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Salisbury House presents the Holly & Ivy holiday home tour
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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Salisbury House presents the Holly & Ivy holiday home tour on December 1, 2, and 3 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.
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DES MOINES, IA (November 2017) – Salisbury House welcomes you this holiday season during the Holly & Ivy holiday home tour on December 1, 2, and 3 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm each day. This year’s tour includes Salisbury House, two private homes located in the Owl’s Head Historic District, Central Presbyterian Holiday Market, and West End Architectural Salvage.

Salisbury House
Built from 1923-1928 as the family home of cosmetic pioneer Carl Weeks, this manor estate with Tudor, Gothic, and Carolean architecture was modeled after the King’s House in Salisbury, England. Filled with the family’s original furnishings and worldly collections, each room of Salisbury House is adorned for the holidays by the finest local decorators.

Historic Owl’s Head Home #1
Built in 1905, this classic home is a cornerstone of the Owl’s Head Historic District that has been featured on the cover of Midwest Living magazine. It features a carriage house, gable-roofed entrance porch, and a charming screen porch that is rumored to have once been a favorite local hangout of musician Louis Armstrong. 

Historic Owl’s Head Home #2
Built in 1907, the Thomas M. Langan home is one of two homes built in Owl's Head for the Langan Family, founders of the former Langan Paper Company. The home was designed in the medieval rectilinear style and features a prominent front porch and high gables.

Central Presbyterian Holiday Market
Central Presbyterian Church features over 50 local vendors, selling unique handmade crafts, artwork, jewelry, home-baked goods and home décor – including antiques and furniture! It’s open to the public December 1 and 2 and offers an affordable $5 soup lunch. Special this year:  learn about JOPPA and tour a “tiny house!”

West End Architectural Salvage
With over 50,000 square feet of inventory, owner Don Short and his team acquire materials from old buildings, repurposing them into unique furniture and one-of-a-kind items. Full coffee shop and bar on main floor.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18.00 for Salisbury House members and $5.00 for children ages 6-12. Tickets can be purchased online at salisburyhouse.org or by calling 515-274-1777.

All proceeds of Holly & Ivy benefit Salisbury House Foundation to preserve Salisbury House and its collections.

Salisbury House & Gardens is a private, non-profit organization governed by the Salisbury House Foundation. Located in the Salisbury Oaks Neighborhood in the heart Des Moines, Salisbury House & Gardens is a historic house museum that is open to the public and welcomes thousands of guests each year for its cultural, historical, educational and social events. Completed in 1928, Carl and Edith Weeks modeled their country estate after the King’s House in Salisbury, England.  The 42-room English manor house is filled with valuable collections from the Weeks family estate, including paintings, sculpture, textiles, rare books and documents, and decorative arts.

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Salisbury House announces the 2017-2018 season of The History Series
Thursday, September 28, 2017
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Salisbury House announces the 2017-2018 season of The History Series
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DES MOINES, IA (September 2017) – Salisbury House Foundation (SHF) is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 season of The History Series at Salisbury House. This series brings history to life with innovative topics presented by nationally acclaimed historians. The public lecture series features three speakers whose presentations invoke thought and reflection.  Each presentation is held in the exquisite Common Room at Salisbury House. Featured historians, topics and dates include:

Thursday, November 16 at 7:30pm - Joseph Berton, author of T. E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt, An Illustrated Guide, explores the life and legend of the man known to many as “Lawrence of Arabia.” This talk will include an exhibit of Mr. Berton’s extensive collection of Lawrence artifacts, and objects from the Salisbury House Permanent Collection.

Thursday, March 22 at 7:30pm - Kenneth W. Harl, Professor of Classical and Byzantine History at Tulane University, examines the Ottoman Empire’s most important political rulers. He discusses the importance of Sultan Suleiman I, the politics of the grand Ottoman court, and the empire’s cultural contributions.

Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 pm - Dorsey Armstrong, Associate Professor of English and Medieval Literature at Purdue University, narrates one of the most popular legends of Western civilization: the saga of King Arthur and his knights and ladies.

Tickets to the complete 2017-2018 season of The History Series featuring all three lectures are $25 and are available for purchase through November 16, 2017. Tickets to a single lecture are $10 each. Students are free with presentation of an I.D. and are subject to availability. Tickets are available at salisburyhouse.org or by calling 515-274-1777.

The History Series at Salisbury House is made possible through generous lead gifts made by Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey and Charlotte and Fred Hubbell. Additional support comes from Liz and Rick Neumann and The Butler House on Grand.

Salisbury House & Gardens is a private, non-profit organization governed by the Salisbury House Foundation. Located in the Salisbury Oaks Neighborhood in the heart Des Moines, Salisbury House & Gardens is a historic house museum that is open to the public and welcomes thousands of guests each year for its cultural, historical, educational and social events. Completed in 1928, Carl and Edith Weeks modeled their country estate after the King’s House in Salisbury, England.  The 42-room English manor house is filled with valuable collections from the Weeks family estate, including paintings, sculpture, textiles, rare books and documents, and decorative arts.

