Waxworks, Women and the American Revolution: The Story of Patience Wright with Joella Clamen

Waxworks, Women and the American Revolution: The Story of Patience Wright with Joella Clamen


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Meet the Madame Tussaud of the American Revolution. As America begins its fight for independence, one of the biggest American celebrities in London was an outspoken – and very political - waxworks sculptress named Patience Wright. In this conversation you will get to know the story of this fascinating and strong-willed woman as you explore revolutionary history through her eyes.

Raised on a farm in Colonial New Jersey, this widow and single mother managed to establish a thriving sculpture studio in the heart of fashionable London. Her clientele included most of the top movers and shakers of the town, from Ben Franklin up to King George III himself. But when the Revolution erupts, her focus shifts from business success to aiding her country.

Women are always useful in grand events,” wrote Patience. Learn how she uses her business to try to outwit the British and help the American cause. But once peace is declared between the nations, can there be peace again between Patience and the King?

Led by an expert on the Revolutionary Era, Joella Clamen, this conversation will explore contemporary poems, letters, fine artwork, and satirical cartoons as we delve into the life and times of an outspoken and rebellious woman whose passions transition from art to politics as a world changes around her. We will also examine some of the “radical” ideas that shaped her world view.

Participants will come away with a fresh look at a familiar period of history from the perspective of a woman who has been mostly forgotten, but badly wanted to be remembered as part of the story.

Image: Art by Elin

Joella Clamen lives in Cherry Hill, NJ, about a half-hour from the hometown of Patience Wright. She has been researching Mrs. Wright's story for several years and has profiled her in the award-winning book Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors published by Crossroads of the American Revolution. Joella has worked as an educator in Philadelphia's Museum of the American Revolution and as a docent at multiple historic sites.  She has a B.A. in Philosophy and the History of Math and Science from St. John's College, MD, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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