Sharing from Cleveland.com a story and short video about the “Spirit of ’76” Museum located in historic downtown Wellington, Lorain County, Ohio.
It is personally heartwarming to read new articles written about this small but floor-to-ceiling, history-filled, southern Lorain County museum that largely focuses its collection on the life and art of native Ohioan, Archibald McNeal Willard, whose “Spirit of ’76” painting brought this once obscure artist noteworthy fame from near and far alike at the time of its public unveiling in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia that has endured into the 21st Century.
In 1999, I was asked by the Fayette County (Ohio) Genealogical Society to compile an account, a short biographical story, about Archibald M. Willard, who was at one point the mystery artist of the large murals inside the court house in Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio. One of the first places I visited was the “Spirit of ’76” Museum in Wellington. I highly recommend it to be your starting point as well if you wish to learn more about Archibald M. Willard and the artistic legacy he left us to admire and enjoy today. Thanking all who have preserved his works!