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Hillwood Mansion Reopening
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After $9 million and three years of renovations, Hillwood, the former estate of the late cereal heiress,philanthropist, and art collector Marjorie Merriweather Post, reopened in September with a tentedcelebration. The 25-acre estate turned museum was bequeathed by Post to the Smithsonian in 1969 with thecondition that she maintain life tenancy and that her collection “be recognized as a significant culturalheritage.” Today, Hillwood houses the most comprehensive collection of 18th- and 19th-century Russianimperial art outside Russia, as well as important pieces of 18th-century French decorative arts. Thesoir`ee was catered by Design Cuisine, with dependably scrumptious creations such as Truffeled FiletMignon, Tropical Snapper, Baby Lamb Chops and baskets of sugar-dusted, long stemmed strawberries.

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