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Black and brown people wearing red, yellow, and white drape their bodies over the branches of a large tree.


"The body of the dancers, or phantoms, become sources of knowledge, and their gaze holds the viewer accountable, something that is too often missing from history and art; holding space in historically white spaces in ways that they have never been inhabited before.” -Carolina Caycedo, artist

Blue photograph depicting tall pine-like trees, large boulders, and a rushing creek.

The Land of Little Rain

Environmental Exploration and Environmental Storytelling

Black velvet cap in the shape of a pointed oval, with beadwork in blue, white, green, yellow, and red forming flowers and stems all over; made by a Haudenosaunee woman.

Object Story: Niagara Beadwork Hat

This hat was created by a Haudenosaunee craftsperson in the mid-nineteenth century.

Large, oval, pine and maple box, smooth and plain with six fingers forming a side seam and a chrome yellow finish.

Object Story: Oval Shaker Box

This large oval box was made at the Shaker community in New Lebanon, New York.

Quilt with overall checkerboard pattern, alternating between cream and red-toned squares; each square consists of many skinny strips of varying colors.

Object Story: Log Cabin, Light and Dark Quilt

A Log Cabin pattern quilt made by an unrecorded artist in the late nineteenth century.

Large wooden spinning wheel with spokes attached to one end of a simple bench-like structure with a pulley device attached to the other end.

Object Story: Spinning Wheel

A "great wheel" for spinning wool into thread.

Painting of an outdoor setting with pond and trees, populated with characters on horseback and on foot along a path in the foreground and additional figures interspersed in the background.

Object Story: Landscape with Riding and Walking Figures, a River, and a Village (Overmantel)

Painting made to hang over a mantle depicting various people along a pathway.

Design embroidered on cloth, with the alphabet repeated in four different fonts and a verse underneath, completed at the bottom with the maker's name, age, and location.

Object Story: Mary Craig Hamlen's Sampler

A needlework sampler from 1802 by Mary Craig Hamlen, age 9.

Painting of man wearing a suit, holding a top hat in his right hand with other hand on his hip, standing in front of shelves displaying rows of top hats.

Object Story: Portrait of Hatter John Mays of Schaefferstown

Portrait of the hatter John Mays around 1830.

A large wooden armchair with original red stain, turned decoration on the chair back and arms, and a straw-colored, fibrous woven seat.

Object Story: Carver Chair

A carved chair made in 1690 named after John Carver, a Mayflower passenger and early governor of Plymouth Colony.