A noted landscape painter in her own right, Buffalo schoolteacher, Clara Langenbach taught her students to create, appreciate and judge artwork, alongside lessons about honesty, respect and character.
Originating with the Graduates Association of Buffalo Seminary, this exclusive women’s club continues to promote education and the arts in this, its third century. Michelle Kratts documents several of the notable figures who laid the foundations for this social and cultural institution.
In 1850, a group of Buffalo’s leading citizens gathered to discuss the educational opportunities for their daughters. Over 150 years later, Buffalo Seminary remains one of the nation’s outstanding academic institutions for young women.
With an eye for art, Martha Jackson bucked society’s expectations of women at the time and made a name for herself as an international art dealer in the 1950s and 60s.
Not everyone in Western New York in the late 1800s was a fan of the drink. Fredonia’s Women’s Temperance Union took a stand against alcohol in December 1873, successfully closing many drinking establishments and laying the roots for the national W.C.T.U..
While she certainly wasn’t the first Roosevelt to visit the Chautauqua Institution, Eleanor Roosevelt did so more frequently than her two famous relatives. Lori Humphreys recounts her several visits and speeches, along their impact on Chautauqua and the Nation.