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Under the Willow Tree: A Schoolgirl Mourning Embroidery

A hauntingly beautiful schoolgirl memorial in Bartow-Pell’s collection has perplexed staff, volunteers, visitors, scholars, and even paranormal investigators for many years. Now, new research has solved some of the mystery. Gilt lettering on églomisé glass tells us that this silk-on-silk … Continue reading

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Bluestockings and Blue Bloods: The Pelham Priory School for Young Ladies

The girls came from all over. They were daughters of the nation’s elite, of people such as Robert E. Lee and Lincoln’s former Secretary of War Edward Stanton. They were Lorillards, Lefferts, and maybe even Bartows. In the nineteenth century, … Continue reading

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A Mansion Favorite Returns Home: Abigail Walker Needlework Mourning Picture

A weeping willow tree shelters two lovely young women in a garden at the mansion this spring, and one would never know that these beautiful creatures, stitched in silk with exquisitely painted faces, are over two hundred years old. Thanks … Continue reading

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