The "Alice in Wonderland Room" Project
"The Alice Room" is artwork consisting of a room and its seventeen painted wall panels executed in 1932 by Alfred T. Merian. The art depicts scenes from the iconic children’s book "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," published by Lewis Carroll in 1865.
This timeless book has remained a children’s favorite for more than 150 years, has never been out of print, and has been translated into over 230 languages. Merian painted the art in the style of the book's original illustrator, Sir John Tenniel.
The entirety of the art is being moved from its original home in a private Wayne residence owned by centenarian Grace Burleigh to a newly constructed replica room inside the historic carriage barn at the Williams House located on the Cary Memorial Library campus in Wayne, Maine.
The Mad Hatters Committee Takes On Saving "The Alice Room"
"The Mad Hatters Committee" formed in late 2018 to save this remarkable art treasure. It all began when Wayne, Maine home-owner and centenarian Grace Burleigh and her family generously donated "The Alice Room" to the wider community.
The Mad Hatters group has raised over $80,000 toward the project budget of $99,000.
Featured in photo: Grace Burleigh, donor and Ron Harvey, conservator.
Removal & Restoration of the Art
The painted wall panels inside The Alice Room were dismantled in the winter of 2019. Currently, the tempera-painted images on gypsum board have begun to be repaired and restored by two of Maine’s top art conservators.
Renovation of The Williams House Barn
ALICE IN WONDERLAND ROOM/Williams House CARRIAGE BARN RENOVATION UPDATE
August 2019 progress includes ordering the heat pump, completion of electrical upgrades and service needs, and most excitingly the framing of the walls for The Alice Room construction!
Community Education & Outreach
A public colloquium titled "Conversations with Alice" was held at the Cary Memorial Library Williams House on Sunday, September 22, 2019 in Wayne Maine.
You can watch the presentations on the links below.
Art is Re-Installed at the Cary Memorial Library Williams House
August 2020: Restoration of the art is complete and the panels are being re-installed in the specially build room at the Williams House (Cary Memorial Library Building.)
Videos from the public colloquium titled "Conversations with Alice" held at the
Wayne Cary Memorial Library's Williams House on Sunday, September 22, 2019.
The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland in Wayne, Maine Book
Author Dr. Jann Haynes Gilmore
In this presentation Dr. Gilmore discusses how she discovered the depth of scholarship and the interdisciplinary nature of Lewis Carroll's iconic 1865 book and the interest it has spawned over more than 150 years. The uniqueness of this historical and cultural resource is unparalleled for a small Maine town.
Conserving & Restoring the Wall Paintings from "The Alice Room" in Wayne Maine
Conservators, Nina Roth-Wells and Ronald Harvey
The Mathematics of Alice
Presentation by Bob Bandy
This eloquent presentation covered a little known history of the author Lewis Carroll, AKA Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, that he was also a scholar and mathematician. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass contain many references to mathematical problem solving.
The Alice Room Wayne Maine Project Discussion
Presentation by Doug Stevenson
Doug Stevenson recaps the background and progress to date in Alice's journey from a private residence to the Library campus.
Conserving, restoring and installing the Alice Room to a new location in the Cary Memorial Library's historic Williams House Carriage Barn is on target to reach its fundraising goal of $99,000.
The Book: The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland in Wayne, Maine
Make a Donation
The Mad Hatters group has raised over $80,000 toward the project goal of $99,000.
We welcome you to join our efforts to raise the final dollars for the completion of The Alice Room.
Donations by check may be made to:
" The Wayne Library Association", memo: The Alice Project
and sent to Cary Memorial Library, P O Box 127, Wayne, Maine 04284