NEW PEEP Art Gallery Exhibit
Monday, July 23, 2012
PEEPS! The candy with personality makes an interesting medium for art.
NEW Enhanced Martin Guitar Exhibit
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Beautiful guitars of varying shapes and design fill the Martin Guitar exhibit.
A special “thank you” to Martin Guitar for the newly designed display of guitars and tools.
Ribbon Cutting At the New Litzenberger Volunteer Lounge
Sunday, June 3, 2012
When you needed a helping hand, Lester Litzenberger was the person to call.
Lester could do anything.
If he couldn’t do it himself, he knew who he could call upon to get the help he needed. Whether it was changing a light bulb, siphoning water out of the basement or clearing out the interior of the Sigal Bridal Shop, no job was too small or too large for Lester. A long time volunteer with NCHGS, Lester was part of the process of the building of the Sigal Museum from the very beginning. From his participation on a visioning committee to laboring with demolition, Lester demonstrated his strong belief of a need for a new museum to share the vast collection of NCHGS artifacts with the public. Even after he was diagnosed with a chronic illness Lester continued volunteering, always with a smile and a joke. Sadly, Lester never saw the completion of the Sigal Museum. But now through the generosity of the Litzenberger family and donations to NCHGS in Lester’s memory, a beautiful new space honoring Lester’s service exists within the Sigal Museum for volunteers.
Helen Litzenberger, daughter Marianne Phifer, and designer Lynne Holden created a space reflecting Lester’s personality. With a backdrop of light blue walls, the Litzenberger Lounge beckons you to enter, the brown leather sofa and matching chair invite you to sit and relax. A table large enough to seat six provides ample space for a group to socialize over lunch or a cup of tea. Paintings from the NCHGS collection decorate the walls, complimenting the colors in the floral hooked rug. A collage of photos of Lester complete the room.
At the ribbon cutting Andy Daub, President of the Board of Governance; Colleen Lavdar, past Executive Director; Barbara Kowitz, Executive Director; and Matt Phifer, Lester’s grandson all spoke of Lester’s dedication to NCHGS and to the new Sigal Museum.
Lester enjoyed social events, and his role of bartender in overalls and hardhat at the kickoff reception for the capital campaign was one of the memories fondly recalled.
Following the ribbon cutting a reception was held in the gallery outside the new lounge. It didn’t take long for guests to use the lounge for the purpose for which it was intended – a quiet and tranquil place for volunteers to meet and socialize.