The family has reunited to celebrate their independence, and Mr. Smilenow is going to squeeze them all into one photograph or smother in the attempt. After everybody has looked unnaturally pleasant for a while, the camera professor, emerging from his shroud, will tell them to look pleasant, and their tired-out faces will collapse into shocking sun squints just as the camera snicks. Great-grandma is the smart one; in her mellow old wisdom she's thinking, I'll just save my gumption till he's ready, and then turn on a smile that'll make me the belle of the tintype. Let's ignore Uncle Gourmand on the stoop, and those exasperating boys, either one of whom may grow up to be President; and merely ask artist Falter: "Why isn't it raining?"
Good afternoon Falter Fans - We hope you are all having an incredible Sunday celebrating all those special Dads out there!
It has already been an incredible summer for the Falter Museum! As a member of the 2019 passport program, we have greeted over 350 visitors from 45 different Nebraska cities and towns and 7 different states!
In one week, the Nebraska Tourism's Passport Program will begin, so we are gearing up for the many visitors who will be coming to Falls City to visit the Falter Museum. Many thanks to our local volunteers who will be docents for the program this summer: Glenda Nelson, Brenda Garriott, Gail Froeschl, Doris Erickson, Patty O'Grady, Donna Landis, Liz Huettner, Cindy Bangert, Joni Milam, Barb Kelly, and Denise and Lee Kurpgeweit.
The John Philip Falter Museum has been selected for the 2019 Nebraska Passport Program!! This means that hundreds and perhaps even thousands of visitors will be coming to Falls City from May 1 to September 30, and Butch and I are very muchhoping that you will be among those visitors!
Fresh snow in the country is a scene John Falter always wanted to paint, for it seemed to him, as to John Ruskin, one of the few almost perfect sights. A snowdrift, Ruskin said, is of "inconceivable perfection and changefulness, it's surface and transparency alike exquisite, its light and shade of inexhaustible variety..." Falter felt the same way, and so did we, when he brought the painting in. Just how Falter feels today, we don't know. As this is written, the roads around Falter's home in the country are deep in freezing slush, and the streets of Philadelphia are the same. A man can't see the "inconceivable perfection" of a snowdrift half as well when the snow gets down his shoes. At the moment, we think Ruskin can have it.
“Having walked every foot of this street a thousand times, and having known every store front and owner, it was quite natural for me to want to put the old street on canvas. I went to Falls City the summer of 1946, and made a lot of sketches and photos of the street from all angles, tops of buildings, out of windows, etc. I then came back to my then Bucks Country, PA, studio, worked out my viewpoint, and set the mood as a Christmas scene. From then on the picture painted itself as my imagination went to work and I painted both sides of the street and then some! To indicate my dad’s store (lower left), I used his brother’s middle name (Weber) on the sign.”
“The scene is Grosse Isle, Canada, near Quebec on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Dawn has broken, revealing several packet ships in the harbor bearing famine ridden immigrants from Ireland. A ship at the crude dock is unloading the last of its cargo of men, women and children from its crowded hold, part of the largest immigration of ethnic people in the 19th Century.”
Mark your calendars now for Small Business Saturday, November 25th! To add to the excitement of that day, the Chamber will be offering a “Falls City Passport”. The idea is that when you shop at a local store during the holiday season, they will stamp your passport. Once your passport is full, you will turn it into the Chamber for a chance to win Chamber Bucks and other prizes! Stay tuned for more details‼
August is National Picnic Month. We thought it appropriate to share one of John's featured covers for the month of August. You can find these covers on our Facebook page! We publish them every Wednesday and they are also featured in the Falls City Journal.
June has been a busy month at the museum, especially the 24th/25th weekend when Falls City High School alumni from all over the country visited and socialized. The weekend of July 7th and 8th will bring Sacred Heart alumni to town. Lemonade Days and Smokin' on the Bricks will also be happening downtown, so we hope to see you then!
On Sunday evening, May 28, a group of enthusiastic jazz fans returned to the Harkendorff Event Center for the second---and hopefully annual---tribute to native son and renowned trumpet player, Pee Wee Erwin! Back by popular demand was the very talented quartet from Lincoln and Omaha which was led by another native son and trumpeter, Mike Brownson. These four guys had the 75 plus music lovers bouncing in their seats for over two hours to several old favorites made popular back in the big band era....
You are invited to attend our second tribute to Pee Wee Erwin on Sunday,May 28 from 6:00-10:00 PM at the Harkendorff Event Center on North Barada Street! A jazz combo from Lincoln, led by another native son and trumpet player, Mike Brownson, will be on hand to play the music that made Pee Wee famous from the '40s to the '80s. Seating is limited for the $25 per person dinner buffet, so please RSVP by May 22, 2017.
We are very excited to announce a limited edition book of John's 129 Saturday Evening Post covers! Each copy is available at a special offer to Falter Fans for a donation to the museum. We know you will have a hard time putting this unique coffee table book down, so place your order today!!!
The Falter Museum is joyfully into the holiday spirit! Santa arrived in downtown Falls City with his reindeer and sleigh on November 25, and on December 15 the Jolly Old Elf handed out candy canes, coloring books and crayons to the children who came to let him know their wishes.
As the end of summer quickly approaches, the John Philip Falter Museum is just starting to heat up. This summer has been incredible thus far and we look to continue to build off the momentum of the Passport Program into the Fall & Holiday months. In July alone, the museum greeted nearly 250 visitors from both near and far.
"Pee Wee Erwin was one of those rare people who was liked by everybody. He was a musical prodigy, unusually self-disciplined but without question an exceptionally talented boy. During his long and distinguished career as a professional trumpet player, he was in constant demand by the foremost bandleaders and conductors in radio, the movies, recordings, TV, and stage shows and was active in every phase of the music business. For the most part, music was good to him. He gave it all he had, and in return his name has to be considered among the great ones--not only as a musician, but as a fine human being."
April showers didn't interfere with our first Stone Street Art Walk!
From 5 PM-8 PM on Friday the 29th, loyal art fans, many of whom were from Stella, visited Christina's Art Gallery, the Stalder Gallery and the Falter Museum to not only view some fine art, but to also partake in some tasty refreshments.
Have a wonderful month of May and Happy Mother's Day!
Have a wonderful month of May and Happy Mother's Day!!
The first and most obvious is the change in format for our monthly newsletter. This is a holistic change we have made to our website. We hope it continues to be an honorable tribute to John and his works.
May 1st has become an unofficial holiday of sorts for the museum. Last year, after months of hard work, planning & strong community efforts, the museum opened its doors to the public.