Newsletter

The NSLM Newsletter, published quarterly, features articles on current and historic issues, book reviews, and information on library collections, activities and services.

Newsletters from 2006 to the present are now available to read online. Earlier newsletters from 1975-2006 are located in the John and Martha Daniels Reading Room. To contact the editor of the NSLM newsletter, call Susan Brewster, Marketing Manager at 540-687-6542, ext. 13, or sbrewster@nationalsporting.org.


Fall 2017 NSLM Newsletter

NSLM visited by 500 students and counting, Academic tour initiative brings all ages to the NSLM; Elizabeth Dunn Clark bequests artwork; A sneak peek at 2018 exhibitions; NSLM begins rare books maintenance; An evening with George Morris; Learning about "The Horse and the Camera;" 7th Annual Polo Classic - Having fun raising funds and mallets; Kam Imhoff speaks about the environmental and equestrian tradition at Montpelier; "Cover you parts," explains Rita Mae Brown; Carol Mattusch talks about Greek horsemaship; Peter Schertz talks about Symposia in Ancient Greece; NSLM plans for 2018 International Carriage Symposium; Benjamin Hardaway is commemorated; "Worried Man" wins NSLM Cup at Fall Races; NSLM is open for "Christmas in MIddleburg."

Summer 2017 NSLM Newsletter

The Horse in Ancient Greek Art exhibition opens September 9 and related programming is planned during the fall to include free academic tours, lectures, and coffee talks. The exhibition showcases Greek art  from the 8th through 4th centuries BCE and was organized by the NSLM and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; The Horse and the Camera exhibition is on view and features more than 150 vintage and antique photographs from the collection of Judith and Jo Tartt, Jr.; The NSLM is on cue for the 7th Annual Polo Classic benefit taking place at Great Meadow on September 10; Projects in the Main Reading Room of the NSLM Library have been completed; The NSLM held its Annual Book Auction as well as a Big Book Sale; Anne Jarvis will speak at Vine Hill Dinner; Artists in Middleburg & the NSLM partner for Equine Sculpture Workshop; NSLM Fellow Klazina Botke discusses Jan Van Der Straet's Equile, Seu Speculum Equorum Series.

Spring 2017 NSLM Newsletter

Open Late Summer Concert Series Returns; Andre Pater visits NSLM for opening events; Library completes storage and expansion projects; Stack Adoption program introduced; Over 100 get Hooked; NSLM Staff reaches out to Local Groups; Ambassadors and Volunteers are thanked; Heroes & Underdogs Spring Lecture Series begins; Art Comes Alive at NSLM this summer; Beat the Heat with cool programs at the NSLM; Robin Parsky joins Board of Directors; Sporting Legend Randy Rouse commemorated.

Winter 2017 NSLM Newsletter

Andre Pater: In a Sporting Light exhibition; Recent Acquisitions - print of an 1877 polo match at Hurlingham, Fanning Bequest, The Rokeby Bowl; Library Big Book Sale and Annual Auction; Library wish list; NSLM Ambassador Program; Upcoming events - Sunday Sketch, Hooked Fly Fishing event, and Heroes & Underdogs spring lecture series; Open Late summer concert series; Juliana E. May joins the Board; 2017 John H. Daniels fellows; Spotlight on fellow Bob Demott; Commemoration of Sunny Hale.

Fall 2016 NSLM Newsletter

"The Chronicle of the Horse" in Art exhibition; Clarice Smith's Gallop goes to Washington; DeLattre painting famous horse Monarch gifted to NSLM; Library produces wish list; A great day of polo at Great Meadow; George Morris talks about his book Unrelenting; Hunt clubs learn about NSLM Library archives; Two's Company wins NSLM Cup at Virginia Fall Races; John H. Daniels fellow Ulrike Weiss rides side saddle for research.

Summer 2016 NSLM Newsletter

NSLM prepares for 6th Annual Polo Classic; To the Finish: The Art & Process of Greg Montgomery exhibition; Felicia Warburg Rogan bequests paintings by George Wright; Annual Auction opens to NSLM members; Library launches book adoption and restoration program; George Morris event is sold out; NSLM participates in Art Explosion; Side Saddle Chase award ceremony at NSLM; Undercover Curator camp offered by NSLM; Carriage Day sees turnout despite the heat; Jen Strotz gives gallery talk; Natalie Epstein joins NSLM Board of Directors; NSLM hosts summer interns; Library volunteer Kathy Waldo, NSLM wins design excellence award; Summer hail storm creates damage at NSLM.

