The Little House: Her Story
Nov. 3, 2018 March 31, 2019
2017 marked the 75th anniversary of the publication of the children’s book The Little House, written and illustrated by Virginia Lee Burton (1909–1968). In recognition of that milestone, for the past two years the Cape Ann Museum has been pleased to collaborate with Gallery A4 at the Takenaka Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, creating an exhibition exploring Burton’s extraordinary career and legacy. The Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester, the University of Minnesota, the Burton-Demetrios family and the Tokyo Children’s Library also contributed to the project. The exhibition that resulted from this partnership featured archival material and a model of the little house at the center of Burton’s story. After being on display at Gallery A4 the exhibition traveled to a handful of other venues around Japan including Spiral, a multi-purpose cultural center in Minami-Aoyama. The exhibition was greeted enthusiastically by large crowds at each site. Now, a year later, the model of Virginia Lee Burton’s Little House that was at the center of the exhibition is on its way to America where it will soon be on display at the Cape Ann Museum.
The Cape Ann Museum is pleased and honored to have been given this rare opportunity to engage in cross cultural dialogue on salient topics such as these and thanks its partners—and dear friends—in Japan for their generosity and kindness.
Opening Day Celebration: Saturday, November 3, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Opening Day Schedule
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Watercolor painting in the CAM Activity Center and origami daisy making in the gallery for all ages throughout the day.
10:30 a.m. / 12:00 p.m. / 1:30 p.m. Story time: Join CAM staff for a reading of The Little House.
1:00 p.m. Film-screening of Virginia Lee Burton: A Sense of Place with film producer Christine Lundberg.
3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Light refreshments served in the gallery.
Mary Craven | Margaret Pearson
Christine & Stephen Kahane | Arthur Ryan
J.J. & Jackie Bell | Gib & Sarah Carey
Paul & Christine Lundberg | Andrew Spindler