Hart Cluett Museum

Hart Cluett Museum Hart Cluett Museum Historic Rensselaer County enriches the present and advocates for the future by bringing the region’s past to life, recognizing every face and every story.
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The Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum is a dynamic not-for-profit educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. We enrich the present and advocate for the future by bringing the region’s past to life, recognizing every face and every story. In pursuit of this mission, we collect, preserve, study, interpret and make accessible a broad variety of objects and documents, and conduct educational programs to inspire public enthusiasm for the past. Situated in the downtown Second Street Historic District in Troy, New York, the museum fulfills its mission from two adjacent 19th century townhouses — the historic and architecturally significant Hart-Cluett House, which serves as a house museum, and the Carr Building, which houses exhibits, programs, and a research library.

HCM Board member Dr. Jennifer Burns was on WAMC Northeast Public Radio Roundtable this morning alongside WAMC’s Alan Cha...
06/05/2020
6/5/20 Panel

HCM Board member Dr. Jennifer Burns was on WAMC Northeast Public Radio Roundtable this morning alongside WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor at Bennington College, Founder of Beyond Plastics, former EPA regional administrator Judith Enck, and Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti.

This conversation examines the protesting taking place worldwide and discusses the call for Criminal Justice Reform in further detail.

We encourage you to listen - Click below!

The Roundtable Panel : a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond. Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Senior Fellow and Visiting

“Recognizing every face and every story” #BlackOutTuesday
06/02/2020

“Recognizing every face and every story” #BlackOutTuesday

This last portion of “In the Elements” takes another look at Military Service to illustrate that #WhereWeWork is not alw...
06/01/2020

This last portion of “In the Elements” takes another look at Military Service to illustrate that #WhereWeWork is not always limited to a specific time and place, but happens just about everywhere and anywhere.
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Throughout this week (June 1-5), we’ll take a closer peek at the objects and photographs in this section of Military Service.
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#TroyNY#RensselaerCounty#HartCluettMuseum#MilitaryService#Smithsonian#Wherewework#Thewayweworked#WORK @ Hart Cluett Museum

Join Us ~virtually~ for Troy Night Out!! ..Head to our website for a Sneak Peek into the Museum - where the one and only...
05/29/2020

Join Us ~virtually~ for Troy Night Out!!
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Head to our website for a Sneak Peek into the Museum - where the one and only Stacy Pomeroy Draper, Curator/Archivist at HCM, describes the history of the Howard-Hart family coach on display here in the Carriage House.
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Link in bio and below!!!

hartcluett.org/news/2020/5/22/curatorial-curiosities

In discussing Military Service, it’s important to highlight the lives of those who served on the home front and examinin...
05/29/2020

In discussing Military Service, it’s important to highlight the lives of those who served on the home front and examining this Nurse’s Aide Uniform from WWII is a perfect tool to do such.
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Uniforms, like this one, also help us in identifying #WhereWeWorked in multiple ways; including physical location, the environment in which someone works in, or the type of work they partake in. Looking at clothing is yet another way to tell the diverse story of #WORK.
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Swipe through⏩ to learn more about this Uniform and the American Red Cross.
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#TroyNY#RensselaerCounty#AmericanRedCross#MilitaryService#Nurses#WorldWarII#uniform#work#Whereweworked#Thewayweworked @ Hart Cluett Museum

Captain John E. Wool Coatee,13th Infantry..This uniform coat is a rare survival from the War of 1812. It is one of a han...
05/27/2020

Captain John E. Wool Coatee,13th Infantry
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This uniform coat is a rare survival from the War of 1812. It is one of a handful of surviving uniforms from that war in public collections. Note that the buttons are marked with the unit number, eagle and “U.S.”
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Wool began his long military career as a captain in the 13th Regiment of U.S. Infantry. He opened a recruiting office in Troy and raised troops for the American Forces before distinguishing himself at the Battles of Queenstown and Plattsburgh.
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The reason for the small size of the coat is that Wool stood five feet two inches tall.
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John Ellis Wool (1784-1869) was arguably Rensselaer County’s most famous and important soldier of the 19th century. He served in three wars and distinguished himself on many occasions.
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Swipe⏩ to see close-ups! Want to know more about Wool’s Coatee? Head to our new page, @the_wayweworked for additional information and pictures on Wool, his Coatee, and how it helps tell the story of #WORK.
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#TroyNY#RensselaerCounty#MilitaryService#JohnWool#HartCluettMuseum#Museum#Thewayweworked @ Hart Cluett Museum

#MemorialDay is a commemorative one, honoring the lives of service members that were lost in the call of duty. On this d...
05/25/2020

