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Jean M. Farnsworth

Jean M. Farnsworth is an independent stained-glass historian. Following her masters thesis on the nineteenth-century restoration of thirteenth-century mosaics in Rome, she began a study of stained glass in America. In 1981 she became involved with the non-profit Census of Stained Glass Windows in America as the New Orleans area representative, and in 1990 was elected to serve as Assistant Director of that organization. While working for the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Corporation, she developed and implemented a national grant-funded pilot project to survey the city’s stained glass.  This project produced written and photographic surveys of 3,600 stained-glass windows, as well as a training manual distributed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Census of Stained Glass Windows in America: A Surveyor’s Guide.


She has taught courses, lectured extensively, and authored numerous professional papers on stained glass.  She is a contributing author and co-editor of Stained Glass in Catholic Philadelphia, 2002, included on Choice’s 2003 Outstanding Academic Title list.  Recent awards for contributions to understanding historic stained glass include Cornelius O’Brien Lectureship, National Council on Public History, Indiana University, 2006; Preservation Award, Los Angeles Conservancy, 2005; and Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award New York Landmarks Conservancy, 2004.













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