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eisenhower christmas family portrait

eisenhowersNot many of us can say one of our parents has had their art displayed at the White House. But East Boothbay resident and artist Barbie Fischer Eldred, and her brother, York Fischer of Sawyer’s Island, can. Both of their parents were sculptors, but it was their mother, Hanna Weil Fischer-Binder, whose carved crèche figures were given to President Dwight D. Eisenhower and family in 1954. Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn commissioned Fischer-Binder in 1954 to carve the crèche as a gift for their friends, the Eisenhowers. Pitcairn had discovered Fischer-Binder’s art in 1948 at the Art Alliance in Philadelphia. In 1957, Pitcairn commissioned her to carve more figures for the first family. In total, Fischer-Binder crafted 14 figures — the infant Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the three Wise Men, The Angel of the Lord, six shepherds and a shepherd boy. (read more about Christmas with the Eisenhowers at the Wiscasset Newspaper)

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