Updated COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Public Statement

Thursday, March 19, 2020



As of Thursday, March 19, the museum will be closed for tours and programs. Over the coming weeks, we will stay apprised of COVID-19 recommendations and will re-open when we are confident we can provide a safe and healthy environment for all.


In the meantime, our peaceful 30-acre property will remain open from sunrise to sunset. We invite you to visit, take a walk and take respite in Gustav Stickley's peaceful "Garden of Eden."


The museum's administrative office began operating remotely on Monday, March 16. While the office will not be staffed onsite, we will strive to maintain normal operations. Our staff will regularly retrieve phone messages and regular mail, but we encourage you to contact us by email at info@stickleymuseum.org. You also can stay connected, and enjoy our Craftsman content, by following the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms on Facebook and Instagram.


We look forward to the day we will open the doors of the Log House to the public again. Like the rest of the world, we face uncertain times and expect challenges ahead. We are exceedingly grateful for Stickley fans and a supportive worldwide Arts and Crafts community. We will need all of you to weather this storm.


With heartfelt sincerity, we extend our best wishes to all of you for good health, both physically and mentally. As we are all spending more time at home right now, in the words of Dora Greenwell hammered into one of the Log House fireplace hearths: we wish you all...


"A world of strife shut out,

A world of love shut in."


Warm regards,


Vonda Givens

Executive Director


March 11, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 





As news about COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to unfold, I'm writing on behalf of the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms to communicate our efforts to address this complex situation and to express our concern for the health of our visitors, volunteers and staff. We are privileged to share the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms with visitors from far and near, and we will strive to provide a safe and healthy environment for all.


The museum and its administrative offices are currently maintaining regular operations. Previously scheduled programs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Postponement and cancellation alerts will be circulated as needed.



To assist with nationwide efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask staff, volunteers and visitors who are sick to stay home. We will ensure that hand washing supplies are available and will regularly disinfect frequently touched surfaces.



The museum will stay apprised of evolving recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Alliance of Museums and local government and public health agencies related to the prevention and spread of COVID-19 and will share any necessary updates.



As always, we hope that this peaceful property will be a source of pleasure and respite for visitors, and we look forward to seeing you at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms.



Thank you,



Vonda Givens


Executive Director



January 15, 2020

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms Welcomes Director of Collections and Preservation



The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is delighted to welcome Jonathan Clancy as its new Director of Collections and Preservation. In this newly created position, Clancy will guide the development, conservation and care of the museum’s administrative, library and permanent collections. He will oversee exhibition activities, including curation of the museum’s 2020 exhibition highlighting new research on Gustav Stickley’s early factory, and manage preservation projects across the Museum’s campus.


A 30-acre National Historic Landmark and historic house museum in Parsippany, New Jersey, the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms was the early 20th century country estate of Gustav Stickley. A designer, publisher and leader of the American Arts and Crafts movement, Stickley established a home-furnishings empire around the movement’s aesthetic and is still known today for the Craftsman style which he popularized. Stickley developed Craftsman Farms to be an embodiment of the movement’s ideals. Rescued from private development in 1989, the property is owned by the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills and operated by the nonprofit Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019.


In recent months, Clancy has served as a collections consultant to the museum, and in that capacity, steered the development of the new Stickley Museum Library, which will open in 2020 and encompass the museum’s collection of rare and reference books, magazine and catalogs. Clancy played an instrumental role in establishing the museum’s Scholars Symposium, now in its 10th year, and co-curated an exhibition of original furnishings to mark the 100th anniversary of Gustav Stickley’s sale of Craftsman Farms in 2017.


“Jonathan Clancy has been a longtime friend to the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms,” said Executive Director Vonda Givens. “Through his guidance and expertise, the museum has originated groundbreaking programs and important exhibitions and will soon open a new research library. Dynamic leadership is vital in guiding the museum in its 31st year—a new era. We are thrilled to have him join us as the Director of Collections and Preservation.”



Jonathan Clancy is an author, educator, and curator who received his doctorate in art history in 2008 from the Graduate Center. Formerly Director of the MA in American Fine and Decorative Arts program at Sotheby’s, he left in 2017 to form an advisory group. As an independent consultant, he has worked with private clients and institutions on collection management, exhibition planning, label writing and research, and valuation.


His publications include Beauty in Common Things: American Art and Crafts Pottery from the Two Red Roses Foundation (with Martin Eidelberg), Arts and Crafts Metalwork from the Collection of the Two Red Roses Foundation, as well as contributions to Frans Wildenhain 1950-75: Creative and Commercial American Ceramics at Mid-Century, and Jason Jacques Gallery 30 for 30: Thirty Years on the Hunt. His articles have appeared in numerous journals including The Journal of Modern Craft, The Journal of Design History, and American Art among others.

07 August 2020



Covid-19 and Extension of Temporary Closure

June 16, 2020

The museum and its grounds will remain temporarily closed as work continues on the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms' new Education Center. In the coming weeks, please watch for more news about this ongoing project and COVID-19 updates.


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