The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

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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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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Holiday Treats and Treasures on the Hudson

December 8

Image courtesy of NPS Saturday, December 8, Departure at 8 a.m. We visit Rhinebeck, one of the most historic and quaint towns up the Hudson River two hours from Manhattan. It began as a Dutch settle-ment on land purchased from the Iroquois in 1686. The tour includes a lecture on the town's history (a Continental Army regiment trained here) as well as a short walking tour and site visits. The grandest of these sites is nearby Wilderstein, an 1852 Queen…

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