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Contact: Stephen J. Hudik
E-mail: shudik@kean.edu

Power, PoliticsÖand Dining: A New Exhibit at Liberty Hall

Kean University and Liberty Hall Museum will collaborate on a new exhibit, The Pleasure of Your Company: The Power and Politics of Victorian Dining. The exhibit explores the life of Lucinetta (Lucy) Halsted Kean, one of the most-powerful women in Washington D.C., during the early 20th Century. The exhibit will be on display at Liberty Hall Museum beginning May 8 and continuing through December.

From 1900 to 1912, Lucy Kean entertained a glittering mix of politicians, captains of industry, military leaders, and diplomats in the home she shared with her son, New Jersey Senator John Kean. These men and women gathered regularly in Mrs. Keanís dining room to discuss the events of the day. Notable guests included Theodore Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, Alice Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Eleanor Roosevelt, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Henry Cabot Lodge.

The Museumís staff and Kean University historians have combined to recreate the atmosphere of these gatherings and to explore their cultural and political significance in shaping our nationís history. The exhibit composed entirely of objects from the collection of Liberty Hall Museum, features period silverware, glassware and fashions, along with artifacts such as the family guestbook and the calling cards of famous visitors. The exhibit will be shown in a suite of recently restored rooms, including the mansionís wine cellar, which will be open to the public for the first time.

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 200 years of American history. Built in 1772 by New Jerseyís first elected governor and signer of the Constitution, William Livingston, the Victorian-style mansion houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston/Kean families. The Firehouse is the latest addition to the Museumís complex housing two antique fire engines and a collection of fire memorabilia.

Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey. It is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. For information about upcoming events or to make reservations, call (908) 527-0400 or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall.