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Catharine Morris Wright: Artist, Author, Philanthropist

June Town Hall Exhibit 2024

The June 2024 exhibit features objects in the JHS collection that are seldom exhibited.

Kit Wright, as she was known to everyone, was born in Philadelphia in 1899. She died at Fox Hill Farm in 1988. Kit attended the Philadelphia School of Design, and her art was her first love. Her grandfather, Joseph Wharton, was one of Jamestown’s summer colony in the 1880s and 1890s and built the iconic Horsehead. Kit was active in various local historic preservation efforts, most notably the restoration of the Quaker meetinghouse and the excavation and documentation of the Narragansett burial ground. Many of her descendants still live in Jamestown. 

The mini exhibit in Town Hall displays some of her books, postcards of her art work, and her oil painting of the Beavertail radar station, “Red, White & Blue.”  

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