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Cynthia Van Allen Schaffner

Cynthia Van Allen Schaffner, American writer, educator, curator. Lisa Taylor fellow, 1995-1996; Smithsonian Institution Graduate Student fellow, 1998.


  • Schaffner, Cynthia Van Allen was born on January 28, 1947 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Daughter of James Alfred and Abigail Fifthian (Halsey) Van Allen.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Western College, 1969. Master of Arts in Teaching, Simmons College, 1971. Master of Arts in History of Decorative Arts, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Institution, New York City, 1999.


    • Editor Mademoiselle magazine, New York City, 1972-1979. Director development American Academy in Rome, 1987-1989. Curator Philadelphia Antiques Show, 1997-1998.

      Research assistant Metropolitan Museum Art, New York, since 1999. Curator Halsey House, Southampton, New York, since 1999. Lecturer American Folk Art Institute, New York City.


    • Folk Hearts
    • For lovers of Americana, for lovers of hearts and things antique and endearing, and for lovers -- a celebration in 150 photographs, 120 in full color, of the heart motif in American folk art from 1660 to 1880.


    Co-chair Fall Antiques Show, New York City, 1979-1993. Trustee Museum American Folk Art, New York City, 1980-1995. Member College Art Association, Decorative Arts Society, Cosmopolitan Club, Victorian Society, Lenox Hill Hospital Auxiliary, Southampton History Museum (trustee 1996-2002), Grolier Club.



    Canoeing, gardening, antiques.


    • Married Robert Todd Schaffner, June 11, 1972. 1 child, Hilary Van Allen.
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    Born January 28, 1947
    (age 70)
    • 1969
      Western College
    • 1971
      Simmons College
    • 1999
      Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Institution
    • 1972 - 1979
      Editor Mademoiselle magazine
    • 1987 - 1989
      director, development American Academy in Rome
    • 1997 - 1998
      curator Philadelphia Antiques Show
    • 1999
      research assistant, Metropolitan Museum Art
      New York, United States
    • 1999
      curator Halsey House
      Southampton, Bermuda