An Early Albany Girlhood
Mothers and Daughters in the City 200 Years Ago

Fully half the people living in the colonial city of Albany were female. Girls, wives, widows, and spinsters, they bore babies, raised families, kept the home, and even found the time and energy to take part in the activities of the outside world. Long overlooked by historians, their lives have been documented by the research of the Colonial Albany Social History Project, a model community history program at the New York State Museum.

This illustrated presentation and discussion looks closely at the lives of a dozen individuals to show how early Albany's mothers and daughters sustained the social fabric and framework for one of the oldest cities in the United States. During Women's History Month, this program provides an opportunity for mothers, grandmothers, daughters, aunts, nieces, and sisters to appreciate and reflect on the lives of women then and today.

Margarita Livingston Vetch
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