Cooper-Hewitt Museum Publishes New Blog Series

. January 23, 2014

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum announced a new monthly blog series detailing the story of the Hewitt sisters, Amelia, Sarah, Eleanor, and their family. Co-authored by Margery Masinter, Cooper-Hewitt trustee, and Sue Shutte, historian at Ringwood Manor House Museum in Ringwood, N.J., the blog explores women’s education, design for American industry, life in the Gilded Age, fashion, travel and the early days of the Cooper Union Museum for the Arts of Decoration.

Segments of the blog will include:

Introduction of the Cooper and Hewitt families
Childhood of the Hewitt sisters
Formative years of the Hewitt sisters
The Hewitts in the Gilded Age
Life at Ringwood Manor
Travels to Europe, before World War I
Planning the Cooper Union Museum for the Decorative Arts
Establishment of Cooper Union Museum
Travel and collecting for the museum in the 1920s
What is a “Modern Museum”?
The later years of the Hewitt sisters
Contemporaries and women designers
The legacy of the Hewitt sisters

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