In partnership with the Putnam History Museum, we are pleased to announce the re-opening of the major exhibition on Saturday, April 29th, 2017:

The World of Anna and Susan Warner!


Wednesday through Sunday

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Putnam History Museum

63 Chestnut Street

Cold Spring, NY 10516

Through a collection of materials and artifacts the exhibition tells the story of the Warner sisters and their lives on Constitution Island, near West Point. 


Anna Warner (1827–1915) was the author of over 30 novels (including several books co-written with her sister Susan), hymns and religious songs for children – most famously “Jesus Loves Me.”  Susan Warner (1818–1885) wrote religious fiction, children’s fiction and theological works.  Her novel The Wide, Wide World, a classic Victorian story, was reputedly the first book by an American author to sell one million copies.  A recent article in the New York Daily News called the sisters’ work “a substantial piece of our literary history.”

Support form the following have made this exhibit possible:


Corporate Sponsors:

  • Central Hudson

  • Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

  • Health Quest


Private Foundations:

  • Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

  • Malcolm Gordon Foundation