Commemorative cane

Object Number: 
Wood, paint
Overall: 36 1/4 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (92.1 x 6.4 x 6.4 cm)
Emma Willard.
Gallery Label: 
Cane collector Lou Grumet acquired a number of antique canes related to iconic American leaders, and then broadened his collection by commissioning Baltimore carver Pat Harris to create figural canes of additional American icons. This cane commemorates Emma Willard of Troy, New York, one of the first important leaders of women's education in America. In 1814, Willard founded the Troy Female Seminary, renamed the Emma Willard School in 1895 to honor its founder. She also was a prominent writer and became a close friend of the Marquis de Lafayette. The cane is carved and painted, and the stick is a ruler, reflecting Willard's role as an educator.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lou and Barbara Grumet
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group