Just in Time for the Cold Winter – Community Members Team up to Knit Artemus a Scarf!

Nearly 25 feet long and knitted by 25 community member in 25 days, Artemus, the buffalo bursting through the façade of The Rockwell Museum, will keep warm this winter with a new hand-knit scarf! Local knitters at Wooly Minded on Market Street knitted Artemus a red-and-green scarf to wear during the bitter winter months. 

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Knitters from the community were invited to help knit and crochet the scarf, which took over 6,500 yards of yarn to complete!

Artemus’ scarf is two-feet wide and 25 feet long to accommodate his 60 inch neck.

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For nearly 14 years, the façade of The Rockwell Museum building has been home to a bison named “Artemus.”  In 1999, Tom Gardner – a well known artist – received a $5,000 grant from The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes in order to create a fiberglass sculpture for placement on the exterior of The Rockwell.   Funding for the project was provided by The New York State Council on the Arts, which supported the design and fabrication of this whimsical creation — a bison bursting through the façade of the Museum building. 

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Lock, Stock and Barrel

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Over the past 4 decades, Bobby has amassed an impressive collection of over 800 historic firearms.

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The Rockwell Museum is proud to display an important selection of historic long arms and handguns from the Robert F. “Bobby” Rockwell, III collection.

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His fascination began more than 40 years ago when he began firing antique firearms in shooting competitions. By using these antique firearms, he came to learn about the technology, craftsmanship, and history behind each gun. Bobby has purchased firearms throughout the United States, including from many individuals in New York, Pennsylvania, and New England, various auctions and estate sales, and even from the Apache Reservation in Arizona.

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This inaugural display celebrates Bobby as a collector by featuring a broad selection of long arms and handguns ranging from the American Colonial period (1760s-1790s) to World War I (1914-1918). In the coming years, the Rockwell Museum will explore more of Bobby’s historic firearms through various displays drawn from his one-of-a-kind collection.

The firearms on display explore two and a half centuries of innovation in technology. From flint-lock Colonial-era muskets to classic Kentucky rifles to the Colt revolvers, the technological revolution in firearms came to a peak during Western Expansion period (1860s-1890s). Most settlers relied on firearms for something – food, defense, sport – and thus rifles and handguns became important tools of Westward expansion. The two firearms commonly cited as “the gun that won the West”, the Winchester Model 1873 Rifle and the Colt Single Action Army Model Revolver, are both on view. The Winchester, a slow but effective, dependable rifle, was used early on by General Custer’s troopers at Battle of the Little Bighorn (Battle of the Greasy Grass), and saw continuous military use until the 1898 Spanish-American War in Cuba.  The Colt revolver, the first practical revolving firearm capable of firing more than one shot without having to be reloaded, became an invaluable sidearm for people living on the frontier. From the American Revolution to the Hollywood cowboy, these historic firearms help tell the story of America.