Library and Leisler Institute Collaboration: Colonial Hygiene

Lady Undressing for a Bath, c. 1730/1740, Attributed to Gerardus Duyckinck, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Program Description: The library and the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History present Coping with Life’s Necessaries by Ian Mumpton. The Schuyler family enjoyed many luxuries as part of their refined lifestyle, but what did their hygiene practices look like? Learn more about the changing practices of this aristocratic, 18th century colonial Dutch family with this Schuyler Mansion program come to Hudson. A question-and-answer period will follow the talk.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 29, 6-7:30pm.

Registration: For Zoom registration link click here or contact Brenda Shufelt at 518-828-1792 x106 or

The lecture is the second of four collaborations this year between the two organizations, each featuring an expert in early colonial history. This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the Van Dyke Family Foundation.

The presenter, Ian Mumpton, is the Historic Site Assistant at Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site. His work focuses on highlighting underrepresented narratives as essential parts of the site’s history, including the stories of Loyalists, Native Americans, women, tenant farmers, and enslaved people of African descent. He is also currently researching the martial arts and martial identity of colonial New Netherland.

The Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History is an independent, not-for-profit study and research center devoted to collecting, preserving, and disseminating information relating to colonial New York under English rule. In the years spanning 1664 to 1773, New York province’s diverse European settlements and Native American and African populations fused into a cosmopolitan colonial territory with ties throughout the Atlantic World. The Institute is unique in focusing on this under examined 109-year period in American history. The Institute contains a collection of original, digital, and/or paper copies of primary source manuscripts, books, maps, and illustrative materials, as well as a library of secondary resources that provide scholarly context to the primary sources. The Jacob Leisler Institute is an open resource for both scholars and the interested public.

Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, located at 32 Catherine Street in Albany’s historic South End, was the eighteenth-century home of Revolutionary War Major-General Philip Schuyler (1733- 1804) and his family. Beginning mid-May 2021, the mansion will be open for limited visitation (reservations required) and will require visitor adherence to current Covid-19 health and safety protocols. For further information about this or other site programs, please call (518) 434-0834 during regular business hours, visit, or find us on Twitter and Instagram.