The Mount is pleased to announce a new exhibit and two new featured collections that will debut in May 2014.

Ice boxBackstairs Project: Kitchen Stories

This year The Mount’s historic kitchen will come alive with an exhibit exploring the nooks and crannies of an early 20th-century kitchen. It was a time of great change in kitchen life, as modern industry and advertising flooded the kitchen with all kinds of labor-saving devices.  The food was good, but the servants’ days were still long and difficult.

With the help of collectors and enthusiasts from across the region, the old kitchen at The Mount will be furnished with historic utensils and appliances, including the kitchen sink. Opens May 2014.


A Fine Hand: Sketches by Edith Wharton

Wharton’s writings reflect her gift for visualization, but few people know she used her skills to sketch her world. The Mount is pleased to present over forty of Wharton’s drawings, ranging from a remarkable self-portrait at age fourteen to multiple studies of beloved dogs, flowers, and friends. This intimate exhibit will include two previously unknown sketches hidden in the pages of Wharton’s copy of The Life of Reason by George Santayana, discovered this winter by Mount staff. Opens May 2014.

Edith as young girlEdith: Images of a Lifetime 

Born into an age when a woman’s options were as constricted as the corsets they wore, Wharton died in an age of practical fashions and expanded choices. The world changed radically during her lifetime and she with it, both inwardly and outwardly.  To document her remarkable life we have assembled a video– depicting over fifty paintings and photographs in total – that celebrates her life.  Opens May 2014.


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