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Monuments by Augustus Saint-Gaudens Continue to Commemorate and Inspire

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation to free slaves in the states and areas in rebellion and to permit blacks to serve in the Union army. The 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment was promptly formed from volunteers from Massachusetts and other states. Robert Gould Shaw, son of a Boston abolitionist family and veteran in the Union army, was appointed to lead the unit.

On May 28, 1863, over 1,000 black soldiers and their white officers assembled in the Boston Common to march to Boston Harbor for transport south.

On July 18, 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Regiment stormed Fort Wagner at the Port of Charleston. Colonel Shaw was shot and killed as he led his troops over the parapet, and the 54th Regiment suffered over 250 casualties that day. After two years of engagements, the 54th returned to Boston in September 1865.

On October 22, 1887, the iconic Standing Lincoln monument was unveiled in Lincoln Park in Chicago.

On May 31, 1897, the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial was dedicated in the Boston Common. The memorial portrays the departure of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment from the site of the memorial more that thirty years earlier. Colonel Shaw rides his steed, his troops shoulder their rifles, and drummer boys lead.

On May 30, 1903, the Sherman Monument was dedicated at the Grand Army Plaza in Central Park, New York City. Hettie Anderson, a black woman from South Carolina, was the model for the goddess Winged Victory who leads General Sherman forward. Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens has described her as “…the handsomest model I have ever seen of either sex, and I have seen a great many.” Today, Winged Victory is gilded in gold.

See all of these statues in this download: Saint-Gaudens Statues.pdf

UVSV at CAACE with G.A. Mudge

The 2022 Annual Conference of The Connecticut Association for Adult & Continuing Education was held virtually on March 10 and March 11. The Zoom presentation by G. A. Mudge on his teaching technique and books — UVSV®: Use the Visual to Stimulate the Verbal® — is now available on Youtube, together with accompanying visuals.

Download the presentation materials to follow along: CAACE-Presentation-Visuals-H.pdf

More information about UVSV®: Use the Visual to Stimulate the Verbal® can be found here.

In 2020, Liberty walks on a silver dollar through Covid-19

In 1916, when Liberty first appeared on the Walking Liberty half dollar, Secretary of the Treasury William McAdoo reported “a full-length figure of Liberty, the folds of the Stars and Stripes flying to the breeze as a back- ground, progressing in full stride toward the dawn of a new day, carrying branches of laurel and oak, symbolical of civil and military glory. The hand of the figure is outstretched in bestowal of the spirit of liberty.”

In 1918, Liberty marched through the Spanish flu pandemic. In 2020, Liberty walks on a silver dollar through Covid-19.

Explore the Statues of Central Park

This will be fun. In one hour on November 11, the photographic walk through Central Park will visit all statues in the park, including the two Alice statues. There will also be special surprises from Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Hope to see you at Noble Horizons. Moby

Publicity on the New York Times

Publicity on the New York Times

Alice in Central Park got a little publicity today in the New York Times, have a read at…

It was raised the other day at a book party for G. A. Mudge, the author of “Alice in Central Park — Statues in Wonderland,” which he calls the only book about all the statues in the park.

He said the parks department website describes the figure a few feet from Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire cat as the March Hare. But the website of the Central Park Conservancy, which manages the park and raises 75 percent of its budget, states that it is the White Rabbit. As if that were not confusing enough, Mr. Mudge said the conservancy’s website also has a two-minute audio recording by Whoopi Goldberg that refers to the March Hare.

Mr. Mudge said the parks department issued a news release in 1959, just before the statue was dedicated, that said the figure was the March Hare. But he said that a brochure distributed at the ceremony identified the figure as the White Rabbit. As did The New Yorker, which said Alice was flanked by “the White Rabbit, watch in hand (he had just pulled it from his waistcoat pocket).”

Lotos Club Soiree covered on NY Gossip Gal

Lotos Club Soiree covered on NY Gossip Gal

Have a look at this really nice article on NY Gossip Gal about the soiree we had to promote Alice in Central Park.

Lovely couple Barbara and Donald Tober held an intimate soiree for G.A. Mudge, author and photographer of the books, Alice in Central Park – Statues in Wonderland and Two Alice Statues in Central Park, at The Lotos Club.

Mr. Mudge, joined by wife Sis Mudge, spoke briefly of the Alice In Wonderland statue in memory of Margarita Delacorte as members of the Delacorte family, looked on.

G.A. Mudge on New York Social Diary

G.A. Mudge on New York Social Diary

A nice mention and article on the New York Social Diary website. Have a look at

Mr. Mudge, joined by his wife Sis Mudge, dedicated the evening to the statues in our beloved Central Park. He spoke briefly of the Alice In Wonderland statue in memory of Margarita Delacorte in the presence of members of the Delacorte family. Also there was Jeffrey Spring of the Modern Art Foundry, who created the sculpture and Matthew C. Reiley, the conservation manager at the Central Park Conservancy, who keeps the statues pristine.

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