Written by Ina Bort
Our last post explored the biography of Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, the doyenne-turned-activist we believe commissioned this plate’s manufacture. Today we explore the first of two likely scenarios where this and similar plates may have been used: The suffrage conferences Alva organized at Marble House, her Newport estate, in 1909 and 1914.
Ever conscious of her new role as suffrage publicist, Alva identified Marble House as the ideal venue for the late August 1909...Read More
Have you ever wanted to ask Ben Franklin about his infamous kite experiment? Or his time as the first United States Ambassador to France? Or maybe just how to play a good game of chess? The real founding father may be gone, but you might forget that while speaking to Jack Sherry, an American History teacher at Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, NJ who doubles as a Benjamin Franklin re-enactor. On July 4th Sherry will be...Read More
Our current exhibition Audubon's Aviary: Part 1 of the Complete Flock is now open, and everyone is loving the collection of original watercolors displayed throughout the second floor. But did you know that the exhibition also features some lesser-known Auduboniana?
One of our favorites is this Meiji Period (approximately 1868-1912) woodcut depicting John James Audubon. Audubon was very popular in Japan, a country with a long history of depicting nature and wildlife in art. In Audubon's Ornithological...Read More
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