#MemorialDay is a commemorative one, honoring the lives of service members that were lost in the call of duty. On this day of collective remembrance, and everyday, we support and celebrate our veterans. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country.
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Rensselaer County has long honored the ultimate sacrifice made by its citizens and celebrated their extraordinary service, commitment and courage. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument helps us to remember such.
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The Rensselaer County Soldiers and Sailors Monument Association was formed in October 1866 with the goal of constructing a monument honoring the soldiers from Rensselaer County who served in the military during the Civil War. The names of these soldiers were placed in a copper box at the base of the monument. The monument also honors all those who served in all previous ways. It does so by an inscription of the names of battles listed in the monument base.
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The RCSSMA was responsible for choosing a design and builder for the monument, funding the construction of the monument, and maintenance of the monument until 1950, the year the ownership of the monument was transferred to the City of Troy.
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#MemorialDay#Honorthefallen#NeverForget#TroyNY#RensselaerCounty#SoldiersandSailorsMonument#MonumentSquare#DowntownTroy @ Hart Cluett Museum

This section of “The Way We Work(ed)” allows us to consider the role military service plays in telling the story of #WOR...
05/23/2020

This section of “The Way We Work(ed)” allows us to consider the role military service plays in telling the story of #WORK, both in Rensselaer County and nationally.
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Swipe through⏩ to see ‘Military Service’ on display within the exhibit. On Monday(5/25), we’ll begin to highlight how Rensselaer County and our region’s military has made a difference throughout our collective history, even to making the ultimate sacrifice.
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#TroyNY#RennselaerCounty#military#militaryservice#HartCluettMuseum#HartCluett#memorialdayweekend#memorialday @ Hart Cluett Museum

05/22/2020
Museum Association of New York

Today, our very own, Samantha Mahoski, Curatorial Assistant and Outreach Coordinator, joined Megan from the Museum Association of New York (MANY) and talked best practices for going live on Facebook!

Megan provided some pretty amazing resources and strategies that museums of all shapes and sizes can take advantage of when attempting to engage their audiences through Facebook and other social media platforms. Thank you, Megan and MANY!

To learn more about MANY, their virtual meet ups, and additional resources head to: nysmuseums.org.

Hello this is Megan broadcasting LIVE from the Hart Cluett Museum in downtown Troy! (And two blocks away from my apartment where I’ve been working for MANY remotely) we coming to live from our weekly MANY virtual meet up over on Zoom to share some tips and best practices for going live on Facebook!

Learn more about our virtual meet ups at nysmuseums.org

This Memorial Day weekend, we honor those who died while serving: commemorating their sacrifices and dedication to their...
05/22/2020

This Memorial Day weekend, we honor those who died while serving: commemorating their sacrifices and dedication to their communities and beyond.
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Rensselaer County has time and time again sent it’s citizens to fight and serve in all branches of military service. From John E. Wool’s service from the War of 1812 to the Civil War Draft Riots to those who serve today at home and abroad - Rensselaer County and our region’s military have made a difference, even making the ultimate sacrifice.
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These select photographs and poster from our permanent collection are reflective of Rensselaer County’s long history of Military Service and the ways in which our community has honored and commemorated their service and sacrifices.
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Commemorating military service is done in many ways. How does your community commemorate those who served their country?
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#MemorialDay#MemorialDayWeekend#TroyNY#RensselaerCounty#museums#HartCluettMuseum#HistoricRensselaerCounty @ Hart Cluett Museum

Is #throwbackMonday a thing??? Well it is now! 😎Swipe through ⏩ to reminisce with us on our first programming event waaa...
05/18/2020

Is #throwbackMonday a thing??? Well it is now! 😎Swipe through ⏩ to reminisce with us on our first programming event waaaaaaaayyyyyy back in March, “Working on #WORK.”
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The one and only Stacy Pomeroy Draper, Curator/Archivist extraordinaire of the @hart.cluett.museum, provided a behind-the-scenes look at the Way We Work(ed) for the museum’s First Thursday History Talk lecture series.
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Following the opening of the collaborative exhibition, this event allowed attendees a chance to see what choices were made to bring the story of Where, How, Who, and Why #WORK impacts all of our lives, often in unanticipated ways.
@ Hart Cluett Museum

The #census has been a great source of information since it’s inception in 1790, documenting and reflecting the continuo...
05/18/2020

The #census has been a great source of information since it’s inception in 1790, documenting and reflecting the continuous evolution of our communities over the last 230 years.
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Swipe through⏩ to see how Rensselaer County looked in 1855!
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Have you filled your #Census2020 form yet? Complete your questionnaire today - get started at: my2020census.gov to help get an accurate count for #TroyNY & #RensselaerCounty!
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Want more information on how to get counted? Head to @youcountrc or check out @mayormadden’s page for updates! @ Hart Cluett Museum

Today, we highlight the last of the 4 boats that are a part of the exhibit, “The Way We Work(ed).” Introducing, the Mt. ...
05/15/2020

