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Thursday’s at the Phelps: “Sophie Lyons”

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Thursday at the Phelps: “Sophie Lyons”

On April 7th Presentarts will present “Sophie Lyons” to the Phelps Mansion Museum.

The museum will also be hosting an optional luncheon at 12:00pm before the program starts at 1:00pm!

Sophie Lyons was a nineteenth-century American pickpocket, blackmailer, con-woman, and bank robber. She was raised in NYC’s underworld, by Jewish immigrant parents who were criminals that trained their children to pick pockets and shoplift.

She sold a lot of newspapers around the world as people followed her exploits for more than sixty years, as her life read like a novel. Her mentor was another forgotten woman who held a position of power in the underworld, Fredericka Marm’ Mandelbaum, a Jewish immigrant who became New York’s millionaire “Queen of Fences.” But Sophie had her rightful place in criminal history, as a woman who excelled in a man’s profession, achieved power and found a voice that enabled her to challenge society’s conventions of womanhood, motherhood and sexuality.

Married to some of the most notorious burglars in America, Sophie escaped from Sing Sing Prison with one of her husbands, wore elaborate disguises, used her sex appeal to steal from wealthy men, invested a fortune in real estate and gave it all away to reinvent herself as a philanthropist for the downtrodden.

“Pretty Sophie” possessed a rare combination of skill at thievery, intellect, guts and beauty and became the woman Herbert Ashbury described in “Gangs of New York” as, “the most notorious confidence woman America has ever produced.”

So, ladies hide your pocketbooks, ‘cause Sophie Lyons is in town!


  • Lunch and Program: $20/person
  • Program Only: $5/person
    Reservations for lunch must be made by April 5th.
    No reservations necessary for program only admission.


**Proof of vaccination is required to attend this program.**

To make reservations or for more information, call (607) 722-4873.

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April 7
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm