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Sampler, 1825. Embroidered by Catharine Parsells. Embroidered in silk on linen. Bequest of Gertrude M. Oppenheimer, 1981-28-135
Not Only Ours
The Quakers, or the Society of Friends, played a primary role in establishing the earliest charity schools in New York City, which provided access to secular education for those who would not otherwise have had the opportunity. During the Revolutionary War, the Quakers' strict adherence to principles of non-violence made them suspect to their countrymen....
Sampler, 1819
Children at Play
This sampler was worked by Mary Fitz (1807–1849) in 1819 at the Catherine Welshans Buchanan’s school in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. The central scene depicts two fashionably dressed women in a grape arbor, one standing and the other seated on a bench. The border is made up of compartmentalized motifs including a heart, baskets of grapes and...
Blonde woman smiling inside a picture frame with flying winged lightbulb over her shoulder
Meet the Staff: Jocelyn Groom
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do at Cooper-Hewitt? I manage the exhibition design process for all our exhibitions, including the designers who design our exhibitions, graphics, and lighting, and plan the schedules and budgets for how the exhibitions are built. What was your background before coming to Cooper-Hewitt?...
Open Rotary Card File, 1950
The Power of the Rolodex
“…organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year…a profitable sum, especially when one considers that the Mafia spends very little for office supplies.”—Woody Allen “I have kept a record of most people I have met since the 1940s. Their names are stored in an electronically operated Rolodex that contains upward of...
Family Register Sampler, 1833
In Bliss or Woe
This family register sampler, with its melancholy verse about the fleeting nature of life, was stitched in 1833 by Abigail Barnard. Although such samplers were typically part of the needlework education of schoolgirls, Abigail created this example at the age of twenty-seven to document the birth, marriage, and death dates of her parents and siblings....
Matchsafe, In This Youll Find a Match, ca. 1890
DO YOU HAVE A LIGHT?
Matches seem almost trivial to us in 2014. However, carrying matches was once a novelty and feat of man’s ability to harness instantaneous fire.  Gas-powered lighters and safety matches in matchboxes were not available on a wide scale until the 1930s. Wooden friction matches were first invented about a hundred years earlier, but were fickle...
a cluster of red thumbprints on the left and black thumbprints on the right. Text beneath says "Sent from a device with tiny keys."
Happy Holidays
This holiday greeting was designed by Paula Scher, winner of the 2013 National Design Award for Communication Design. Scher has been at the forefront of graphic design for four decades. Iconic, smart, and accessible, her images are part of the American vernacular. Known for her reimagining of typography as a communicative medium, she has said,...
grinning man standing inside an ornate picture frame holding a photo of a mansion.
Meet the Staff: Mathew Weaver
Can you explain a little bit about the type of work you do? I work in the exhibition department setting up the museum’s shows. I mat and frame all of the artwork for display and make custom book mounts. Sometimes I travel to set up Cooper-Hewitt’s exhibitions in other cities. What do you enjoy most...
five gloved adults standing around a large ornate piece of metal, apparently very old and protected with tissue and styrofoam.
Collection Storage Milestone
As a component of Cooper-Hewitt’s renovation and expansion of  the Carnegie Mansion galleries, the Museum’s collection of 217,000 objects has been moved to an off-site facility, which includes collections storage areas, an objects conservation lab, and a photography studio. This past month, the staff of Cooper-Hewitt rounded another major milestone of this multi-year, multi-faceted project...
black and white photo of a young woman holding a 1980's-looking handheld camcorder.
Remembering Red Burns (1925-2013)
Cooper-Hewitt mourns the loss of Red Burns, who was a pioneering force in shaping the interactive media world as a designer and educator. The museum was proud to honor Red with the Design Patron award last year, in recognition of her outstanding support and patronage within the design community. Burns was an arts professor and...