Remembering Lewis Henry Morgan

An exhibit on display in the Local History & Genealogy Division

October 1, 2018 – January 31, 2019

Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881) was a distinguished Rochester attorney and businessman who served two terms in the New York State Legislature. He was also an internationally known scholar who corresponded with Charles Darwin, influenced Karl Marx, and established the fields of anthropology and archaeology in the United States. In 1931, a Democrat and Chronicle article hailed Morgan as “Rochester’s most distinguished man of science.” Today, however, Morgan is hardly remembered in the city that he once called home. In observance of the bicentennial of Morgan’s birth, we aim to share his story with a new generation of Rochesterians.

This exhibit was designed and researched by University of Rochester undergraduate students Anna Remus, Naomi Ruetz, and Sam Schacht, and their instructor, Professor Robert Foster. Harry Gu and Michelle Ridout contributed valuable curatorial assistance. Special thanks to Dr. Michelle Finn and the staff of the RPL Local History & Genealogy Division for their generous support and collegiality.