Mrs. Sarah Joslyn wanted a memorial for her late husband, so she started saving money to build a museum. The wealthy widow scrimped, wearing old hats and darned gloves. It was reported that her chauffeur was embarrassed to be seen with her.
But when the Joslyn Art Museum was completed in 1931, it was paid for. She may have gotten her frugal ways from her husband. A painting of George Joslyn shows him wearing a stickpin that he got free from a sack of Bull durham tobacco.
(Last Word, Omaha Magazine, Sept/Oct 2005, pg. 78)