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Wistariahurst Museum, Talk

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT


Thursday, March 24 at 6:00 pm
Taverns, Tea Houses, and Tilth: Middle Connecticut Valley Women’s Labor in the Food Trades 1700-1900. 
 Chef and Food Historian Elyse Moore traces the history of women’s labor in the food businesses of the Pioneer Valley. In looking at Holyoke and other towns along the Connecticut River,  Moore will examine the documented history of women’s labor associated with the business of food production, service, and consumption as well as proprietors and laborers, outside of the factory settings. Learn about  early American roadhouses, inns, and taverns and about the celebrated cooks, Aunt Patty of  Craft’s Tavern; Jerusha Leonard, of Sunderland; and Lucretia Hall of the Mohawk Trail in Charlemont.

This online virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Visit: https://wistariahurst.org/events/   to register.

In the Wistariahurst Gallery beginning Monday March 7, 2022

Uniting hundreds of doilies in the Wistariahurst Gallery, Uncredited, is an installation that allows for what has been traditionally the domain of the personal to dwell in the public. This work utilizes the traditional needle art of doilies to draw attention to markers of identity, shared experiences, and memories carried by their makers. “ I see the individual doily as a shared symbol of customs that suggest the transfer of material culture by way of needlework practices,” says Caivano. “Each common doily serves as a reminder of the many hands of their makers and the varied traditions they represent.”  A companion work of hand embroidered doilies titled When, maps wages earned by women compared to men since the Equal Pay Act of 1963 was signed into law in the U.S.

Exhibit hours are Mondays 10:30 am to 12:30 pm; Tuesdays 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Admission is free but you must pre-register at https://wistariahurst.org/events/felice-caivano-womens-work/  Masks are required to enter.

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Felice Caivano is a visual artist living in western Massachusetts. She is chair of the Visual Art Department at Holyoke Community College, and Fine Arts Curator at Trinity College. Caivano has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, Italy, and an Artist-in-Residence at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy. Her studio practice utilizes encaustic painting and sculpture to interpret what lies beneath the surface of things. Caivano earned a BFA from the Hartford Art School, an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has received a Fellowship in Sculpture from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

In the Great Hall for the Month of March
Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence A Poster Exhibition from the Smithsonian
Explore the complexity of the women’s suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to Americans’ lives today. This exhibit will be enhanced with local womens’ suffrage organizing artifacts from the Holyoke History Collection.  The poster exhibit is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. More information about the initiative is available at www.womenshistory.si.edu .

This exhibition can be viewed in person at Wistariahurst on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public but registration is requested. Please register at: www.wistariahurst.org Masks required.


March 24
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT


Wistariahurst Museum
238 Cabot Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
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