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A Story Stitched in Time: The Life Of Rosena Disery

May 19, 2021 , 6:00pm 7:00pm

rosena disery embroidery

Every object tells a story—and this one-of-a kind embroidered piece in the collections of The New-York Historical Society is no different. In 2011, Margaret K. Hofer, now vice president and museum director at N-YHS was contacted by an antiques dealer who had come across a rare find: a sampler (a demonstration of embroidery technique) made by fifteen-year-old Rosena Disery in 1820, while a student at New York’s African Free School. Hofer virtually joins Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman, to discuss how this one object helped to uncover the fascinating life story of Rosena (interred at Green-Wood as Rosanna Van Dyke) and her family, who, against the odds, prospered in nineteenth-century New York City.

This conversation is part of our series of virtual programs about the history of Green-Wood and its permanent residents, Zooming in on History.

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