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Maryhill Museum announces virtual free tour


The Maryhill Museum of Art announces an RSVP-only special virtual free tour of the museum with veteran journalist Steve Wiegand.

You can sign up for the free tour at:

His new book on Maryhill, The Dancer, the Dreamers, and the Queen of Romania: How an Unlikely Quartet Created America’s Most Improbable Art Museum is described by Kirkus Reviews as the “tale of a museum with an unlikely history—and collection . . . A treat for fans of off-the-beaten-track places as well as odd corners of art history.”

Wiegand takes you on a mini-tour of the museum in photos and history, a museum born from the vision of dreamers, the pockets of eccentric millionaires, and the charisma of a real-life queen.

On the 80th anniversary of Maryhill’s opening, you’re treated to one of America’s greatest back-stories.

Meet Sam Hill, who spent millions building great things he hoped would make him great as well. Meet Loie Fuller, a pudgy girl from Illinois who became the most famous dancer in the world. Say hello to Alma Spreckels, who used her voluptuous good looks to snare a fabulously rich husband.

Rounding out the quartet is Queen Marie of Romania, the granddaughter of both Queen Victoria of Great Britain and Emperor Alexander II of Russia, and by her own estimation “the most beautiful monarch in the world.”

Their creation, Maryhill Museum of Art in Washington State, arose from broken dreams, seemingly interminable setbacks, and a yearning to “do something good for people”—and also set their legacies in stone for a thousand years.

You don’t have to be an artist or art patron, or have a deep interest in museums or history, to be swept up in the romance of Wiegand’s powerful and suspenseful The Dancer, the Dreamers, and the Queen of Romania.

An award-winning journalist, Steve Wiegand spent thirty-five years at California’s leading newspapers. He is the author or co-author of The Mental Floss History of the World, Papers of Permanence, and three popular books on U.S. history, including U.S. History for Dummies, now in its fourth edition.


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