“Negro Wench” Appendix: What is a “Negro Wench?”

What is a “Negro Wench?” A “Negro Wench,” — to my 21st century ears, the phrase sounds derogatory and demeaning. Yet in 1801, my family ancestor Nehemiah Dunham used the phrase in a legal document to refer to one of his slaves.  That made me curious.  What exactly did he mean? Wench A wench generally … More “Negro Wench” Appendix: What is a “Negro Wench?”

Henry Lyman Sayen

Look what arrived in the mail!  I picked up this gem used from Left Coast Books. It is the 1970 Exhibition Guide from the Henry Lyman Sayen show at the Smithsonian. The guide is by Avelyn D. Breeskin Curator of Contemporary Art for the national collection of fine arts.  So excited! My next task is to … More Henry Lyman Sayen

Fashion pioneer Jeannette Hope connects American women to Paris

Jeannette Hope Sayen was an artist.  Fashion was her inspiration.  Remarkably, as a young woman in the early 1900s she also made it her career. Working from both Paris and Philadelphia, artist Jeannette Hope began covering fashion at an early age–eventually becoming the eyes and ears of fashion for women throughout the United States. While her now-much-more-famous husband’s legacy is widely known, Jeannette’s own … More Fashion pioneer Jeannette Hope connects American women to Paris