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Yager Museum to Host Second Annual “Horror in the Museum”

October 24, 2017

The Hartwick College Yager Museum of Art & Culture will again host “The Horror in the Museum,” a special Halloween reading event guaranteed to chill and thrill, on Thursday, October 26 from 6 –  8 p.m. in Yager Hall on the College campus. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. The suggested ages for attendance, due to the nature of some story material, is 10 and up.

An intrepid group of College students, staff and faculty will read and perform their favorite spooky stories and tales of the macabre in the Museum’s Elting Gallery.

“At the Yager, we serve the community not only through compelling exhibitions, but as a gathering place,” said Museum Coordinator Doug Kendall. “Museums have long been associated with mystery and horror, from Poe to Lovecraft to Scooby Doo. This event is a way to recognize that aura while sharing some great stories.”

A wide range of faculty, administrators and students will be reading prose stories, poetry, folktales, and theater monologues, including Kendall, Lecturer in Theatre Arts Karen Butler; Senior Gabriella Davila; Professor of History Cherilyn Lacy; Yager Museum of Art & Culture Collections and Program Manager Quentin P. Lewis; Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Tannenbaum; and College Archivist Shelley Wallace.

Executive Director of Information Technology Services Bruce Campbell will both read and perform musical selections.

“It should be an evening of frights and delights,” said Yager Museum Collections and Program Manager Quentin Lewis.

The Museum recently opened two new exhibitions. Along the Rails: Willard Yager, Native American Art, and 20th Century Tourism traces the 1913-14 rail journey of the Museum’s namesake through the Native American art and artifacts he acquired in the Southwest. In a Modern Vein: Contemporary Art from the Yager Museum Collection presents highlights of the Museum’s contemporary collecting over the past seven decades.

In addition to the new exhibits, all current exhibitions will be open for viewing, including Of Time and the River: 12,000 Years in the Upper Susquehanna Region; Paleolithic Peoples: Old Digs, New Discoveries?; and the permanent exhibition, Masterpieces of European and American Art: The Hartwick College Art Treasure Room.

Exhibitions will be open throughout the 2017-18 Hartwick College academic year. The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday, noon – 4:30 p.m., when the College is in session. The Museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, College holidays, and when the College is not in session. Admission is free of charge.

For more information on the Yager Museum and its events, visit the museum’s website, Facebook page, call 607-431-4480, or e-mail Kendall at