Sheldon offers First Friday walking tour

"Abraham Lincoln," a bronze sculpture by Daniel Chester French.
"Abraham Lincoln," a bronze sculpture by Daniel Chester French.

The Sheldon Museum of Art hosts a walking tour, bike tour and gallery talk in conjunction with "A Legacy of Giving: The Anna and Frank Hall Collection." The exhibition, a celebration of the couple's contributions to Lincoln and the museum, will be on display through Sept. 16.

Historians Ed Zimmer and Jim McKee will lead a walking tour of turn-of-the-century Lincoln from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 3. The tour will begin with Brandon Ruud, Sheldon's curator of transnational American art, introducing the exhibition. Participants will then set out on a jaunt through campus and the downtown area, exploring Lincoln as it was in the Halls' day.

Zimmer will also lead the bike tour at 10 a.m. on Aug. 18. The tour will begin with an exclusive look inside the Halls' former residence and continue through the Everett and Mount Emerald neighborhoods, exploring the homes and haunts of Lincoln's leading Gilded Age citizens before ending at the Nebraska Capitol. Space is limited to 30 riders. Contact Laurie Sipple at 402-472-1170 or by email to reserve a place.

Ruud and Lindsay Andrews, a Ph.D. candidate in UNL's Department of English, will bring Frank and Anna Hall to life through an examination of their art collection during the gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 21. The talk will highlight important works collected by the Lincoln couple -- showcasing turn-of-the-20th-century artistic tastes -- as well as masterpieces purchased through their charitable trust that have helped build the foundation of Sheldon's holdings.

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— Eileen Boehmer, Sheldon Museum of Art