Join Laini Farrare for a special virtual lecture that explores early American luxury and Black labor on Long Island by focusing on the history behind two mahogany chairs in Preservation Long Island’s collection. 

Luxury in Sag Harbor: Mahogany Furniture and Black Labor in the Late Atlantic World

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2024
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 PM
Where: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free

Laini Farrare is an independent scholar and recent graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. Drawing from her master’s thesis, “Blowin’ in the Wind: The Hidden Hands of Long Island,” Farrare will discuss how early America relied on Black craftsmanship and labor to show wealth and status by focusing on a pair of Windsor chairs in Preservation Long Island’s collection made for Sag Harbor resident and enslaver, Captain William Johnson Rysam, and signed by Nathaniel Dominy IV in 1794.

Image: Jan Jansson (1588–1664). Mar del nort, 1650. Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library.