Traditions Then and Now
The museum will showcase the history of the horse in sport to every visitor. This new gallery will convey universal themes such as tradition, community, sportsmanship, skill, sacrifice, practice, and competition. The gallery and related collections will first provide an overview of polo, three- day eventing, fox hunting, dressage, and combined driving, with contemplated rotations in subsequent years that emphasize individual sports during that sport’s specific season. Future efforts to broaden the experience include horse racing and more.
The local history of open land, agriculture, and the parallel use of the horse for transportation and work will be explored, for example, through the Wenham Lake ice industry. This gallery will provide a platform to foster interest in these sports today and emphasize the importance of open land preservation and environmental protection as traditions important to all.