Today, we highlight the last of the 4 boats that are a part of the exhibit, “The Way We Work(ed).” Introducing, the Mt. Ida Canal Boat Model!
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Canal boats, like the Mt. Ida, were extremely economical and provided reliable means to transport goods, services, and commodities in large quantities. It is therefore no surprise that waterways, such as the Erie Canal, were extremely influential on the development of this region and beyond.
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#WORK is impacted both on and off America’s waters, but each of the boat models on display at the @hart.cluett.museum allows us to get a glimpse at just how impactful these structures were and provides yet another perspective of how #WORK impacts our understanding of the past.
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Currently, the Mt. Ida Canal Boat Model is on display at the @nysmuseum in their exhibit, “Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal.” Head to their website, nysm.nysed.gov/exhibitions for more information! @ Hart Cluett Museum

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is #ClimateMW, giving us the chance to see how our regional climate has shaped our communal hi...
05/15/2020

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is #ClimateMW, giving us the chance to see how our regional climate has shaped our communal history and understanding of our collective past here in #RensselaerCounty and surrounding Capital Region.
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Whether it be rain, snow, or sunshine (or an abundance of each according to these photos!), climate has impacted us!
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Swipe⏩ through to see a few examples of #climateMW in #rensselaercounty. @ Hart Cluett Museum

Let them eat CAKE! ..Today in #MuseumWeek we celebrate #MuseumMomentsMW! Swipe through⏩ to take a look at some iconic ca...
05/14/2020

Let them eat CAKE!
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Today in #MuseumWeek we celebrate #MuseumMomentsMW! Swipe through⏩ to take a look at some iconic cake moments here at the Museum.
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Whether celebrating the Museum itself or the rich history of Rensselaer County it preserves, these captured #MuseumMomentsMW allow us to fully recognize the importance of our community.
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Head to our Instagram Story to see how the Hart Family also took part in eating cake with a close-up of an 1858 receipt for a 15lb. Plum Cake placed by Mrs. R.P. Hart. YUM!
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Do you have any favorite #MuseumMomentsMW? Please share by commenting below⤵️ or DM’ing us📥! @ Hart Cluett Museum

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is all about being #TogetherMW. This is the flagship theme of this year: a tribute to collecti...
05/13/2020

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is all about being #TogetherMW. This is the flagship theme of this year: a tribute to collectivity, community, and joint efforts.
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This image of Troy’s 150th Anniversary Parade, taken on River Street at Franklin Square. c. September 1966, encapsulates today’s #MuseumWeek theme #togetherMW- reflecting the strong sense of community and togetherness that has come to define the unique and diverse history of Rensselaer County.
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Now more than ever, it’s important to celebrate when people come together (virtually or otherwise) - something that our community has done throughout its history and continues to do.

Have you ever wondered what goes into the exhibition process? Or how the Curator decides what shape the exhibit will tak...
05/11/2020

Have you ever wondered what goes into the exhibition process? Or how the Curator decides what shape the exhibit will take? Swipe through ⏩ for a glance at how the collaborative exhibit, “The Way We Work(ed),” looked like in its early stages.
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Drafted by the @hart.cluett.museum’s very own Stacy Pomeroy Draper, Curator, this blueprint of sorts served as a multipurpose tool. For one, it helped to create a visual of the physical space itself - allowing for the first real look at what the exhibit would look like. In the beginning months of exhibit planning, there was a lot of discussion on how the exhibit would look in its final form: how best to tell the story of #WORK and what would be included to do such. This visual gave staff a chance to see how “The Way We Work(ed)” would take shape for the first time.
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And secondly, as a collaborative exhibition with @sitesexhibitions, this ‘blueprint’ allowed for a greater understanding of how the @hart.cluett.museum would be interpreting the material as provided by the Smithsonian.
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It’s important to note that every exhibit is different in terms of its planning and implementation process. “The Way We Work(ed)” is no exception as a collaborative effort with the Smithsonian Institution.
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How would YOU design an exhibit? Let us know! Comment below⤵️or DM us 📥! @ Hart Cluett Museum

On May 10th, 1862, a huge conflagration destroyed a major bridge, roughly where the Green Island Bridge is now, and more...
05/08/2020

On May 10th, 1862, a huge conflagration destroyed a major bridge, roughly where the Green Island Bridge is now, and more than 500 buildings in the city of Troy. Today, “The Great Fire” is still deemed one of the most formative events in Troy’s history.
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The blaze spread quickly, fueled by the downtown area’s mainly wooden buildings. It was reported that it was sparks from a train’s engine that set the wooden bridge over the Hudson River on fire.
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The city rebounded quickly - by November of the same year, just about every lot that had buildings destroyed had something new on it. After all, it was a time of great growth and various commerce and industry in Troy and the city soon resumed the production of goods for the Union Army.
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This panoramic image is assumed to have been taken near the old Green Island Bridge looking southeast into the city. The arched ends of the Troy Union Station train shed are visible along with other notable landmarks.
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If you look carefully, you’ll note that there are people and horses and carriage. We suspect that James Irving may have taken this image.
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For additional images and information on the Great Fire, head to our IG story and tap through!
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This Sunday, 5/10, will make the 158th anniversary of “The Great Fire.” @ Hart Cluett Museum

