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The Victorian Society New York sponsors a series of lectures at the Bard Graduate Center at 38 West 86th Street in Manhattan. No reservations are required for the free lectures. Attendees are invited to meet the speakers at pre-lecture receptions.
Victorian Society New York Free Lecture Series is made possible by a generous donation from Christopher Broadwell and Lewis I. Haber and dues from Chapter members. Join today!

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September 2018

Glimpses of the Historic Hamptons

September 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

A chartered bus will take us to a private home in Southampton. It boasts one of the best collections of 19th-century Aesthetic Movement paintings, ceramics and furnishings in the area and is rarely open to the public. From there we go to East Hampton for lunch. In the afternoon, we will have a guided tour of the Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, which just opened to the public on July 3 after a five-year $4.5-millon restoration. The first artists’…

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October 2018

The Secret Surgery on Grover Cleveland: Cancer and Politics in the Gilded Age

October 4 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th St
New York, NY 10024 United States
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On July 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland boarded a friend’s yacht, sailed into the calm blue waters of Long Island Sound and disappeared. The events of the next five days were so incredible that even when the truth was revealed, many Americans simply would not believe it. Matthew Algeo, author of The President is a Sick Man, will discuss this extraordinary unknown chapter in American history: Cleveland’s secret cancer surgery and the brazen political cover-up which followed. Please RSVP here.…

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Comfortably Explore Woodlawn Cemetery

October 27 @ 10:45 am

Photo by Jim Henderson.   Join us for a trolley tour of The Woodlawn Cemetery, a 400-acre destination in the northern part of the Bronx. Designed by James C. Sidney in the rural style on rolling hills, the nonsectarian cemetery opened during the Civil War in 1863. The ceremonial burial there of Admiral David Farragut in 1870 spurred interest in the cemetery, and it became the final resting place of many well known figures in American history. Herman Melville, Thomas…

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November 2018

Treading the Borders: Immigration and the Victorian Stage

November 6 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th St
New York, NY 10024 United States
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Maria Bonfati in the Black Crook. Oil on Canvas. ca. 1866. “Treading the boards” is a colloquial theatrical expression that refers to the wooden planks of the stage upon which performers ply their trade. Dr. Matthew Wittmann, curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection at Hougton Library, will highlight a simple but signficant point – much of the richness and vitality of the performing arts in American derives from creative talent originating elsewhere. The Victorian stage featured a fascinating mix of…

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December 2018

Devil’s Mile: The Rich, Gritty History of the Bowery

December 6 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th St
New York, NY 10024 United States
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Victorian times were all about the suppression of anything salacious, as Alice Sparberg Alexiou, author of the new book, Devil’s Mile: The Rich, Gritty History of the Bowery, will explain. The era’s prudery just increased the urge to experience sex and weirdness—all commodities then were readily available on the Bowery. This is where the action was, in the form of freak shows, minstrel shows, gay bars (“fairy resorts”), concert saloons with back rooms devoted to fight contests and the waitresses…

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