Mission of the Arden Craft Shop Museum
The mission of the Arden Craft Shop Museum is to collect and exhibit materials and artifacts related to the Ardens, which include the towns of Arden, Ardentown, and Ardencroft. The Arden Craft Shop Museum seeks to educate the community on the Ardens’ history as single-tax communities in addition to how the roles of theater, craftsmanship, art, and other aspects of life have affected the development of the Ardens as a close-knit community.
About the Ardens
The three Ardens, consisting of Arden, Ardentown and Ardencroft, are Single Tax and Arts & Crafts communities. “Single Tax” was an economic theory proposed by Henry George, an American economist and philosopher in the late nineteenth-century. George felt that a land value tax was the most fair and equitable tax and felt that any income tax was unfair by nature. The Ardens also were founded on the ideals of William Morris, as an “Arts and Crafts” community. The Arts & Crafts movement was a reaction against the industrial revolution and valued hand-crafted goods and the incorporation of individualistic design.
Arden, the first community, was founded in 1900 by sculptor Frank Stephens and architect Will Price after an unsuccessful campaign to have all of Delaware switch to the Single Tax. Ardentown would founded in 1922, and Ardencroft in 1950. The Ardens continue to use the Single Tax and to serve as an artist community and have many examples of American Arts & Crafts architecture. Click here to visit the official page of the Village of Arden for more information on the Ardens.
*This website is maintained by the Arden Craft Shop Museum Curator, Kelsey Ransick. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t had a chance to stop by the museum lately, have no fear! The Arden Craft Shop Museum will have a booth at the annual Arden Holiday Shop on Sunday, December 1 at the Gild Hall. Stop by to pick up our new line of Louise Roberts holiday cards, Arden bumper stickers, and t-shirts that are featured in our current exhibition, Dressed to the Nines: The T-Shirts of the Arden Fair.* We look forward to seeing you there!
*Select sizes and styles only. For more choices, come visit us at the museum Wednesdays from 7:30 – 9:00 pm or Sundays 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
The Arden Craft Shop Museum would like to thank everyone who made it out to the opening of our ninth anniversary exhibit, Dressed to the Nines: The T-Shirts of the Arden Fair this past Sunday! The crowd was excited and really seemed to enjoy reminiscing about their experiences at past Arden Fairs. Many of our visitors even became part of the exhibit by wearing their favorite Arden Fair t-shirts!
The exhibit will be up until next year, so feel free to stop by during our Wednesday 7:30-9:00 pm or Sunday 1:00-3:00 pm hours. We will also be selling old Arden Fair t-shirts, bags, and aprons for $10 each in cooperation with the Arden Club. Proceeds benefit both the Club and the ACSM. We hope to see you soon!
The Arden Craft Shop Museum is proud to announce its ninth anniversary exhibit, Dressed to the Nines: The T-Shirts of the Arden Fair. This exhibit will celebrate local artists, the traditions of the Arden Fair, and the genre of wearable art.
However, we need your help to put this exhibit together. The ACSM has many of the 35+ Arden Fair t-shirts in our collection or on loan, but we are also missing a number of years. If you have shirts from any of the years listed below and you would like to donate or loan them to us for the duration of the exhibit, we would be thrilled.
Years we are missing:
If you would like to arrange a donation or loan, please email email@example.com or call 302.475.3060.
Furthermore, if you have any information on when the tradition of the Arden Fair t-shirts began, we’d love to hear what you know. If you are an artist of any of the Arden Fair t-shirts and are willing to share original artwork, artist statements, or other information about your design, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302.475.3060.
Please note: the ACSM will only be accepting donations of t-shirts that we do not already have in our collection. With our limited storage space, we have to be careful what we accept, and we appreciate your understanding in this matter.