By Al R. Young Elspeth's original oil painting is presently unavailable for viewing online because it and its copyright are exclusive to LDS Temples.
The original oil painting, entitled The Covenant of Peace and completed in 2016, was painted by the artist in the studios at BenHaven. The completed oil painting was subsequently acquired by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for use in LDS temples, and the Church also acquired all copy rights pertaining to the artwork... Read more »
By Al R. Young
As Seymore takes the first steps of his journey into the heart of Scotland, he starts to realize that he belongs to the setting and the heritage in which he finds himself. He doesn't want to leave Lanham and Virginia's tidewater, but to bring Scotland home with him—at least those things that he can use to make his own home better. Always curious about the how and why of things, Seymore continues to pursue his own questions about creativity and community. He records his thoughts about these things in his diary, but there's also plenty of travel just to be enjoyed in that playful sense in which creativity always meets new experience—not knowing how or when or whether something will ever prove useful... Read more »
By Al R. Young
novellas (updated 2017 March 22)
The following installments will appear in a third novella in this series, along with installments yet to be published in this year's issues of The Storybook Home Journal. That novella (volume 3) is scheduled for publication in the spring or summer of 2018.
The Gardens of Castle Threave, which appeared as an installment in volume 15 number 6 of The Shorybook Home Journal.
The Treasure of Lincloudon, which appeared as an installment in volume 16 number 2 of The Shorybook Home Journal... Read more »
By Al R. Young The Death Comes for the Archbishop issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - There About Us Always (5 pages)Hearth - As the Tints of Early Morning (5 pages)Kitchen - A Constantly Refined Tradition (6 pages)Garden - Excellent for Fruit (3 pages)Workshops - Softened with Time (1 page)Garret - The Song of Ishanor, part 2 (3 pages)Death Comes for the Archbishop is the 104th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »
By Al R. Young All of the documentary content of the wiki that has been available since 2009 at The BanHaven Archives Online (www.benhanvenarchives.org) will now be hosted as a sub-domain of www.alyoung.com. One of the primary objectives for this change is to facilitate ongoing management and expansibility of content.
This will be a phased transition with status announcements published in our Newsroom as each milestone is achieved. Check for ANNOUNCEMENTS at The BenHaven Archives (overview)... Read more »
By Al R. Young purpose
The BenHaven Archives is a multi-generational family repository of documents, images, audio-visual materials, and artifacts bearing primarily upon the history of the family and its members.
Digital materials published in the online holdings of the Archives serve the needs of family members, historians, genealogical researchers, as well as special interest communities for which collections in the Archives may be suited.
S. P. Young (1894-1972) assiduously kept letters, newspaper clippings, documents, photographs, and memorabilia throughout his life, and entrusted much of his collection to his son, Alfred R... Read more »
By Al R. Young announcements (updated 2017 January 20)
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purpose & history of the benhaven archives
guidelines for requests to copy or publish historical documents and other items (updated 2017 January 20)
contacting the archives (updated 2017 January 20)... Read more »
By Al R. Young
To initiate a request for permission to reproduce images of artworks created by the Artists of Al Young Studios, please read Guidelines for Requests to Copy or Publish Artworks Created by the Artists of Al Young Studios.
To initiate a request for permission to reproduce historical documents and photographs from The BenHaven Archives, as well as all other visual and verbal material published by the Artists and Writers of Al Young Studios, please email to us the following information... Read more »
By Al R. Young
The BenHaven Archives does not offer access to its papers and artifacts (except through digital copies), nor is it possible to visit or tour the Archives. The Archives is neither staffed nor housed to provide such services.