Spring 2016 NSLM Newsletter

Over 20 Historic Carriages Will Adorn the NSLM Campus on Carriage Day; A Tribute to George A. "Frolic" Weymouth; John H. Daniels Fellow Jennifer Strotz curates an exhibition on British sporting prints; Mrs. Gwynne G. McDevitt promises a bequest of sporting dog art; The Vine Hill Society presents Treasures from the Rare Book Room; NSLM Makes Headway in Building Digital Collections; Gallery Talk with artist Peter Corbin; Mary Jennings leads a Sunday Sketch; Dr. Carolee Klimchock speaks about the theatrics of carriage driving in the Gilded Age; Undercover Curator Summer Camp; Gallery Talks being broadcasted; Library installs new reception area; New staff member Erica Libhart; Summer internships available; Bradley Bondi and Lawrence Kurzius join the NSLM Board.

Winter 2016 NSLM Newsletter

The French Horse from Gericault to Picasso: Works from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Line Dance: The Art of Fly Fishing by Peter Corbin; George Armour artwork used to promote NSLM's 6th Annual Polo Classic; Free Weekly Gallery Talks occur every Wednesday; NSLM Attends Garden & Gun Jubilee in South Carolina; Dr. Kathleen Crandell lectures on the historical approach to equine feeding management; Artist Alice Porter leads a Sunday Sketch; NSLM gears up for April Open Late concert series; Carriage Day is scheduled for May 21; NSLM Announces 2016 John H. Daniels Fellows; NSLM commemorates George T. Chapman, Jr.; Gayden Parker joins the NSLM Board of Directors; NSLM offers Student/Teacher memberships; and Facility rentals are available at the NSLM.

Fall 2015 NSLM Newsletter

Side-by-Side with Gun & Dog exhibition; Loan from the Cadre Noir; Littauer Films project with Sweet Briar College; Vom Baur painting added to Permanent Art Collection; Virginia Fall Races; 5th Annual Polo Benefit & Brunch; Recent events; New NSLM Staff: Anne Marie Barnes, Frances Monroe, Susan Brewster; Rebecca Moore Tomlinson commemoration; Give the Gift of Membership.

Summer 2015 NSLM Newsletter

5th Annual Benefit Polo Match & Brunch, Open Late Concert Series, New Aquisitions, Upcoming Exhibitions

Winter 2015 NSLM Newsletter

From the Executive Director; Sea Hero's New Home; Erin Livengood Joins NSLM Staff; Maureen Gustafson Departs NSLM; NSLM Receives Greenan Collection of Dog Collars; Melvin Poe (1920 - 2014); NSLM Announces New Programs and Events for 2015; Inside and Out; ‘Gallop’ Gifted to NSLM by Clarice Smith; Board Advisory Directors; Sassoon Biographer Visits NSLM; 2015 John H. Daniels Fellowships Awarded; NSLM Launches Blog, 'Drawing Covert'; Faithfulness to Nature: Paintings by Edward Troye; Sporting Accoutrements: The Still Lifes of Henry Koehler; Library Completes Successful 2014 Fall Book Sale.

Winter 2014 NSLM Newsletter

Lead articles are about the Side Saddle Symposium, the related exhibition Riding Aside by the Book and Foxcroft Scool: The Art of Women and the Sporting Life. Admission fees are announced. New facilities manager, Arron Patten, is welcomed. The gift of Paul Brown original book illustrations is highlighted as are book donations. Sunday Sketch and a Library archive project are noted along with upcoming exhibitions and events. There are articles by Jonathan Silverman and Andrew Baker, John H. Daniels Fellows. Gift memberships are promoted and Corporate Partner Northern Trust is featured. Current Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council members are listed.

