Read between the Lines
Documenting Domestic Work in Oyster Bay
Earle-Wightman House Gallery
August 18 through November 26
The Diary of Mary Cooper 1768 - 73
Account Books of Marmaduke Earle
Private Journal of Charles Wightman
Personal documents play an important role in how historians learn about the past. Through personal accounts such as diaries, account books, and correspondence, we gain greater insight into the day-to-day lives of ordinary people. In Read between the Lines, we utilize specific first-hand documents written by three housekeepers who once lived in Oyster Bay. The exhibition presents primary texts from Mary Cooper’s late-colonial diary (1768-1773), Marmaduke Earle’s school-house account books (1802-1844), and Charles Wightman’s private journal (1883-1884).
Opening September 2017...