Bits of Home


Visitors to the Fenimore Art Museum have long enjoyed the extraordinary collections of fine art, folk art, and American Indian Art held by the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA). Less well known are the thousands of historical artifacts in the collections storage areas. Bits of Home is a new exhibition that is intended to acquaint visitors with these historical collections by featuring a selection of more than 100 artifacts from NYSHA and The Farmers’ Museum’s extensive collections. Included are a Tiffany & Co. teaset from about 1893, an American Indian bent-corner chest from Alaska, a woman's bathing suit from 1910, and a barometer once owned by James Fenimore Cooper's mother, Elizabeth. As a theme-based gallery, this exhibition allows the visitor to explore the design of everything from household textiles to toys and games in a setting evocative of the environment for which they were originally made.