Emily Groom, born on 17 March 1876, lived nearly one hundred years and painted a great part of that time. Her life spanned the American Centennial to the preparations of the Bicentennial, from Presidents Grant to Ford. Although she resided in Milwaukee from early childhood, she avoided artistic provincialism by frequent travel and involvement with national arts organizations (Daniell, 1972). From her birthplace, Wayland, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, Emily arrived in Milwaukee with her parents when she was five. After demonstrating artistic talent in grade school, she received her first training at Saturday morning classes from Alida Goodwin who taught sketching after casts with charcoa
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