May 10, 2018

First, thank you!

As a supporter/visitor, you already know that Alice Austen’s legacy is important to share and protect. Her photography gives us insight into so much New York City history. She documented an incredibly transitional time: life on a very different Staten Island, immigration, and turn of the century New York. She shared fifty years of her life with the woman she loved, and together they weathered a change in fortune from well-off members of Staten Island’s upper class to dying nearly penniless.

Alice’s story would never have been known or told if it wasn’t for the work of friends like you. From the very beginning, Staten Islanders recognized the power of her story. And together, we’re learning more about the power of that story every day.

I am proud to be serving as the Alice Austen House’s Executive Director as we embark on a new journey. Last year, the House was designated a National LGBT Historic Place. We are proud of this recognition, and will be celebrating its anniversary on June 21st.

This year, Alice Austen will be having a solo show! Her work will be on display at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, starting with an opening reception on May 15. This show, Fine, Bright Day: The Photography of Alice Austen, includes interpretive text by 11 important scholars, artists and LGBTQ activists. It will be on display throughout the summer, I hope to see you there.

Over the course of the next twelve months, the house’s public spaces will be transformed. Galleries will be renovated, educational spaces transformed, period displays reimagined and contextualized, with Alice’s work placed at the center.

Next year, you will see a transformed House.

We’re just beginning this journey together. Will you be a part of our present and future, and make a donation? If you make a donation of $100 or more, you’ll receive a limited edition reproduction of a vintage Friends of Alice Austen House t-shirt! All our t-shirts are printed locally, by On Your Mark, a not-for-profit agency providing supportive services and job opportunities to individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities.

Thank you,

Victoria Munro
Executive Director



Alice Austen House

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