Emma Lissow’s A Glimpse Into the Past Exhibit

Don’t miss public history intern Emma Lissow’s exhibit at the Morgan Manning House in downtown Brockport.

A Glimpse Into the Past: How Family Relics Can Contribute to our Understanding of History

Tuesday, December 12th 5-7pm
Wednesday, December 13th 6:30-8pm
Friday, December 15th 6-8pm
at The Morgan-Manning House, 151 Main Street in Brockport, NY

Explore the captivating period of Victorian America through photos, artifacts, and stories of my family. You will be transported into the 19th and early 20th centuries and become acquainted with people, themes, and objects that best evoke this period of American history. Learn about a leader on the Underground Railroad, a fascinating trip to Egypt, or view an autograph from Queen Victoria.

I look forward to sharing with you how a collection of heirlooms kept by my family has provided amazing insight into the lives of my ancestors and several key moments of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

This exhibition is designed as a self-guided walk through various themes tied to my family history. How did they display their middle-class status? What was the place of women in the family? Did they all follow social expectations? Ultimately I intend to showcase how the old photos and heirlooms that we keep can open some unexpected windows into the times in which our ancestors lived and can help us better understand our heritage and the broader historical context from which our families evolved.

Editor’s note: check out the digital Storymap Emma created to track the movements of her ancestors in the Coffin family: The Coffins: A Storymap.

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