King Manor

Inside the King Manor Museum Collections

Explore the unique artifacts and stories featured in the King Manor museum’s Women’s History Month exhibition, Queens of King Manor!

  • See a mourning painting—made with hair?!
  • View a shaving kit that supposedly belonged to an officer who served with America’s favorite fighting Frenchman, the Marquis de Lafayette
  • Learn about a really old porcelain saucer that pretends to be much older than it is
  • Discover a very uncomfortable little bell
  • Get up close to the obligatory portraits of George and Martha Washington

About this Webinar:

Join us for a talk that delves into the history of the women who founded King Manor, their world, and the impact work like theirs still has on “pink collar” jobs today. We will explore how material culture aligns with issues of early feminism, preservation, domestic practices, race, and class.

The Queens of King Manor exhibition takes a critical look at the history and legacy of women in historic preservation using the King Manor museum’s founding as a case study. This early 19th-century home to antislavery Founding Father Rufus King celebrates its 120th anniversary as a public museum at the same time as the nation looks back at the passing of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote and was ratified on August 18th, 1920 –while acknowledging that these rights did not include all women. The confluence of these two historic anniversaries and recent social activism movements like #metoo or activism against voter suppression provides an incredibly unique opportunity to reach audiences and use history to make a difference today.

About Your Guide:

Executive Director Kelsey Brow fell in love with King Manor on her first visit in 2013 and started volunteering. She is beyond honored to now lead this venerable organization. Trained in the study of decorative arts and material culture at the Bard Graduate Center, Brow’s academic work focuses on the intersection of consumption and ethics with material culture and the decorative arts. She has given talks at museums, universities, and conferences across the country. She is particularly proud to have spoken at the International Council of Museums conference in Kyoto on the importance of professionalization in small museums in September 2019.

Brow is actively involved in the museum community, through volunteer work with AASLH, the conference committee of the Small Museum Association, and is the Queens Chair of the NYC branch of the Emerging Museum Professionals Network.

Attendees will receive a link to join the webinar after completing the registration.

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