Lyndhurst’s Hudson River-adjacent bowling alley building was the site of Helen Gould’s sewing school for women. The north parlor houses a small exhibition highlighting the work of Helen Gould and her neighbor Madam C. J. Walker who both used their neighboring homes to economically empower women. Both women shared similar activities and attitudes. Both were philanthropists coming out of religious backgrounds.  Each endowed YMCAs for their respective communities, Gould for Naval soldiers and railroad workers, and Madam Walker for the African-American community in Indianapolis. Both used their estates to give less fortunate women greater opportunities.  Both enjoyed fancy automobiles. The exhibition can partially be seen from the veranda of the bowling alley when the building is closed and can be visited on the Lyndhurst lower landscape tour. Here, we present some of the main images from the exhibition.

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