Fanny’s Bedroom - help us complete the restoration!
We are excited to launch our newest restoration project - Fanny’s Bedroom. This came about as a result of the return of her bed by Glessner family descendants, and a generous $30,000 gift to begin the work. Fanny, a.k.a. Frances Glessner Lee, has become our most famous family member due to her groundbreaking work to professionalize the field of forensic science, and her creation of the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, which were exhibited at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum to great acclaim in 2017-2018.
The room, with the first phase of restoration completed, was officially opened on March 25, 2019, on what would have been her 141st birthday. However, the total project is anticipated to cost nearly $100,000 so funds are being sought to finish off all the elements of the room as she would have known it - from Morris & Co. wallpaper and textiles, to rebuilding the elaborate screen concealing the “secret entrance” through her brother’s closet into his bedroom.
Donations large and small are welcome as we work to complete the restoration of her bedroom and interpret the formative years of the woman who is remembered today as the “mother of forensic science.”