Laura Barney in Haifa

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Laura Barney strikes a pose using a long shawl for emphasis. Laura Barney was the daughter of Alice Pike Barney who is remembered for her efforts to transform Washington, D.C., into the nation's cultural capital. Laura married French lawyer Hippolyte Dreyfuss, was an early proponent of Bahaism, and an active campaigner for women's rights and world peace. She was made a chevalier and then an officer of the French Legion of Honor for her service to France during both World Wars. Laura and her sister Natalie gave Studio House, an art center created by their mother Alice Pike Barney, to the Smithsonian Institution for use as an arts and cultural center. The building initially housed offices and visiting scholars and guests.


  • Barney, Alice Pike 1857-1931
  • Dreyfus-Barney, Laura


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