A descendant of American painter Juian Alden Weir recently helped Weir Farm commemorate its 25th anniversary as a national historic site by donating two pieces of art to the National Park Service. This follows a major renovation last year that resulted in the site welcoming more visitors.Charlie Burlingham, grandson of the American Impressionist painter, and president of the Weir Farm Art Center, donated his grandfather\u2019s works last Thursday, May 28. The oil-on-canvas paintings are Landscape with Steeple, Windham (c. 1892) and The Truants, also known as The Old Rock (c. 1885).According to park superintendent Linda Cook, the responsibility of the Weir Fart Art Center is to collect pieces of art and give them to the National Park Service so they can be well preserved.The first painting will be hung in the Weir House dining room until October and The Truants will be placed with the rest of the museum collection not yet on display. It will eventually, though, be displayed in the Weir House.\u201cIt has been a great pleasure to have owned this work for the past few months,\u201d said Burlingham. \u201cBut the time has come to surrender it to the National Park Service.\u201d In addition to those two pieces, the center donated a number of smaller historical pieces \u2014 by Robert Walter Weir, Mahonri Young and Weir himself \u2014 and contemporary paintings from past artists-in-residence. These may be viewed in the Weir House visitor center as a part of the exhibition \u201cArtists on Site.\u201dCharlie Janson, an art center board member, was also in attendance at the donation last week.\u201cWhere else can you get such a sense of history?\u201d he asked. \u201cThis wouldn\u2019t exist without a lot of many people\u2019s hard work and dedication over the past quarter-century.\u201dBurlingham never had the opportunity to meet his grandfather, for he died 10 years before Burlingham\u2019s birth. Even still, he has made a point to learn about him through ancestral studies.\u201cPeople loved him. They couldn\u2019t wait to sit down with him and talk to him,\u201d Burlingham said. \u201cHe supported his fellow artists.\u201dIn fact, Burlingham has managed to trace his genealogy to as far back as the birth of the colonies in North America.\u201cI have an embarrassing number of relatives who were on the Mayflower,\u201d he said. \u201cI just don\u2019t like to brag about them because they were horrible. They maltreated the native Americans and stole their land.\u201dHe currently lives in Cambridge, Mass., but Burlingham maintains his connection to Wilton through frequent visits to the art center. He often enjoys coming to continue his work on the historical archives.\u201cThis is a continuation of the spirit of this place, which is creativity,\u201d he said. \u201cWe encourage people to come sit in the field and paint. The National Park Service even provides paint and brushes.\u201dWhile he is no self-proclaimed artist, Burlingham admitted that he does paint on a casual basis. His hope in donating these two pieces, he said, is that \u201cpeople might come to understand the nature of landscape art.\u201d\u201cThis place, more than any other, is where the pieces of Weir and his contemporaries belong.\u201dInformation: nps.gov\/wefa.