Crossroads of Rockland History: Josephine Hopper

2020-05 Crossroads-J Patton

Josephine Nivison Hopper
This program originally aired on May 18, 2020. To listen, click here

The May 2020 episode of "Crossroads of Rockland History" explored the life and work of the artist Josephine Nivison Hopper.

Josephine Nivison was an accomplished artist by the time she started dating Edward Hopper in 1923, but the world knows very little about her. Jennifer Patton, executive director of the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, joined Clare Sheridan to discuss Josephine Nivison Hopper’s career before she met Edward Hopper, how she helped launch his career, and what happened to her life and work after they married in 1924.

About Jennifer Patton, EdD: Jennifer Patton was hired as the Edward Hopper House’s first full-time Executive Director through a workforce development grant in January 2016 and has overseen the expansion of the museum’s educational partnerships, public programming, and community outreach. Not only was the Edward Hopper House able to maintain her position, but the budget has grown by 25 percent since she was hired. Jennifer has worked as a museum educator in the field for twenty-five years; during that time, she received her doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, researching how museums can transform communities.

About the Edward Hopper House:  Edward Hopper House gives new understanding and depth to an iconic American artist by preserving his family home and boyhood memorabilia and illuminating his sources of inspiration in Nyack through our collections, exhibition and programs. To learn more, go to


Crossroads of Rockland History, a program of the Historical Society of Rockland County, airs on the third Monday of each month at 9:30 am, right after the Steve and Jeff morning show, on WRCR radio 1700 AM and www.WRCR.com. Join host Clare Sheridan as we explore, celebrate, and learn about our local history, with different topics and guest speakers every month. During 2020, our focus is Women’s History in celebration of the Suffrage Centennial.    

The Historical Society of Rockland County is a nonprofit educational institution and principal repository for original documents and artifacts relating to Rockland County. Its headquarters are a four-acre site featuring a history museum and the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt House in New City, New York.  



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