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curator , educator , writer

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

Background

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.

Career

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.

Works

Membership

Co-chair Fall Antiques Show, New York City, 1979-1993. Trustee Museum American Folk Art, New York City, 1980-1995. Member auxiliary board Lenox Hill Hospital.

Member College Art Association, Decorative Arts Society, Cosmopolitan Club, Victorian Society, Lenox Hill Hospital Auxiliary, Southampton Colonial Society (trustee since 1996).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: canoeing, gardening, antiquing.

Connections

Married Robert Todd Schaffner, June 11, 1972. 1 child, Hilary Van Allen.

father:
James Alfred Allen

mother:
Abigail Fifthian (Halsey) Van Allen

spouse:
Robert Todd Schaffner

child:
Hilary Van Allen Schaffner