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~ This Gallery celebrates Hermon Atkins MacNeil,  of the Beaux Arts School American classic sculptor of Native images and American history.  ~ World’s Fairs, statues, monuments, coins, and more… ~ Hot-links ( lower right) lead to works by Hermon A. MacNeil.   ~ Over 200 of stories & 2,000 photos form this virtual MacNeil Gallery stretching east to west  New York to New Mexico ~ Oregon to S. Carolina.   ~ 2021 marks the 155th Anniversary of Hermon MacNeil’s birth. ~~Do you WALK or DRIVE by MacNeil sculptures DAILY!   ~~ CHECK it OUT!

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Archive for October, 2022

  READ  our  review  HERE   of:

Jim Haas’ BOOK~ Hermon Atkins MacNeil: American Sculptor  In the Broad, Bright Daylight    

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Author and historian, James E. Haas has completed 

“Hermon Atkins MacNeil:

American Sculptor

In the Broad, Bright Daylight”  

Now, Seventy-Five years after the sculptor’s death,

this definitive BIOGRAPHY  is available.

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Webmaster comments:

Our “Uncle Hermon,”

(who kept his gold and silver award medals in a drawer),

would be a little embarrassed

but modestly proud.

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James E. Haas

This is Haas’ sixth book.  All his works are rooted in the history of College Point.

James Haas  grew up there in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.  He learned as a boy that the twenty-five cent pieces that made a home in his pocket, were designed by a former neighbor named Hermon A. MacNeil.

The MacNeil’s built their Studio on the northern shore of College Point in 1902. The community was an easily defined peninsula on the East River, Burrough of Queens, in New York City. 

Listening and hearing tales of the generations of residents before him, Jim’s “young boy fascination” was stirred by conversations of local people and lore.  As an adult he chose to capture those sagas into words.  Jim distilled his writings with research and collaboration about his College Point roots and history.   

Two recurring of names woven through many stories were Hermon Atkins MacNeil and Carol (“Carrie”) Brooks MacNeil.  Their involvement in the Village’s efforts supporting the Great War “piqued” an additional interest in the couples service.  Now in his sixth volume, Haas puts this pair (the husband-wife sculptor team) in focus at center stage.

The 20 plus chapters form a chronology of the life and works of Hermon and Carrie MacNeil.  The research is thorough and thoughtful.  He is a heart-felt historian of his home town roots.  His story telling is as encompassing as their global accomplishments.

Cecelia MacNeil, Hermon’s widow credited the following statement to Adolph Block:

“… all that Hermon Atkins MacNeil lacks to acquire fame is a good biographer.”

Adolph Block  should know. He too was a sculptor ~  (more) and a student of MacNeil

All that Hermon MacNeil lacked

was a Good Biographer

 

But NOW in 2022

Hermon Atkins MacNeil’s BIOGRAPHY

is  Published 

And James E. Haas is his “Good Biographer”

 

CLICK HERE

to purchase Jim Haas’ biography of

Hermon Atkins MacNeil.

 

Postscript by Webmaster:

HermonAtkinsMacNeil.com/   [ HAM ]

Until 2010 the works of Hermon MacNeil had no central “Gathering Point” in the virtual world of digitized communication.

This website was created as a convergence for searches about

Hermon MacNeil.

Since 2010 this website has cornered the market on

Color images and vignettes of the

LIVES AND WORKS of Hermon and Carol MacNeil. 

https://hermonatkinsmacneil.com/ has added to their FAME

BUT

No one CHRONOLOGICAL STORY of the MacNeils is presented here.

NOW

THIS VOLUME BY JAMES HAAS HAS CREATED A

Thorough, Painstaking, Detailed, Systematic, Telling

that this American Sculptor has needed

for the last 75 years.

SO ENJOY !

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“… all that Hermon Atkins MacNeil lacks to acquire fame is a good biographer.”

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FOR MORE BOOKS BY JIM HAAS GO TO: 

https://www.amazon.com/   And Enter a Search for:   james e. haas

 

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REMOVE   IT!

A RED “X” and scribbles mark the decision to remove this monumental piece funded a century ago by the Benjamin Franklin Ferguson Monument Fund to adorn Chicago boulevard and green-ways with historic statuary.

The Chicago Monuments Project says REMOVE   IT!

So, we have “X-ed” out the Marquette Jolliet Illini sculpture from our photo posed in 2010.

After gracing the Douglas Park neighborhood for nearly a century, this sculpture by Hermon A. MacNeil is judged to deserve the

“aXe.” 

Click here for more on CMP

 

Axeually, it may get:

  1. Removal,
  2. Storage, and possibly
  3. Lending or Donation to a private venue.

The Report of the Chicago Monuments Project reads, in part:

“Jacques Marquette-Louis Jolliet Memorial”

» The sculpture reinforces stereotypes
about American Indians and glorifies
a complicated and painful history of Western expansion. It features a cowering American Indian, following submissively in the footsteps of Marquette

Recommended Next Steps

  • »  The artwork should be placed in storage

  • »  The city should initiate a conversation with the Marshall Square community, where the artwork is located, to study options for the development of new public art at the site

  • »  Agencies may also consider the long- term loan or donation of this artwork to a private organization

    MacNeil’s depiction of Marquette has the priest with an inviting open right hand and raising a cross above his heart.

Since 1926 this work has graced the bend of Marshall Boulevard and 24th Boulevard. 

 

 

 

 

 

VISITING THE MONUMENT

While it is still standing, the monument can be reached by:

Driving south down through Douglas Park on Sacramento Blvd to Marshall Blvd as it becomes West 24th Blvd. There you can find the 1925 bronze grouping of Pere Marquette, Louis Jolliete, and an Illinois Indian that faces the greenway of the boulevard. 

The monument stands on a six-foot (6′) base with bronze groupings almost twelve feet (12′) tall.  It’s removal will not be an easy extraction

Chicagoans approaching the Monument along Marshall and 24th Avenue Boulevards are greeted by the Jesuit’s open hand.

 

 

 

FYI:  MORE Discussion~ will come!

the Webmaster

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WHAT YOU FIND HERE.

Here is ONE place to go to see sculpture of Hermon A. MacNeil & his students. Located in cities from east to west coast, found indoors and out, public and private, these creations point us toward the history and values that root Americans.

Daniel Neil Leininger ~ HAMacNeil@gmail.com
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WE DESIRE YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOS – Suggestions

1. Take digital photos of the work from all angles, including setting.
2. Take close up photos of details that you like
3. Look for MacNeil’s signature. Photograph it too! See examples above.
4. Please, include a photo of you & others beside the work.
5. Tell your story of adventure. It adds personal interest.
6. Send photos to ~ Webmaster at: HAMacNeil@gmail.com