December 26 2009

Press Release: Last "Food for Thought" on Jennie Brownscombe

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Sally Talaga, Executive Director of the Wayne County Historical Society, will be the featured speaker in the last "Food for Thought" talk of 2009 on Saturday, October 31 at 30 pm, at the society's main museum, 810 Main St., Honesdale. Her topic is "WCHS's Works of Art by Jennie Brownscombe." The historical society owns a large collection of Brownscombe's works, and the story of her life and art is a fascinating one. Born on Cliff Street in 1850, Jennie became a leading artist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, one of the very few women artists to make a living in her day. She often returned to Honesdale to visit her mother and friends over the years and is buried in Glen Dyberry Cemetery. Ms. Talaga has recently been busy researching Jennie Brownscombe's life and art, making trips to Palenville, NY, where she had a studio, and Washington, DC. For more information call the Wayne County Historical Society at 570-253-3240 or email