WELCOME to the “Hermon A. MacNeil” — Virtual Gallery & Museum !

~ This Gallery celebrates Hermon Atkins MacNeil, American sculptor of the Beaux Arts School. MacNeil led a generation of sculptors in capturing many fading Native American images and American history in the realism of this classic style.

~ World’s Fairs, statues, public monuments, coins, and buildings across to country. Hot-links (on the lower right) lead to photos & info of works by MacNeil.

~ Hundreds of stories and photos posted here form this virtual MacNeil Gallery of works all across the U.S.A.  New York to New Mexico — Oregon to South Carolina.

~ 2016 marked the 150th Anniversary of Hermon MacNeil’s birth on February 27,

Take a Virtual Journey

This website seeks to transport you through miles and years with a few quick clicks of a mouse or keyboard or finger swipes on an iPad.

Perhaps you walk or drive by one of MacNeil's many sculptures daily. Here you can gain awareness of this artist and his works.

For over one hundred years his sculptures have graced our parks, boulevards, and parkways; buildings, memorials, and gardens; campuses, capitols, and civic centers; museums, coinage, and private collections.

Maybe there are some near you!

Archive for North Carolina

MacNeil_BaraFor more of Clan MacNeil Association of America and CELTIC LIFE INTERNATIONAL = CLICK HERE 

A little-known fact was discovered by a friend of this website. Hermon Atkins MacNeil served as the 1st president of the Clan MacNeil Association of America.

Jim Haas, author and College point researcher, sent a 1928 article from the Brooklyn Daily Star documenting the story. [ Brooklyn Daily Star ~ Tuesday Evening ~ May 22, 1928, Page 16, Column 1. (Image below Courtesy of Jim Haas.)]

Brooklyn Daily Star ~ May 22, 1928, page

Brooklyn Daily Star ~ Tuesday Evening ~ May 22, 1928, Page 16, Column 1.  (Image Courtesy of Jim Haas).

The “MacNeil” Clans in America are a journey in history. The MacNeil Clan’s began arriving in the America before Revolutionary times.

Neil MacNeil first landed in Cape Fear River settlement in 1735. He brought 350 followers with him leaving their home land on the island of Barra in the Hebides. Most were clan members. Several more shiploads of Scots were to follow under Neil MacNeil’s leadership.

Check this Link to “Clan MacNeil” website and a list of over 100 ‘septs’ (variations or of the name “MacNeil” within the clan).

The news article (inserted at right) tells of a 1928 unveiling and dedication of a bronze plaque designed by MacNeil and placed on the campus of Flora MacDonald College in Red Springs, NC. In 1958 that college merged with St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC to become St. Andrews Collalso toldege and in 2010 the name was changed to St. Andrews University.

Flora MacDonald Academy (a K-12 private preparatory school) remains in Red Springs. Presumably, the MacNeil Memorial plaque placed on a granite boulder remains there on that campus and garden. CLICK HERE for a history of both schools.

A visit in May 2012 to Laurinburg found St. Andrews University on a beautiful 800 acre barrier free campus. (Photos coming in later posting) Appropriately, this area is in “Scotland” County. The Scottish Heritage Center resides in it’s own building on campus. Passed the center a massive sculpture of “The Scot” greets visitors. Clearly, the area marks the territory of a proud people. Clan MacNeil Association of America claims a proud history both in Scotland and the Americas.

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Clan MacNeil Association of America

CLICK HERE for CELTIC LIFE INTERNATIONAL 

CLICK HERE for more on Jim Haas. (author and College point researcher)

WHAT YOU FIND HERE.

Nearby or far away, there is no ONE place to go and appreciate this wide range of art pieces. Located in cities from east to west coast, found indoors and out, public and hidden, these creations point us toward the history and values in which our lives as Americans have taken root.

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WE DESIRE YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOS – Suggestions

1. Take digital photos of the entire work from several angles, including the surroundings.
2. Take close up photos of details that capture your imagination.
3. Look for MacNeil’s signature, often on bronze works. Photograph it too! See examples above.
4. Please, include a photo of yourself and/or those with you standing beside the work.
5. Add your comments or a blog of your adventure. It adds personal interest for viewers.
6. Send photos to HAMacNeil@gmail.com Contact me there with any questions. ~~ Webmaster