Helen Day Art Center
|Helen Day Art Center|
|Location||90 Pond Street
Stowe, Vermont, USA
To enhance the human experience through the visual arts...
The Helen Day Art Center was started by Helen Day Montanari and Marguerite E. Lichtenthaeler.
Dr. Lichtenthaeler who was born in Reading, Pennsylvania received a medical degree from Boston University in 1916 and practiced medicine for the next twenty-five years. In 1940 she moved to Stowe, Vermont with Helen Day Montanari. She established her own practice in town and continued to see patients until she was eighty years old.
Helen Day Montanari was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied the Italian language for a year at Radcliffe College. She later married General Carlo Montanari, who was killed in World War I. After the war was over, she brought her three children to the United States and settled in Newton, Massachusetts. A few years later, she came down with an illness and was diagnosed by Dr. Lichtenthaeler. The two women became life long friends and eventually decided to share a house in Stowe.
The two women shared intellectual interests, loved to travel, and shared a concern for the quality of life in their town. Dr. Lichtenthaeler was always counted on to rise during Town Meetings to plead for a library appropriation. Mrs. Montanari, who felt just as strongly left a $40,000 trust after she died for the establishment of the library. Years later, there was a successful campaign to raise the remainder of the money that was needed for the Stowe Free Library and the Helen Day Art Center.
Historic Time Line
1863: The Greek Revival "Village School" was built and counterpoint to the Stowe Community Church. They shared the same architect.
1900: Second Story Wings Added
1955: Helen Day Montanari (a long-time visitor and eventual resident of Stowe) died and left a trust fund in the care of her friend, Dr. Marguerite Lichtenthaeler. The two women shared a dream of a new Library and Art Center for Stowe.
1974: Stowe High School moved into its new quarters on the Barrows Road. The "Village School", affectionately called "Old Yeller", was left vacant.
1980: After dedication and foresight by Historic Stowe, Inc. and the Trustees of the Helen Day Montanari Fund, restoration of the vacant school begun. It was to be reincarnated as The Helen Day Memorial Library and Art Center and officially registered on the National Register of Historic Siter.
1981: The Stowe Free Library officially moved into the first floor of the new building. A group of volunteers, under the leadership of Beverly Wood, met to discuss the formation of an Art Center. During the summer months, two art exhibits were held: Stan Marc Wright's paintings and Parker Perry's Samoan Tapa works. In December, the first official exhibit THE FESTIVAL OF THE CHRISTMAS TREES was presented.
1982: The Helen Day Art Center was officially incorporated and registered with the Secretary of State as a non-profit corporation.
1994: New additions added.
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David & Barbara Siegel
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