The Ladies Reception room is where Jessie Paine would have received her guests.
Such guests may have been members of the Leisure Hour Art Club in Oshkosh, of which Jessie was an active member. Jessie was passionate and knowledgeable about art, and even personally paid for multiple paintings in the Paines’ collection.
She played an integral role in the mansion’s planning and was highly meticulous about its designs and interiors. Letters from the Paine’s archives show that interior designer Phelps Jewett frequently mentioned that Jessie had to approve everything.
After Nathan’s death in 1947, Jessie made sure that this 20-year-project would come to fruition. She led the work turning the estate into its own nonprofit organization and served on the museum’s board as president until her death at the age of 100 in 1973.