Fall 2014 NSLM Newsletter

Edward Troye & His Biographers: The Archives of Edward Troye; Mellon Legacy; Acquisition of Rare Howitt Etchings; New Staff: Alexandra McKay, Membership & Development Manager, and John Connolly, George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Librarian; A Sportsman en plein air: CD Clarke; Colonel Thomas Thornton of Thornville Royal; 2014 Polo Benefit Luncheon recap; Coming Home Series: John H. Daniels Fellowship Program to Develop Research for Exhibitions; Lisa Campbell's 14 Years at the NSLM; Interns and Volunteers; Frank Bonsal, Jr. Joins Board of Directors; Kenneth Y. Tomlinson obituary.

Winter 2013 NSLM Newsletter

This issue announces the focus on Sir Alfred J. Munnings (English, 1878 – 1959) with the exhibition Munnings: Out in the Open and a “Summer in February” fund-raising dinner and movie. The George and Mary Chapman fly-fishing collection donation is described. There is an article about the honors Jacqueline B. Mars has received for her philanthropy. Two new staff members are presented: Melanie Leigh Mathewes, NSLM executive director and Nicole Stribling, assistant curator. Several events are highlighted: the Nitze party in Georgetown, the Bruce Smart book signing, the opening of an NSLM curated exhibit for the Washington Winter Show, a lecture by acclaimed conservationist Thomas E. Lovejoy and the visit of several Sackler 25th Anniversary Gala celebrants. Other visitors are noted. There is a list of upcoming exhibitions and events, including the 2013 Book Fair roster. The acquisition of iconic sculpture Still Water is announced. There is an article by Daniels Fellow Matthew Harrison. The 2012 Annual Report is presented. There is a list of 2013 Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council members.

Fall 2013 NSLM Newsletter

This issue previews programs and new hours for 2014 which is the 60th year of the NSLM. Save the Date: Side Saddle Symposium, March 15, 2014, is posted. Recent donations to the permanent collection of art including gifts by Kathryn James Clark, Jacqueline Ohrstrom, Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Greenan are noted. The 2013 symposium “Perspectives on Teaming with Nature” with speakers Gerald Adelmann, Thomas Lovejoy, Eleanor Jones Harvey, Perry Mathewes, Lisa Roberts and James Prosek is reviewed. New board member Cathy M. Brentzel is welcomed. NSLM/Chronicle Cup winner On the Corner is pictured with rider Mark Beecher and trainer Alicia Murphy. Photos from events such as a reception sponsored by Doyle New York , an open house for Contemporary Artist: Naturalists Robin Hill and Meg Page, a preview ofAngling in the Western World, book signings for Alastair Jackson and Phillip Dutton, the symposium and a Treasures from the Rare Book Room lecture by Michael Suarez are shown. John H. Daniels Fellows Martha Wolfe and Tabitha Hilliard describe their work. The Ivy Circle, Chairman’s Council members and corporate partner Northern Trust are listed.

Summer 2013 NSLM Newsletter

Lead articles are about the Benefit Polo Match and the symposium “Perspectives on Teaming with Nature.” Gifts from Mrs. Ohrstrom and Mrs. Mars are listed and a Breslauer Foundation grant rare book acquisition is announced. Corporate Partner of the NSLM, Northern Trust, is announced. The death of June M. Ruhsam, a former NSL librarian, is noted. John H. Daniels Fellowship Recipients for 2013-2014 are presented and an article by 2012-2013 Fellow Julie Ann Plax is included. There is a list of events and exhibitions. Current exhibitions,Contemporary Artist-Naturalists: Robin Hill and Meg Page and Teaming with Nature: James Prosek, are described. There are photos from the Daniel and Barbara Roux event and the Jesse Freidin gallery talk.

Spring 2012 NSLM Newsletter

The cover story is "In the Spotlight: Virginia Governor, Archivist of the United States, and Museum Leaders Pay Visits." Other stories include "Rare Books and Archives Enhance the Library’s Collection," and the announcements of Ronald M. Bradley as a new member of the NSLM board of directors and Claudia Pfeiffer, as new George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Museum Curator. Lectures by Lord Charles Cecil of the R. S. Surtees Society, England, and Corey Piper, Daniels Fellow and curatorial associate for the Mellon Collection, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, are summarized. The 2012 – 2013 Daniels Fellows are announced and an article by Fellow Judith Martin Woodall is printed. Visitors to the NSLM are highlighted including Tristan Pillimore and Jemma Tuomey, London, and William and Fiona (née Forsyth) Spencer, UK. "Recent Book Donations," "Upcoming Events and Exhibits," "Featured Volunteer: Geri Coulter," and the list of Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council members conclude the newsletter.

Winter 2012 NSLM Newsletter

This issue announces the focus on Sir Alfred J. Munnings (English, 1878 – 1959) with the exhibition Munnings: Out in the Open and a “Summer in February” fund-raising dinner and movie. The George and Mary Chapman fly-fishing collection donation is described. There is an article about the honors Jacqueline B. Mars has received for her philanthropy. Two new staff members are presented: Melanie Leigh Mathewes, NSLM executive director and Nicole Stribling, assistant curator. Several events are highlighted: the Nitze party in Georgetown, the Bruce Smart book signing, the opening of an NSLM curated exhibit for the Washington Winter Show, a lecture by acclaimed conservationist Thomas E. Lovejoy and the visit of several Sackler 25th Anniversary Gala celebrants. Other visitors are noted. There is a list of upcoming exhibitions and events, including the 2013 Book Fair roster. The acquisition of iconic sculpture Still Water is announced. There is an article by Daniels Fellow Matthew Harrison. The 2012 Annual Report is presented. There is a list of 2013 Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council members.

Fall 2012 NSLM Newsletter

The cover story is the extraordinary “NSLM POLO!” weekend that included a benefit polo luncheon and game, a symposium composed of leading authorities on polo and an exhibition of over 50 pieces of polo-related art. Current exhibitions are featured: Bob Kuhn: Drawing on Instinct, a traveling exhibition curated by Adam Harris, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Intersection: Field Sports and the Evolution of Conservation, curated by Mickey Gustafson and Lisa Campbell. Three new members of the board of directors are presented: Claire Reid, B. Tim Brookshire, and Guy O. Dove. Book donations, the October 19th open house, exhibitions and events, the NSLM|Chronicle Cup and the duplicate book sale are noted. Many visitors are featured including Julian Raby, Freer|Sackler Museum director and Betsy Broun, Smithsonian Museum of American Art director. There are articles by John H. Daniels Fellows Andrew Lemon and Jennifer Corrinne Brown. Artists Tony Barham and Misia Broadhead are recognized for their efforts in developing Sunday Sketch. Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council are listed. 

Summer 2012 NSLM Newsletter

The cover story is the 2nd annual NSLM Book Fair with photos from that event and from the July 12th opening of Chukkers: The Sport of Polo in Art. The death of James L. Young is noted. Recent art donations and the visit of Felcia Warburg Rogan founder of the Sporting Art Initiative are included. Also mentioned are: the Preservation Award received by the NSLM, the exhibit at the Grolier Club by Librarian Lisa Campbell, the hiring of Assistant Librarian Jaclyn Peterson and an article by her about Fore-edge paintings. Linda Conti is the featured volunteer and an article by Daniels Fellow Earl Parker is printed. Upcoming events through November are listed. The 2012 Ivy Circle and Chariman’s Council members are included

Spring 2012 NSLM Newsletter

The cover story is "In the Spotlight: Virginia Governor, Archivist of the United States, and Museum Leaders Pay Visits." Other stories include "Rare Books and Archives Enhance the Library’s Collection," and the announcements of Ronald M. Bradley as a new member of the NSLM board of directors and Claudia Pfeiffer, as new George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Museum Curator. Lectures by Lord Charles Cecil of the R. S. Surtees Society, England, and Corey Piper, Daniels Fellow and curatorial associate for the Mellon Collection, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, are summarized. The 2012 – 2013 Daniels Fellows are announced and an article by Fellow Judith Martin Woodall is printed. Visitors to the NSLM are highlighted including Tristan Pillimore and Jemma Tuomey, London, and William and Fiona (née Forsyth) Spencer, UK. "Recent Book Donations," "Upcoming Events and Exhibits," "Featured Volunteer: Geri Coulter," and the list of Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council members conclude the newsletter.

Winter 2011 NSLM Newsletter

The cover story is the beginning of a new era with 4,554 visitors to the inaugural exhibition at the new museum building. Other photos and stories include the Bobins print collection donation, three special book and periodical collections donated, visitors to the NSLM, Terry Belanger speaks at “Treasures from the Rare Book Room, Preview Night at the Museum for the Liljefors exhibit, Graham Motion speaks at a celebration of the “In the Blacksmith Shop” exhibit, an article by Daniels Fellow Patricia Akhemie, a list of recent book donations, upcoming events and recognition of Jimmy Hatcher and Margaret Littleton as volunteers. There also is the Annual Report of 2011 Donors. Current Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council donors are listed.

