“Princess White Deer: A Women, A Mohawk and A Legend” Exhibit Opens
“Princess White Deer: A Woman, A Mohawk and A Legend” will open at the Sparta Historical Society’s Van Kirk Homestead Museum on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 1-4PM with 2PM talk. Esther Deer, known as Princess White Deer, was the grand-daughter of a hereditary chief and a most successful and talented Mohawk entertainer. With the career that spans from Wild West Shows to the Russian stage to Vaudeville, Ziegfeld, and to the footpaths of Broadway, Esther Deer was a remarkable and fascinating modern career woman for any century.
In addition to many never before seen original professional photographs from Princess White Deer’s personal collection, loaned by her niece Sylvia Goodleaf Trudeau, and guest curator’s Patricia Galperin’s personal collection, there will be additional memorabilia such as playbills, ship manifests, and travel documents; and personal objects ranging from toiletries to performance blankets used by both Princess White Deer and her father, Chief James Deer.