BRATTLEBORO -- Since opening for its third season in May 2012, the Tasha Tudor Museum in Brattleboro has welcomed over 700 visitors from across the country and around the world to its collection of Tasha Tudor books, artifacts, documentary videos and exhibitions.
"It’s amazing," says museum director Amy Tudor. "We’re only open 20 hours a week and so many people, including children and families, are finding us. We’re thrilled to receive the attention, and we’re so pleased that the museum is bringing even more visitors to local restaurants and hotels."
Located temporarily in the Jeremiah Beal House on Western Avenue, the museum gives visitors a glimpse into the world Tasha Tudor created in her many books, such as "The Secret Garden" and "Corgiville Fair," and in her own life. Drawn to the idylls of America’s rural past, she cooked on a wood stove, wove her own clothes, enjoyed proper cups of tea, made and wore period dresses, and savored the solitude and stillness of her southern Vermont home.
"We are still a small museum as we search for our permanent location, but visitors often spend two hours or more taking everything in," says Amy Tudor. "Many also come with personal stories of how Tasha’s life and work have inspired and affected them."
The museum’s current exhibition, "For the Love of Frocks," features dresses from Tasha Tudor’s prized historic costume collection, including dresses that Tasha wore, made, and illustrated, as well as dresses exquisitely representative of the Romantic Era, her favorite period in history. The exhibition will run until Oct. 20.
"People come to the Museum because they want to feel close to Tasha, to see something she created, used or wore," says Curator Leigh Madalinski. "An individual’s clothing is so personal and Tasha’s dresses are no exception. She was particular about what she collected, made or wore so her dresses are tangible expressions of Tasha’s inner life as well as her unique world."
The museum also announces the successful launch of the pilot regional chapter of the Tasha Tudor Museum Society. On Aug. 28, 25 members in Pennsylvania celebrated Tasha’s 97th birthday with a tea party and refreshments from "Tasha Tudor’s Cookbook."
"We have discovered that there is tremendous love for Tasha’s life, work and lifestyle," Tudor explains. "The goal is to facilitate the formation of regional chapters around the globe, and then to offer a national gathering where members can meet."