In honor of Women’s History Month, the New-York Historical Society is inviting visitors to explore the lives and legacies of women who have shaped and continue to shape the American experience in a series of exhibitions, special installations, insightful conversations, and the annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History, which this year looks at the history of prohibition. Programs throughout March delve into a range of topics, including the legacy of female artists like Betye Saar, “women’s only” buildings in the early 20th century, the activism that grew out of the labor and women’s movements, and women “you wish you’d heard of” from various points in American history. Families can also meet historical figures, like Harriet Tubman and suffragists, portrayed by Living Historians as history comes to life each weekend. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but how exactly do you read one? At “Women You Wish You’d Heard About: Picturing Women in the Early Colonial Era,” attendees will examine art produced during and about the early colonial era for clues about the lives of women during that time, and then explore further resources that enrich the world view these pieces portray.
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