Monday, August 17, 2009

Road Trip!

Adventures in Americana: Fall Day Trips with the Emmet O'Neal Library

Join us for the most fun you'll have this fall! This series of tours will take us to various premiere museums, galleries and destinations celebrating our early American heritage. Tours include the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art, the Birmingham Museum of Art to view "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Galleries", the Karl C. Harrison Museum of George Washington in Columbiana, and Montevallo's American Village!

Our series kicks off with a day trip to Tuscaloosa on Tuesday September 15th! We will tour the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art. The museum, nestled in a wooded knoll overlooking Lake Tuscaloosa near the picturesque North River Yacht Club, features one of the most significant assemblages of American art to be found anywhere. Among the exhibits are hundreds of paintings, sculptures, artifacts and antiques by world-renowned artists. After viewing the museum, we'll enjoy a delicious lunch at the North River Yacht Club then receive a personal tour of Jack Warner's home and gardens.

Jonathan “Jack” Westervelt Warner is one of the premiere collectors of American Art in the world today. As the third generation CEO of his family company, Gulf States Paper Corporation, Jack began the collection in the 1950’s with his first Audubon prints. Over 400 masterpieces in paintings, furniture, sculptures and decorative arts from the late 1700’s to the early 1900’s attest to his discerning eye for quality. A veteran of WWII and an expert horseman, Jack’s collection expresses his passion for life and his passion for America. (from

The all-inclusive price for this first tour of the season is $76 per person. This price includes transportation, admission to all attractions, lunch, tax, and gratuity. Call today (205/445-1121) and ask for a brochure to be mailed or drop by the library and pickup a registration form!

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