Author: Margery Masinter

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Meet the Hewitts: Part Nine
Meet the Hewitts: Part 8 told about good times at Ringwood Manor and the Hewitt home in Bar Harbor, Maine. This snippet discusses the Hewitt Sisters in their mature years. Travels and Eccentricities, 1910-1930 “It seems in 1905 that the Hewitts went to Europe and Sally and Nelly thought they would go modern, and purchase...
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Meet the Hewitts: Part Eight
Meet the Hewitts: Part Seven described gifts to the Cooper Union Museum by the Hewitt sisters and their friends, establishing a world-class museum collection. With summer now upon us, let’s escape to the country as the Hewitts would have! Sue Shutte, Historian at Ringwood Manor Margery Masinter, Trustee, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum A Charming Country...
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Meet the Hewitts: Part Seven
Meet the Hewitts: Part Six explored the origins of the Cooper Union Museum, retracing the Sisters' steps in Paris.  This “snippet” tells of the wonderful gifts to the fledgling museum by wealthy patrons and admirers of the accomplishment of the Hewitt Sisters. Margery Masinter, Trustee, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Sue Shutte, Historian at Ringwood Manor...
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Meet the Hewitts: Part Six
Meet the Hewitts: Part Five sketched the active lifestyle at the Hewitt country home, Ringwood Manor.  This month, April, will focus on Paris (of course) and explore how the sisters planned a museum for Cooper Union. Margery Masinter, Trustee, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Sue Shutte, Historian at Ringwood Manor The Sisters Form a Plan: Paris,...
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Meet the Hewitts: Part Five
Meet the Hewitts: Part Four described the Hewitts going to Gilded Age balls and their love of fashion and entertaining.  This month let’s enjoy their country lifestyle at Ringwood Manor. Sue Shutte, Historian at Ringwood Manor Margery Masinter, Trustee, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Life at Ringwood Manor When people think of Gilded Age summer estates,...
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Meet the Hewitts: Part Four
Meet the Hewitts: Part Three described how Sarah and Eleanor’s knowledge of the arts of decoration grew as they embarked on a lifelong passion for collecting. This segment explores their role as prominent members of Gilded Age society. Margery Masinter, Trustee, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and MA’93, History of Decorative Arts and Design, Parsons the New...
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Meet the Hewitts: Part Three
  Last month’s snippet, Meet the Hewitts: Part Two,  focused on the education and family life of the young Hewitt children.  Now we move on to Sarah and Eleanor’s formative years. Margery Masinter, Trustee, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and MA’93, History of Decorative Arts and Design, Parsons the New School for Design Sue Shutte, Historian at Ringwood The...
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Meet the Hewitts: Part Two
  In last month’s Meet the Hewitts “snippet” you met the Cooper and Hewitt grandparents and Amelia Cooper and Abram Hewitt.  This brief chapter pictures the early years of the Hewitt children. Margery Masinter, Trustee, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and MA ’93, History of Decorative Arts and Design, Parsons the New School for Design Sue Shutte,...
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Meet the Hewitts
Introduction This is the story of the Hewitt sisters, Amelia, Sarah and Eleanor, and their family. You will meet and get to know them all in twelve monthly “snippets.” We think that Sarah and Eleanor, who never married, were remarkable as independent women who not only were pioneers in the field of design education but...