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The SHWHM is delighted to announce the opening of its new exhibit “Her Story: A Celebration of Notable Sag Harbor Women, 1800-1970.” History tends to be shared through the recorded lives of men. Deeds, financial transactions and records from legal proceedings are the kinds of documents that typically tell the stories of American lives. Often absent from those documents is any mention of women, whose place has traditionally been tending hearth and home. But the women of Sag Harbor are not to be so easily dismissed, and they have left their mark in unique ways. “Her Story” celebrates some notable Sag Harbor women who, in the 19th and 20th centuries, left their mark behind in one way or another - through literature, music, social activism, journalism, art and yes, even the more quiet and hidden ways of traditional women’s work. Some of the women featured in the exhibit are Annie Cooper Boyd (artist); Betty Freidan (author and feminist); Vicky Gardner (newspaperwoman); Amaza Lee Meredith & Maude Terry (Community Developers); Mrs. Russell Sage (philanthropist); Daisy Tapley (opera singer) and Nancy Wiley (Preservationist). Several local women’s groups such as the Ladies Village Improvement Society and the Sag Harbor American Legion Auxiliary are also featured. The exhibit, which includes both biographical panels as well as physical objects related to each subject, was curated by Ms. Annette Hinkle, one of the Board Members of the Museum.
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