BRATTLEBORO -- Richard Michelman, a fine arts appraiser and former library trustee, will present a lecture on the Brooks Memorial Library’s Loud Collection on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m., in the Meeting Room (snowdate is Saturday, Jan. 12, at noon). Light refreshments will be served, and some of the Loud Collection artwork will be on display.
Charles and Henrietta Loud were a prominent couple in the early 20th century who lived in Winchendon, Mass., and summered in Brattleboro, Mrs. Loud’s hometown. In March 1911, Mrs. Loud made a gift to Brooks Library of her late husband’s collection of "books, oil paintings and bric-a-brac," along with $2,500 to be used for a building expansion to house the collection. At a special Town Meeting later that year, Brattleboro citizens voted an additional $2,500 for the library expansion to house the Louds’ artwork, and a bust by the artist Larkin Mead donated to the library by his wife. The building expansion was dedicated on July 15, 1912. The old Brooks Library was constructed in 1886 but was razed in 1967. The present library was constructed in 1967.
When Mrs. Loud died in February 1923, she bequeathed to the library a permanent fund of $2,500 to care for her husband’s art collection. The interest from that fund is used to maintain the paintings, sculptures and decorative arts in the collection.
Michelman is a retired high school teacher. He is a fine arts appraiser and served on the Brooks Library board of trustees from 1973 to 1982. He is the co-author of "Before Our Time: A Pictorial Memoir of Brattleboro, Vermont, from 1830 to 1930"
For more information, call 802-254-5290, ext. 101, or visit www.brooks.lib.vt.us.