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Author @ the Library: "The Cooper-Hewitt: Dynasty of New York," with Polly Guérin, fashion historian, a retired Fashion Institute of Technology professor and the author of 4 textbooks, 4 blogs, several articles, and columns.

June 27, 2013

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Mid-Manhattan Library

 This illustrated lecture showcases the lives of Peter Cooper, Abram Hewitt and their kin as a quintessentially New York story of family, philanthropy and legacy.  Peter Cooper, who made his fortune during the 19th century in industry and politics, greatest achievement was the establishment of the Cooper Union, which allowed students from all walks of life to study science and art, and is still providing opportunity today.  His daughters - truly remarkable women, ahead of their time - fulfilled his dream of opening a museum, which today is part of the Smithsonian Institution.  Discover this amazing story of wealth and generosity, politics and integrity, and family and community which could have only unfolded in New York.