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New York-Historical Society Center for Women's History Opens [PHOTOS]

April 28, 2017 5:14pm | Updated May 1, 2017 7:57am

UPPER WEST SIDE — A new display case dedicated to the archived items of tennis legend and women's-right activist Billie Jean King is among the items that will be featured as part of the New-York Historical Society's new Center for Women's History on its newly renovated and redesigned fourth floor.

The floor, opening to the public on Saturday, is dedicated to examining the often overlooked contributions of women in American history through artifacts from the museum's collections, multimedia installations and academic programming.

The project, supported in large part by city and state funding, was inspired by the Tiffany lamps in the Society's collections. Long attributed to the vision of designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, many of the firm's most iconic lampshades were actually created by Tiffany Studios employee Clara Driscoll, head of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department at the Corona-based glasshouse, museum employees learned.

The museum's new Gallery of Tiffany lamps was designed by Czech architect Eva Jiřičná (Credit: New-York Historical Society)

On display on the fourth floor are not only Tiffany lamps, but permanent museum collection highlights.

Get a sneak peek at them below: