Chappell Hill Historical Society Museum has new exhibit opening

March 18, 2016
The Chappell Hill Historical Society Museum will host an exhibit opening Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. The exhibit, “The History of Woodworking in Chappell Hill,” presents both sophisticated and vernacular examples of home furnishings, home décor, and art pieces created in Chappell Hill or by artists who lived and worked in Chappell Hill from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Kathy Nichols, director of the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture will give a presentation placing 19th century woodworking in Chappell Hill into the greater context of German artisans and the Texas Biedermeier furniture tradition. A small reception will follow the exhibit opening at the museum.

Some examples of pieces on display include the woodworking tools of German immigrant Heinrich Christian Brandt, a carpenter, cabinetmaker, and merchant in early Chappell Hill history who rebuilt the historic Chappell Hill United Methodist Church after the great storm of 1900. Other cabinetmakers of German descent who worked in Chappell Hill include the brothers Johann and Heinrich Umland, Caspar Witteborg, and others who hoped to carve out a new life in Texas towns in need of skilled artisans. There will also be examples from current artists in the region, including furniture by Todd Burch, bowls and art created by By Reed, and the carving and cabinetry of Barry Bennett to name a few.

As always, the Chappell Hill Historical Society Museum is free and open to the public from Wednesday – Saturday 10AM – 4PM and Sunday 1-4PM. This exhibit will be on display from March 26 – April 17th including during the Bluebonnet Festival, which is April 9th and 10th. Be sure not to miss this wonderful exhibit!
Christine Hoffman, Director