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Electra Havemeyer Webb

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Museum founder, born in New York City, New York, USA, the daughter of Louisine Elder Havemeyer. She studied at a commercial college, learned outdoor sports from her father, and married J Watson Webb in 1910. Immensely wealthy, the couple lived in New York City and Westbury, Long Island. They settled in Shelburne, VT (1949), building a house on the Webb land holdings. Two years earlier, Electra had founded the Shelburne Museum, a centre for American folk art, paintings, and crafts. She collected numerous artifacts and buildings, which she reconstructed on site. Considered an important resource of Americana, the Shelburne Museum was personally supervised by her until her death.

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