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Dedicated Women’s History Center to open in New York

October 8, 2015

The New York Historical Society will unveil plans on Thursday for a new Center for the Study of Women’s History. The society says that this makes it one of the first institutions to devote a permanent space to women’s history exhibitions. The Center is not intended to be separate from the rest of the museum, but to be an integrated aspect of the museum’s mission to explain New York and the nation’s history.

Louise Mirrer, the society’s president and chief executive, explained that the institution looks for the “parts of history that textbooks don’t accommodate.” One such history surfaced within their own museum: famous Tiffany lamps within the museum’s possession were believed to have been the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his male designers. In fact, Clara Driscoll — director of Tiffany Studios’ women’s glass cutting department — and her staff, known as the Tiffany Girls, produced many of the most prized and valuable lamps. The center will be on a redesigned fourth floor, adjacent to a new glass gallery designed by the architect Eva Jiricna that will feature the society’s significant Tiffany lamp collection, and the museum hopes that both will help visitors to greater appreciate the impact of women in America.

Read the full story at The New York Times.