Museum? The 90-minute Guided Highlights Tour includes a 15-minute award-winning orientation video, and a ride in the original elevator to the Tower, with its commanding view of the local area and the Philadelphia skyline (be sure to bring your camera). The tour features a visit to Glencairn’s stunning Great Hall and Upper Hall, as well as a visit to the Master Bedroom (pictured here), Master Bath, and the family’s Chapel. An introduction to the Museum’s collection of religious art takes place in a variety of galleries. http://ow.ly/ywDmI

Have you ever experienced a Highlights Tour of Glencairn Museum? The 90-minute Guided Highlights Tour includes a 15-minute award-winning orientation video, and a ride in the original elevator to the Tower, with its commanding view of the local area and the Philadelphia skyline (be sure to bring your camera). The tour features a visit to Glencairn’s stunning Great Hall and Upper Hall, as well as a visit to the Master Bedroom (pictured here), Master Bath, and the family’s Chapel. An introduction to the Museum’s collection of religious art takes place in a variety of galleries. http://ow.ly/ywDmI

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View the south side of Glencairn’s tower. The roses are in bloom!

View the south side of Glencairn’s tower. The roses are in bloom!

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Be sure to check out the roses on Glencairn’s south garden wall. They will be happy for the rain that’s headed our way today!

Be sure to check out the roses on Glencairn’s south garden wall. They will be happy for the rain that’s headed our way today!

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The porch adjoining Glencairn’s cloister, early in August.

The porch adjoining Glencairn’s cloister, early in August.

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Glencairn as seen from the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, taken just before sunset this evening.

Glencairn as seen from the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, taken just before sunset this evening.

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A ram and ewe are carved in granite just outside one of the windows of Glencairn’s Master Bedroom. Sheep and lambs are a common decorative theme in Glencairn, representing the importance of family.

A ram and ewe are carved in granite just outside one of the windows of Glencairn’s Master Bedroom. Sheep and lambs are a common decorative theme in Glencairn, representing the importance of family.

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