The W.H. Stark House invites visitors to view a new, special exhibit honoring the women at the center of the Lutcher and Stark families, Frances Ann Lutcher, and her daughter, Miriam Lutcher Stark. The exhibit went on display Tuesday, April 23, 2013, and will be on view during and in conjunction with The Stark House’s third annual Mother-Daughter Tea, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Located in the adjoining Carriage House of The W.H. Stark House, the exhibit explores various aspects in the lives of the two women and reflects on the many ways they contributed to their family and community. Frances and Miriam were the major cultural and philanthropic influence in the family. The impact of their generous spirit can still be felt today throughout the area.

Frances Ann Lutcher was born in Pennsylvania on October 17, 1841. She married Henry Jacob Lutcher in 1858, and had two children, Miriam Melissa and Carrie Launa. The Lutcher family moved to Orange, Texas, in 1878. Miriam Melissa Lutcher Stark was born on January 23, 1859, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. After her marriage to W.H. Stark in 1881, Miriam had two children, Frances Ann Lutcher Stark and Henry Jacob Lutcher Stark.

“With our annual Mother-Daughter Tea coming up, it’s a perfect time for an exhibit highlighting the lives of Frances Ann Lutcher and Miriam Lutcher Stark,” said Samantha Hoag, Associate Registrar.  “The exhibit encompasses only a small portion of the endless stories of these two fascinating women.”

Celebrating Mothers will be on display through July 11, 2013.

Miriam Lutcher Stark pictured