The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

The Victorian Society New York sponsors a series of lectures at The Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues 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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May 2018

An Oyster Bay Day

May 5 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
$140 - $165

On Long Island’s North Shore we will visit Sagamore Hill, the mansion Theodore Roosevelt built in 1884-85 and used during the summers of his presidency, 1901-08. Family furnishings remain in the house. Time permitting, a drive through part of what was Louis Comfort Tiffany’s estate will afford glimpses of remain-ing elements. After lunch we go to Raynham Hall. The oldest part of this house, built in 1738, has ties to Revolutionary War spies. A Victorian wing was added in 1852.…

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Mark Twain and Charles Darwin: The Evolution of Literature

May 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street
New York, NY United States
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Mark Twain (1835-1910) and Charles Darwin (1809-1882) met only once, but Darwin influenced Twain’s work and view on society, while Twain was one of Darwin’s favorite novelists. Golden has explored the unexpected connections between two Victorian intellectual titans, examining the full range of Twain’s writing, from fiction, travelogues, philosophical works, social commentary and personal correspondence. It shows the enduring relevance of Darwin’s thought and the surprising depth of what, on the surface, seems like simple humor.   Join us as…

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Exploring NoHo: the Neighborhood Where Manhattan’s Gilded Age Began

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Lafayette Place was the premier address for the leading families of antebellum New York, when "Society" transitioned from staid brownstone houses on Washington Square to the Gilded Age mansions along Fifth Avenue. Nearby Bond and Great Jones Streets were also favored addresses. Michael Rayhill, who focused on the area during his graduate studies, will lead our tour and share information not only about architectural history and design but also the social and often intertwined history of the privileged families who…

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June 2018

Excursion to Newark

June 2 @ 9:15 am - 4:15 pm

Newark, the third oldest city in the United States, offers many exciting things to see, and we will be fortunate enough to explore three private Victorian homes there. After a traditional Portuguese lunch in the city’s historic Ironbound section, we will visit the Ballantine House at The Newark Museum. The 27-room, late Victorian-style mansion was built in 1885 for Jeannette and John Holme Ballantine of the celebrated Newark beer-brewing family. The original house had eight bedrooms and three bathrooms. A…

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