October 24 2016
This past weekend more than 30 alumni, administrators, and faculty members visited the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York, for an alumni event.
The group enjoyed a guided tour through The Instruction of Young Ladies: Arts from Private Girls’ Schools and Academies in Early America exhibition lead by Fenimore Art Museum President and CEO Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Ph. D. Many of the pieces in the exhibit featured needlepoint and embroidery work, including one created in 1670 by a 13-year-old schoolgirl.
Also during the event, Elmira College Archivist and Curator, Nathaniel Ball shared pieces from the College’s private collection, including artwork by the daughter of Augustus Cowles, the College’s founding president.
Hannah Gaston ’18, who interned at the Fenimore Art Museum this past summer, concluded the evening with a walk through the exhibit she helped create using letters exchanged between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, then-Vice President of the U.S. who subsequently shot Hamilton in a July 11, 1804 duel. Hamilton died from the wound the following day.
Many thanks to Doris Fischer Malesardi ’64, a trustee of Elmira College and the Fenimore Art Museum, for sponsoring this event.