 

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Salisbury House announces the Winifred M. Kelley Music Series
Monday, September 18, 2017
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Salisbury House Foundation (SHF) is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 season of the Winifred M. Kelley Music Series at Salisbury House.
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DES MOINES, IA (September 2017) –Salisbury House Foundation (SHF) is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 season of the Winifred M. Kelley Music Series at Salisbury House. This series honors the legacy of Winifred M. Kelley, a long-time advocate and devotee of The Music Series at Salisbury House. The musical series features intimate performances by some of the region’s finest musicians presented in the Common Room at Salisbury House.

“We are so happy to honor the legacy of Mrs. Kelley through our Music Series.  Not only was she an ardent lover of music and our Music Series, but she was a pillar of our community and an extraordinary person,said Kit Curran, Executive Director at Salisbury House.

Tickets to each performance can be purchased online at salisburyhouse.org or by calling 515-274-1777. The performances, dates, and times are as follows:

Thursday, October 12 at 7:00pm - The Aspen String Trio perform complete trios of Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert, as well as lesser known works by Dohnanyi, Hindemith, Martinu, Rozsa, Veress, and Ysaÿe, among others.  David Perry, violin; Victoria Chiang, viola; and Michael Mermagen, cello.

Thursday, November 9 at 7:00pm -  The Iowa Chamber Players perform Overture for Winds by Felix Mendelssohn, Serenade by Arthur Bird, Petite Symphonie by Charles Gounod and Old Wine in New Bottles by Gordon Jacob.

Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00pm - A festive Holiday Concert featuring popular sounds of the season performed by Kristin Maahs, Harp; Jennifer Wohlenhaus-Bloomburg, Oboe; Clarence Padilla, Clarinet; Kim Helton, Flute; and Timothy Gale, bassoon.

Thursday, March 8 at 7:00pm - Dr. Leslie Marrs and Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham present a duo flute concert with selections from their new CD including Jindrich Feld's Duo Concertante and the title piece, Matthew Quayle's Night Owls.

Thursday, April 5 at 7:00pm - Jonathan Sturm and Gregory Maytan present a duo recital for two violins and violin/viola featuring the music of Mozart, Prokofiev, Wilhelm Petersohn-Berger and Johann Halvorsen.

Thursday, May 10 at 7:00pm - Mezzo-Soprano Megan Ihnen and violist Michael Hall perform a program of diverse works featuring contemporary composers Mara Gibson, Garrett Schumann, Christian Carey, Jessica Rudman, and Jessica Meyer.

The Winifred M. Kelley Music Series at Salisbury House is made possible through generous lead gifts made by Andrea Westmeyer, Brenton Foundation, Confluence, and James Windsor.
Special thanks to David Liljedahl and Rieman Music for the expert care of the Steinway model D concert grand piano.

Salisbury House & Gardens is a private, non-profit organization governed by the Salisbury House Foundation. Located in the Salisbury Oaks Neighborhood in the heart Des Moines, Salisbury House & Gardens is a historic house museum that is open to the public and welcomes thousands of guests each year for its cultural, historical, educational and social events. Completed in 1928, Carl and Edith Weeks modeled their country estate after the King’s House in Salisbury, England.  The 42-room English manor house is filled with valuable collections from the Weeks family estate, including paintings, sculpture, textiles, rare books and documents, and decorative arts.

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Prairie Meadows Awards Salisbury House Foundation 2017 Community Betterment Grant
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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The Salisbury House Foundation is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $5,000 grant through Prairie Meadow�s 2017 Community Betterment Grant program. Grant funds will support Salisbury House Foundation�s Community Arts Connection (CAC) program and will enable expanded outreach efforts to traditionally underserved populations.
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Des Moines, Iowa- The Salisbury House Foundation is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $5,000 grant through Prairie Meadow’s 2017 Community Betterment Grant program. Grant funds will support Salisbury House Foundation’s Community Arts Connection (CAC) program and will enable expanded outreach efforts to traditionally underserved populations.

The CAC program has grown out of Salisbury House Foundation’s (SHF) belief that art, culture, and history are vital to the health of our community. Through the CAC, SHF provides regular educational and cultural programming as well as hosts over 20 public events each year. In alignment with the organizational mission, SHF offers our collections to community institutions as an academic resource, educating school groups, home school groups, college students and adult learners. With the support of Prairie Meadows, the CAC program will strengthen existing partnerships with local schools and organizations, bolster outreach efforts to alternative education groups, and continue to provide affordable cultural experiences to the broader community.

The Prairie Meadows Community Betterment program improves the lives of people in their communities by supporting the work of local organizations. This generous award by Prairie Meadows enables Salisbury House Foundation to continue fulfilling its mission by sharing unforgettable cultural experiences to the Greater Des Moines area and guests from around the world.

About Salisbury House Foundation

In 1993, Salisbury House Foundation (SHF) was established with a mission to preserve, interpret and share the international significance of Salisbury House and its collections as a historic house museum for the educational, cultural benefit and enjoyment of the public. Today, SHF continues to manage one of Iowa’s most significant cultural resources and offer it to the Greater Des Moines Area as a space for the confluence of art, culture, and community. To learn more, please visit www.salisburyhouse.org.

 

About Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows began operations as a non-profit organization in 1989 with the goal of promoting economic development, jobs, agriculture, and tourism in the state of Iowa. Through taxes, grants, and charitable donations, Prairie Meadows has given more than $1.6 billion to the state of Iowa. Prairie Meadows offers more than 1,900 slot machines, table games, live and simulcast racing, hotel accommodations, entertainment, and more.

www.prairiemeadows.com

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