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The Oswego County Historical Society presents Audrey Munson, America’s First Supermodel

The Oswego County Historical Society to Host a Women’s History Month Program on March 22 featuring the extraordinary life story of Audrey Munson, America’s First Supermodel

Oswego – The Oswego County Historical Society will host a presentation entitled “Rediscovering the American Venus: The Extraordinary Life of Audrey Munson, Model & Muse” on Sunday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. in the City Side Room of the GS Steamers Bar & Grill at the Quality Inn located at 70 E. First St. in Oswego The event is free and open to the public.

The guest speaker will be Oswego County Historian Justin White. This program is part of the annual national Women’s History Month, recognizing the remarkable life story of one of Oswego County’s most nationally notable women.

Audrey Marie Munson was born in 1891 to parents Edgar and Katherine Munson, who started their married life in the Village of Mexico in Oswego County. Throughout her life Audrey had strong ties with Oswego County where many family members had lived, including the City of Oswego, Town and Village of Mexico and Town of New Haven, which is now her final resting place. She is often nationally recognized as “America’s First Supermodel” for her legendary career as an artist’s model, fashion model and silent film star in the early 20th century.

“Audrey’s life story spans a remarkable 104 years,” said White. “I learned about her as a child and was  instantly enamored with the stories about her life through a unique family connection and have been fascinated ever since. I was told about the incredible mark Audrey made in the Beau Arts Movement and how she revolutionized the way of making motion pictures. She worked with the most notable and revered artists, photographers, actors and silent film makers in American history, which has made a lasting legacy.”

“The presentation will tell Audrey’s story in her own words and from those that knew her,” said White.” The program will showcase a timeline of Audrey Munson’s life along with many photographs of her and the works of art featuring her around the country.

The Oswego County Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1896 and dedicated to the collection, promotion and interpretation of the historical resources of the county. It owns and operates the historic landmark Richardson-Bates House Museum at 135 E. Third St. in Oswego. The museum is open April – December for tours Thursday – Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information visit the website at or call during regular hours at 315-343-1342.

Audrey Munson

Pictured is a 1915 publicity photograph of Audrey Munson during her career as a famed artist’s model, fashion model and silent film star.