A fundraiser for the Phelps Mansion Museum on May 12thwill raise money for their many projects in Music, Art, Theatre, and History. The Phelps house is a legacy that tells of a time when Binghamton, NY was growing in wealth, culture and population. The Phelps Mansion Museum is an excellent example of the talent of one of NYS’s most famous 19thcentury architects, Isaac G. Perry. Perry was also known for his work on the NYS Capitol, as well as many buildings in the community. Your contribution will keep Binghamton in the historical sphere of our community. Tickets are $15.
Please come to our Fundraiser theatrical performance on May 12 at 7:30 pm presenting a one-woman show starring Maryann Johnson, a Binghamton resident, in Three Women: First, Foremost, and Unique by Judith Present at 7:30 pm at the Phelps Mansion Museum. Ms. Johnson performs three extraordinary women’s lives.
Though Mary Todd Lincoln might have been considered obsessive she was still the woman who stood behind a great leader of men when he most needed it, encouraging him and loving him even while she was attacked with vicious gossip from the press. Sarah Bernhardt found adoration through her extraordinary acting abilities to overcome her mother’s unkind feelings toward her. The love she could not receive at home was found in her audience’s incredible appreciation for her talents. And Madame Curie whose loving family set her off on a mission to uncover science through hands-on methods that eventually was her own demise, all for the motive of finding scientific remedies for human healthcare. These woman and others like them did not just prevail, they excelled when personal, economic, political, and sexual obstacles threatened them. But just like everyone else, their tales are filled with daring, physical love, loss and victory.
This play explores what made these famous women tick and how their backgrounds made them what they became. These women hold a space in our collective consciousness as cultural models even if their extraordinary achievements just happened to be accomplished by women, but they’re still inspiration for both sexes.
Attending this Phelps Mansion Museum production will help their utilization, to preserve for our community, its unique Victorian facility and collections to serve the public through regular tours, exhibits and programs emphasizing local history, education, literature, art and music. Some interesting events from the Museum will be their Tea Party Mini Sessions, Southern Tier Actors Read, and their famous Chamber Music Concerts, plus they are participates in Binghamton’s first Fridays. And don’t forget about their excellent Mansion tours. This is a facility of great cultural wealth, so lets help it keep going.
The Phelps Mansion Museum is a non-profit 501C3 historic house museum chartered under the board of regents as an educational facility.