30 September 2011

Robert Edmond Jones - From Milton Farm Boy to Hollywood Producer

"Robert Edmond Jones - From Milton Farm Boy to Hollywood Producer"
October 7th 2011
7:00 in the Farmington Historical Society Museum 
Goodwin Library

Robert Edmond Jones (c. 1920)
Kathleen Shea
NH Farm Museum Director
www.farmmuseum.org
info@farmmuseum.org

Robert Edmond Jones was born on December 12, 1887, the son of Fred P. and Emma (Cowell) Jones of Plummer's Ridge, Milton, New Hampshire.

When Mr. Jones reached school age, he entered the rural school on the Ridge. Here he received his grammar school education. He entered Nute High School in the fall of 1900. While attending high school he was a member of the staff of the school paper and made several sketches and designs for it. He was graduated in 1904. Mr. Jones earned his tuition for his freshman year at Harvard by teaching school at West Milton (Nute's Ridge), Plummer's Ridge and Milton Grammar School. During his last three years in Cambridge, he earned his way by assisting in the department of Fine Arts.

He was graduated in 1910 from Harvard with cum laude honors, and remained two years as instructor in the Fine Arts Department.

He did his first designing for "Salome", put on for an audience of six in an undergraduate room. Kenneth MacGowan, one of the six, later influenced a New York producer in Mr. Jones' behalf.

He became noted for his novel stage settings and first attracted attention in this field in the spring of 1915 by his excellent work in the scenic design in the play, "The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife," produced by Granville Barker at Wallack's Theater , New York, and followed this success with many others including Percy MacKaye's play, "Washington, the Man Who Made Us," staged at the Lyric Theater in New York, September 19, 1920. Mr. Jones scenic work, especially his exterior of Mt. Vernon, the home of Washington, was outstanding. From this time on he became world famous and did the stage designing for many plays chief among which was "Green Pastures."

Although people had tried to interest him in movie scenic work they had but little luck, Mr. Jones remained loyal to New York and the legitimate stage.

Robert Edmond Jones article on Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Edmond_Jones

Robert Edmond Jones Collection at the UNH Library
http://www.library.unh.edu/special/index.php/robert-edmond-jones

Robert Edmond Jones on the Internet Broadway Database
http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=9776


Sets Designed by Robert Edmond Jones

Robert Edmond Jones
Cover of book on design by Jones


Set from MacBeth, 1921
   
Hamlet, burial of Ophelia, 1922
Camille, Act III   1932

Richard III, vision of the crown, 1941







03 September 2011

Free in Farmington this Fall

Looking for something to do this Fall.  Here are some great activities and events happening in Farmington, NH this fall.  And they are all for free!  Mark your calendars and head on over to Farmington.

September 2011

3   Knitting Club  (monthly- first Saturday)
11:30  Goodwin Library

4   Mustard Seed Cafe    (monthly- first and third Sundays)
3:00 – 5:00 First Congregational Church

7   Gardner's Roundtable  (monthly- first Wednesday)
6:00  Goodwin Library

10  Mustard Seed Cafe  (monthly- first and third Sundays)
3:00 – 5:00 First Congregational Church

12 Adult Poet and Writer's Group   (monthly- second Monday)  6:00 Goodwin Library

14   Friends of the Library  (monthly – second Wednesday)  6:00 Goodwin Library

19   Adult Book Club   (monthly- third Monday)
6:00 Goodwin Library

26   Kids Cartoon Club  (monthly- fourth Monday)
6:00 Goodwin Library

28   Farmington Film Society  (monthly- fourth Wednesday)
6:00 Goodwin Library


October 2011

1   Knitting Club  (monthly- first Saturday)
11:30  Goodwin Library

2  Mustard Seed Cafe   (monthly- first and third Sundays)
3:00 – 5:00 First Congregational Church

3  Adult Poet and Writer's Group  (monthly- second Monday)  6:00 Goodwin Library

5 Gardner's Roundtable  (monthly- first Wednesday)
6:00  Goodwin Library

7  Farmington Historical Society  (monthly – first Friday)
7:00 Goodwin Library Museum

12  Friends of the Library  (monthly – second Wednesday)  6:00 Goodwin Library

16  Mustard Seed Cafe  (monthly- first and third Sundays)
3:00 – 5:00 First Congregational Church

17  Adult Book Club   (monthly- third Monday)
6:00 Goodwin Library

24   Kids Cartoon Club  (monthly- fourth Monday)
6:00 Goodwin Library

26   Farmington Film Society  (monthly- fourth Wednesday)
6:00 Goodwin Library


For more information about these free programs and events in Farmington, please visit these sites on the web.

Adult Book Club

Adult Poet and Writers Group

Farmington Film Society

Farmington Historical Society

Friends of the Library

Gardener's Roundtable

Goodwin Library

Mustard Seed Cafe

We Have Odd and Interesting Things in Farmington Historical Society Museum


Last year, J.W. Ocker, author of The New England Grimpendium, spoke at the Goodwin Library.  He tailored his talk to Macabre New Hampshire.  It was interesting and captivating.  And our speaker learned as much as he taught.

He blogged about it in a March posting.
Read it at: http://www.jwocker.com/2011/03/goodwin-library-appearance.html



Follow J.W Ocker at  http://www.jwocker.com/
Read his blog, Odd Things I've Seen, at http://www.oddthingsiveseen.com/