S.T. Haggerty, Author

S.T. Haggerty’s book, NORMAN ROCKWELLS MODELS, In and Out of the Studio, was published by Rowman and Littlefield on Feb. 15, 2023.

The popular book has received many enthusiastic reviews from media like USA Today; Publisher’s Weekly; US Book Reviews; Midwest Book Reviews; New York Weekly and The Berkshire Eagle. Haggerty has been interviewed on such podcasts as the NPR Roundtable with Joe Donahue, iheart Radio’s Frankie Boyer Show, and The Historian’s Podcast.

S.T. Haggerty
Blackstone Audiobook read by Grover Gardner, named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” by Audiofile magazine.
Also named a Publisher’s Weekly Magazine Narrator of the Year

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In 1940, America’s favorite illustrator Norman Rockwell, his wife Mary and their three sons moved to the picturesque rural village of West Arlington, Vermont. The artist discovered a treasure trove of models. Norman Rockwell’s Models: In and out of the Studio is the first to detail these models’ lives, friendships with the artist, and experiences in his studio. Dressed in quaint work clothing, the models were dairy farmers, carpenters, country doctors, soldiers, and mechanics. Norman Rockwell’s Models features non-fiction narratives telling the story of these folks during an era when they helped the war effort, farmed with horses, and received home visits from doctors. The book also describes the challenges the models faced in their own lives and how these affected their expressions in the paintings. For example, in several 1945 masterpieces, the jubilance Americans felt after the close of the second word war is revealed in their faces. Upon meeting people, young or old, the artist would say, “Call Me Norman.” Rockwell learned the models’ roles in the community and their personalities, which fostered genuine paintings. He strove, for example, to find real-life soldiers to model as WWII heroes and spirited boys and girls for lively paintings.

In the studio, Norman was charming and polite, but painstaking. He demonstrated poses and did whatever was necessary to evoke his trademark expressions, including telling stories of his own life, sometimes laughing or crying. Spending entire summers at his family’s farmhouse near West Arlington, Vermont, the author, S.T. Haggerty, grew up knowing many models, including those who posed for such iconic works as Freedom of Speech, Breaking Home Ties, and Girl at the Mirror. Along with models and their families, the author hayed the scenic fields in the Batten Kill River Valley and swam under the red covered bridge on the Village Green. This experiences give him a unique perspective for telling this story.

About The Upcoming Book

NORMAN ROCKWELL’S MODELS,In and Out of the Studio












Did you know that America’s great illustrator Norman Rockwell created his most iconic paintings, such as The Four Freedoms in Vermont? The originals from that era are so much the rage that Star Wars creator George Lucas recently paid $46 million for a 1951 Thanksgiving painting, Saying Grace. Call Me Norman is based on extensive interviews by S.T. Haggerty, who grew up with the models, haying, dancing, and swimming under a covered bridge in the bucolic village of West Arlington, Vermont. In this unique book, he relates the fascinating stories of the legendary artist, the model’s lively, charming friend who joined in social activities and was always on the lookout for his next models. In the studio, he did not cease coaxing them until they gave him the perfect expression.


“Norman Rockwell’s Models captures intimate details of the artist’s relationships with his models and the environment in which he created his most powerful and beloved images. The first-hand anecdotes from his children, neighbors, friends and colleagues shed a new light on his career. A must read for anyone who is a fan of Norman Rockwell and illustration art.” Judy Goffman Cutler, Director and co-founder of the National Museum of American Illustration.

“This is a wonderful project.” Thomas Rockwell, model for his father Norman Rockwell and co-author of bestseller Norman Rockwell, My Adventures as an Illustrator and author of bestseller, “How to Eat Fried Worms.”

“You’ve got to read these stories!” Jarvis Rockwell, a model for his father Norman Rockwell, and fine artist.

“Four generations of my family and many friends posed for Norman Rockwell when he lived next door to us. Haggerty’s detailed portraits of his models are unique, authentic, and highly entertaining. This is the way Norman was.” James A. “Buddy” Edgerton, co-author of The Unknown Rockwell, A Portrait of Two American Families.


Some of Norman’s Vermont Models

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From The Blog

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The Reviews Are Pouring In!

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Publisher’s Weekly Review: Norman Rockwell’s Models: In and Out of the Studio

Poet and former editor Haggerty dives deep into the work of Norman Rockwell in this illuminating survey, his debut. Uncovering “the backstories of the friends and neighbors who posed for Rockwell in the quaint, rural village of West Arlington, Vermont,” Haggerty, who spent summers in West Arlington from the age of three, uses his familiarity […]

Northeast Public Radio Interview with Joe Donahue

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