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Dec 052013
 
Frances Vadney at the Academy Museum

Frances Vadney at the Academy Museum

The Orange Historical Society is ready to present its holiday collection of antiques and collectibles for the Christmas season at the Academy Antique Museum, 615 Orange Center Road.

The shop is open each Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Come visit the museum and shop for those hard-to-buy-for friends and family.  You are sure to find something for everyone.

For information and directions to the shop call 203 795-3106.

Nov 182013
 
Some of the vintage AVON decanters at the Academy Museum.

Some of the vintage AVON decanters at the Academy Museum.

Do you need a special hostess gift for the holidays?  The Orange Historical Society Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road, has many unusual, one-of-a-kind antiques and collectibles for the gift giving season.

Whether shopping for the family or friends, you’ll find something you will be proud to give.

Visit the shop every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and mark your calendar for Sunday, Dec. 8, from 3 – 6 p.m. for the tree lighting, Santa and tours of the buildings on The Green.

For information call 203 795-3106

Jul 152013
 
Frances Vadney greets customers at the Academy Museum Gift Shop.

Frances Vadney greets customers at the Academy Museum Gift Shop.

Join the Orange Historical Society for a tag and antique sale on Saturday, July 20th.

The Academy Museum Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road, is open every Saturday from 10-3 with special tag sale items outdoors, weather permitting.

Come visit the museum and shop for those special summertime gifts.

For information call 203 795-3106

Jun 032013
 
Some of Emily Prudden's watercolors now on display at the Academy Building in Orange.

Some of Emily Prudden’s watercolors now on display at the Academy Building in Orange.

Orange Historical Society President Ginny Reinhard is passionate about Orange history and always looking for ways to share different aspects about the town’s past with residents, and especially children.

So when she opened a box of items donated by Orange resident Susan Chernock from her mother’s estate, Reinhard was thrilled to find a signed print of forget-me-nots by one of the town’s most colorful residents — Emily Prudden.

Reinhard scanned the print and sent it to Pfeiffer University, a school that Prudden had founded. Reinhard said the university confirmed that the print was part of Prudden’s sketchbook.

Emily Prudden

Emily Prudden, 1832-1917, did not have an easy life. As a teenager, she lost her hearing before her 18th birthday, and after her sister’s untimely death,  Emily raised her children in town.

When she was 50, Prudden moved down south to North Carolina, living on the trust fund her father, a minister, had set up for her.

Prudden opened several schools, many of them exclusively for black girls. Reinhard said, “She would run the schools for a few years and then deeded them to the American Missionary Association.”

Prudden enjoyed watercolor painting, and her lifelike flowers including roses, iris, dianthus, tulips, pansies and more now adorn the walls of the Academy Museum across from the town green.

Once she was aware of the local connection between the watercolors and the town, Chernock donated 19 additional Emily Prudden prints to the Orange Historical Society.

On Sunday, June 2, Reinhard proudly shared the artist’s story and showed off the framed collection with visitors. 96 years after her death, Emily Prudden’s work is in the public eye where it can be appreciated. Reprints of her botanical prints are available for sale at the Academy Building.

The Academy is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

Mar 162013
 

IMG_8843It may be cold outside but the Academy Museum Antique Shop is just the place to warm up and shop for unique antiques and collectibles today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Academy, built in 1878, serves as a museum as well and the staff welcomes visitors to tour the exhibits and shop in the comfort of an old meeting house.

Stop by for a cup of hot mulled cider.

The museum is located at 605 Orange Center Road and for information call 203 795-3106

Jan 192013
 

Some of the vintage AVON decanters at the Academy Museum.

The Orange Historical Society announced its Winter Sale at the Academy Museum Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road.

Selected items will be marked for a 10% sale of quality antiques and collectibles available at this unique shop.

Come take a tour of the 1878 museum while you browse for that perfect gift.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, visit the display of gifts for your Valentine and if it’s a winter project you want, the shop offers a selection of 19th century chairs for re-canning and others just need a new home.

The Academy Museum Antique Shop is open on Saturdays from 10-3.  For information call 203 795-3106.

Dec 222012
 

Why fight the traffic at the malls?

The Orange Historical Society will be open the 1878 Academy Museum, 605 Orange Center Road again today, Dec. 22, until 3 p.m. for the last minute shoppers of quality antiques for holiday gift-giving and welcome visitors to shop and visit the museum.

Vintage linens, jewelry, china, glass, dolls and doll accessories, books, collectibles and a fine collection of whimsical teapots all are available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information call 203 795-3106

Dec 152012
 

Frances Vadney at the Academy Museum

You won’t believe the many Christmas gifts and decorations for sale at The Academy Museum Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road, has tables and tables of new and old items for those special and hard to shop for family members, vintage toys for the grownup “kids,” and toys and dolls for young kids

Also, fine china, vintage linens, pottery, and glassware for the hostess in the family and let’s not forget the antique collector for those unique kitchen items that the Orange Historical Society has collected over the years.

If you haven’t visited the Antique shop in a while be sure to stop by before Christmas.

The Academy is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and think, centrally located and no mall traffic.

For information call Ginny at 203-795-3106

Originally Published on: Dec 9, 2012

Nov 272012
 

While you are at the Academy, be sure to stop in to see the model railroad set up

The Academy Museum Antique Shop is anticipating a busy Tree Lighting Sunday on Dec. 2 so be sure and check out the wonderful selection of antiques and collectibles it has to offer.

Inventory increases daily with vintage linens, china, glass, silver plate, toys, collectible dolls and doll accessories to say nothing of the selection of Christmas ornaments and hostess gifts.

Come celebrate the Orange Tree Lighting this weekend and get started on those “hard to buy for” gifts.

In addition to Dec. 2nd, the shop, located at 605 Orange Center Road, is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For information call 203 795-3106.

Oct 262012
 

Some of the vintage AVON decanters at the Academy Museum.

The Orange Historical Society will host its “End of the Season” sale at The Academy Museum, 605 Orange Center Road.

Weather permitting, items will be available on the front lawn of the 1878 Academy today and as with every Saturday, the antique shop will be open from 10-3.

Check out newly acquired collection of ca 1900s post cards in the antique shop.

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