Today is a special global day of sharing, support, and unity. May 5th has been designated worldwide as #GivingTuesdayNow...
05/05/2020
Donate | Hart Cluett Museum

Today is a special global day of sharing, support, and unity. May 5th has been designated worldwide as #GivingTuesdayNow and we invite you to support our work in collecting and preserving every face and every story of Rensselaer County’s amazing history. Most especially we are focusing on local stories of this challenging era and it’s impact on our community.

Preserving journals, drawings, and personal experiences not collected by media are critical to capturing history in the making. You can help by sharing your story by going to our website or by emailing [email protected].

In addition to adding your stories to our official archive, you can also support our continuing work. Please consider a special gift today.

You can give support at https://www.hartcluett.org/donate. #GivingTuesdayNow includes matching funds raised for this effort.

Thank you for being a part of our community.

Hart Cluett Museum owes much of its success to people like you – our generous donors. We truly thank you for your support! Your gifts help us to continue our mission to enrich the present and advocate for the future by bringing the region's past to life. Last year we touched many lives and direct...

Today, Where we Work(ed) takes us ‘Into the Forest’ - revealing the wide-ranging #WORK that took place throughout Rensse...
05/04/2020

Today, Where we Work(ed) takes us ‘Into the Forest’ - revealing the wide-ranging #WORK that took place throughout Rensselaer County.
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Our Object Close-Up (swipe⏩to slide 3) of the 1968 Poster also helps us in discussing another aspect of #WORK - unions and employers associations.
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The Northeastern Lumberjack Championship is a great visual within the exhibit itself, but it is also a great tool in talking about working people’s history: bringing to the forefront how people throughout history have joined together to strive for improvements at the place where they spend a large portion of the their lives: @ WORK.
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Are you a part of a union or association tied to your work? Comment below! ⤵️ @ Hart Cluett Museum

We wonder how Emma Willard would have felt during COVID19??..Please consider sharing with us how YOU have been feeling d...
05/04/2020

We wonder how Emma Willard would have felt during COVID19??
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Please consider sharing with us how YOU have been feeling during COVID19. Whether it be a piece of art you made during quarantine, a poem you wrote, or a journal entry detailing how your life has changed (or hasn’t!) - documenting this historic time and it’s impact on our community is essential.
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Click the link in our bio to share your story or email [email protected] to help us in documenting Rensselaer County’s response to this worldwide pandemic.
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Could you imagine Congress Street NOW? With two-way traffic?! 😱..This image is of the Congress Street Bridge, circa 1962...
05/01/2020

Could you imagine Congress Street NOW? With two-way traffic?! 😱
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This image is of the Congress Street Bridge, circa 1962. It was published in “City of Troy New York Master Plan” (1962) - which served as “a guide to the community’s growth and development.”
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The plan was split into 5 sections: Land Use Plan
Community Facilities Plan
Thoroughfare Plan
Central Business District Plan AND
Capital Improvement Plan

with each section aiming to illustrate that “significant progress [could] be made by the city in the next 20 years towards the goals spelled out in this report.”
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The master plan is a great tool in discussing the impacts of Urban Renewal, especially here in Troy, NY.
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Want to see more of the Congress Street Bridge? Head to @the_wayweworked’s page to see how the Congress Street bridge is highlighted in our new, collaborative exhibition with @sitesexhibitions, “The Way We Work(ed).”
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This copy of the “City of Troy New York Master Plan” is part of the permanent collection at the Hart Cluett Museum. Digital versions are accessible online if you are interested in checking it out! @ Hart Cluett Museum

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57 2nd St
Troy, NY
12180

Opening Hours

Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Saturday 12:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+5182727232

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Hart Cluett Museum Historic Rensselaer County is a dynamic not-for-profit educational organization established in 1927 to connect local history and heritage with contemporary life. We enrich the present and advocate for the future by bringing the region’s past to life, recognizing every face and every story. In pursuit of this mission, we collect, preserve, study, interpret and make accessible a broad variety of objects and documents, and conduct educational programs to inspire public enthusiasm for the past. Situated in the downtown Second Street Historic District in Troy, New York, the museum fulfills its mission from two adjacent 19th century townhouses — the historic and architecturally significant Hart-Cluett House, which serves as a house museum, and the Carr Building, which houses exhibits, programs, and a research library.

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