In connection with My Father's Captivity, Al Young Studios published digital copies of most of the original materials, upon which the book is based, in 2009. This was done as a public service, with the objective of providing free online access to families and descendants of prisoners of war, as well as access for students, writers, researchers, and other interested parties... Read more »
By Al R. Young The Christmas at Haworth issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - Near Christmas (4 pages)Hearth - Quite a Treasure (4 pages)Kitchen - Deep in Bread-making (5 pages)Music - Music I Love, But Never Strain (2 pages)Garden - Of Everlasting Flowers (3 pages)Workshops - In Gilt Frames (1 page)Garret - The Song of Ishanor, part 1 (4 pages)Christmas at Haworth is the 103rd issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »
By Al R. Young
In 1959, I accompanied my parents on a trip to Fort Eustis, Virginia, situated on the north shore of the James River not far from George Washington's headquarters at York Town. Like many of our family vacations, Dad combined work with pleasure to help fund the trip, which meant that much of the sightseeing took place around his work, either in the watercolor light of early morning or the soft shadows of late evening; dreamy times of day when the world either stirs to wakefulness or gathers itself to sleep... Read more »
By Al R. Young purchase novellas constituting the papers (updated 2017 March 22)
The novellas constituting this product are available for purchase directly and solely from Al Young Studios. They are not available in retail outlets. Novellas are printed on demand, and can be purchased individually or in groups in any configuration desired.
publication announcements (updated 2017 March 22)
Novellas are published as they are completed. Publication announcements appear here and on the Al Young Studios' Facebook page... Read more »
By Al R. Young
During the White Pavilion correspondence in 1796, Seymore searched through his archive for mementos of his 1761 trip to Scotland and the ensuing aerovoyage by balloon from the Firth of Clyde to the Firth of Forth. Upon finding the diary, in which he had long ago begun recording his overland travels from Kirkudbright to Ayr, he sent his daughter a transcript of it in the hope that she might not only enjoy reading it, but find important corollaries between his balloon adventures and the making and maintaining of home... Read more »
By Al R. Young Two excerpts from Seymore's own writing on the subject of home—presented in The White Pavilion correspondence—best express the primary focus of these novellas:History that is concerned only with government and war, with territory and money, with discovery and invention, is merely the history of consequences. The history of home and family is the history of causes. (Seymore Wainscott to Merrinand Woodruff, 1785 August 16)And this declaration:Home provides the consummate opportunity for expression and renewal of the soul... Read more »
By Al R. Young While the Boxwood Folios introduce The Papers of Seymore Wainscott, this novella more particularly introduces Seymore. It does so by presenting Seymore's draft biography of his father. The document is a very early and partial draft that focuses primarily upon Seymore's childhood and his own experiences resulting from his father's decision to pursue self-employment as a consulting burrower (an established guild among the lytfolc that is essentially analogous to civil engineering)... Read more »
By Al R. Young The Autumn at Haworth Parsonage issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - But there was taste everywhere (6 pages)Hearth - Drawing suits me best (4 pages)Kitchen - Her old Belgian modes (5 pages)Garden - He understands garden weel (3 pages)Workshops - Artistical lumber (2 pages)Garret - The City of the Moon (3 pages)Autumn at Haworth Parsonage is the 102nd issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »
By Al R. Young The The Mystery of Nancy Drew issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - Spic and Span (3 pages)Hearth - Clues to Nancy's Cloche (2 pages)Kitchen - Let's Have a Snack (6 pages)Garden - Larkspur Lane (5 pages)Workshops - That Looked to Be Very Old (2 pages)Bookshelf - Carolyn Keene & Co (2 pages)Garret - The Journey to Deeping Marr (3 pages)The Mystery of Nancy Drew is the 101st issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »
By Al R. Young The original oil painting There Is Help For You, by Elspeth Young, was recently purchased by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Inasmuch as all copyrights to the painting remain the property of the artist, paper prints and giclee-canvas reproductions of the painting will remain available directly and exclusively from Al Young Studios. Requests to publish or otherwise reproduce the image in any manner should also be directed to Al Young Studios.
"Among the most compelling and tragic trails of the Mormon western migration," according to Laura Allred Hurtado, global acquisitions art curator for the Church, "is that of the Willie and Martin handcart companies... Read more »
Browse a gallery of Fine Art Photography taken during June 2016.... Read more »
By Al R. Young The The Red House issue of The Storybook Home Journal is now available from Al Young Studios. This issue features these regular sections:Decorating - The Loafery (4 pages)Hearth - A Real Feeling For Line (3 pages)Kitchen - Such A Jolly Lunch (4 pages)Music - I Must Go Out On Sundays (1 page)Garden - A Moment For Gardening (6 pages)Workshops - More Books If You Like (2 pages)Garret - A Most Inspiring Day (3 pages)The Red House is the 100th issue of the Journal, published bi-monthly since November 2000... Read more »