December 13 2010

Press Release: "Peace Ball" Now Hangs at WCHS

"Peace Ball" by Jennie Brownscombe

Thanks to a gift from the Wayne County Historical Society Board of Trustees and Staff, this print of Jennie Brownscombe's "Peace Ball" now hangs in the multi-purpose room at the society's museum at 810 Main St., Honesdale. During the 1890's, influenced by stories of her mother's colonial forebears and by the current revival of interest in America's past, Miss Brownscombe turned to historical subjects. "The Peace Ball" (painted 1895-1897, now at the Newark Museum) shows General Washington introducing Rochambeau and Lafayette to his mother after the Yorktown victory. This was the first of some fifteen or more imaginary Washington scenes. Jennie Brownscombe was born in Honesdale in 1850 and returned frequently during her illustrious career. The Wayne County Historical Society will close for the winter on December 31, but the museum, library and museum shop will be open 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Saturday until that date. For information, call 570-253-3240, email or visit the newly updated WCHS website at