Fall 2011 NSLM Newsletter

The cover story is “Capacity Crowd Celebrates Spectacular New Museum and Inaugural Exhibition.” Photographs of the Gala, the exhibit and the Coaching Event are featured. A page is devoted to visitors from around the world. Donations of books, fine art and a 1913 sterling silver coach-and-four created for the Alfred G. Vanderbilt dining table are listed. Aero won the NSLM/Chronicle Cup, Virginia Fall races 2011. Librarian Lisa Campbell was elected to the Grolier Club. The death of John William “Billy” Abel Smith, strong supporter of the NSLM and husband of board member Mimi Abel Smith is listed. “The World is British Sporting Print,” by Fellow Cory Piper, Curatorial Assistant for the Mellon Collections, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, outlines research done in preparation for an upcoming VMFA exhibition catalogue. Fellow Elizabeth Letts has a best seller, The Eighty Dollar Champion, on The New York Times hard-cover non-fiction list. The NSLM has issued a call for Daniels Fellowship applications, due February 1, 2012. A book review of the Greater Journey by David McCullough is on the Web site. Current Ivy Circle and Chairman’s Council members are listed.

Summer 2011 NSLM Newsletter

The cover story is" National Sporting Library Unveils New Museum in October with Historic Coaching Drive, Gala, and Exhibit." Other topics include the history of Vine Hill, the building that was renovated and expanded to house the new Museum. Photographs show visitors getting preview tours of the new building. In the Blacksmith Shop, an exhibit in the Library, is introduced with an article on a veterinary case book from the 19th century. Librarian Campbell attended Rare Book School and Comminucations and Education Director Mickey Gustafson attended an arts integration workshop at The Phillips Collection. The NSLM Annual Report of 2010 Donors is included. The donation of a rare first edition Essays on Hunting is noted. Photographs from the NSLM Book Fair are featured. The 2011-2012 Daniels Fellows are announced and an article on coaching adventures by Fellow Carolee Klimchock is included. Information on volunteers is given. The Annual Report of 2010 Donors is included.

Spring 2011 NSLM Newsletter

The cover stories feature the donation to the NSLM of Paul Brown's private library and other objects and two Herbert Haseltine collection donations. Other articles include the donation of an 1859 Upperville Union Club trophy, upcoming events, visitors to the NSLM, Derby Day, the Horses at Work and Play exhibit celebration, the addition of Diana Kingsbury-Smith as Development Coordinator, and recent book donations. Articles by Daniels Fellow, MikkoSaikku, Finland, on "Anglers and the Conservation of Atlantic Salmon Stocks in North America, 1850s-1950s"; and "To Horse! The History of Healthful Riding," by Fellow James D. Alsop of Canada. A list of Daniels Fellows' books and papers accepted for publication and presentation, a discussion of volunteer training and a poster announcing the Celebration of the opening of the NSLM art Museum in October 2011 and the inaugural exhibit Afield in America: 400 Years of Animal & Sporting Art, 1585-1985, October 11, 2011- January 14, 2012.Current Ivy Circle and Chairman's Council members are listed.

Fall 2010 NSLM Newsletter

The cover story discusses the Lives of Dogs Symposium where an international panel addressed a capacity crowd. A second story is about the Elizabeth D. Clark bequest of thirty-eight works of art. Other stories include the new art museum building progress, the Benefit Polo Match, a children's program with acclaimed artist/author James Prosek, NSL&M participation in two Kentucky art exhibitions coinciding with the World Equestrian Games, recent book donations, the NSL/Chronicle Cup, a book review of Secretariat's Meadow , and an article by PellomMcDaniels III, a John H. Daniels Fellow, on jockey Isaac Murphy.

Summer 2010 NSLM Newsletter

The cover story discusses recent book and art donations. Other stories include the MFHA Centennial book signing, staff news, the 2009 Annual Report, Daniels fellow Elizabeth Letts, the Civil War lecture by Bud Hall and Childs Burden, and the Treasures of the Rare Book Room dinner with lecture by Michael Suarez.