Telling Her Story: New Acquisitions

FEBRUARY 8-JUNE 7, 2020

In honor of the one hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, this exhibition highlights women’s lives in New York's upper Hudson Valley and Capital Region. The objects chosen were drawn exclusively from those acquired by the Albany Institute over the past five years for inclusion in the museum's permanent collection.

In this exhibition, you will learn about the perils of living in rural upstate New York during the American Revolution as recorded in the poems of Ann Eliza Bleecker. You will page through the scrapbooks compiled by Clara Harris Rathbone who was a guest of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre, and in their theater box with her husband, the night Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. Clara pasted mementoes of that horrific night into her scrapbook. You will peek into the wardrobe and library of Athena Lord, an author, community activist, and mother whose parents settled in the Capital Region from Greece. From schoolgirl uniforms to art by contemporary women artists, this exhibition will showcase objects recently acquired by the museum that help illustrate the many contributions and accomplishments of women in our region from the eighteenth-century to the twenty-first century.

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Clara Harris Rathbone (1834-1883), by John Goldin, Washington, D.C., c.1865, AIHA Purchase and Partial Gift of the Estate of the great-granddaughter of Clara Harris Rathbone, Bettina Rathbone Hartley Tierney and her children, by Philip Tierney