The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

The Victorian Society New York sponsors a series of lectures at The English Speaking Union, 144 E. 39th St., between Lexington and Third Avenues in Manhattan. No reservations are required for the free lectures. Attendees are invited to meet the speakers at post-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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April 2017

Mark Twain’s Hartford Connecticut

April 29 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Hartford Connecticut, Hartford , CT 06105 United States + Google Map

Mark Twain's Hartford House, 1994. Courtesy of the Mark Twain House Founded in 1635, Hartford, CT is one of the oldest cities in the country. Following the Civil War it was the richest city in the country, and author Mark Twain built a magnificent mansion there for his family and lived there from 1874-91. Built in the American High Gothic style, it was described as “part steamboat, part medieval forest and part cuckoo clock.” It is…

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May 2017
$25.00 - $35.00

Clubbing at the Century Association

May 6 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
7 West 43rd Street, 7 West 43rd Street
New York , NY 10036 United States
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Century Association, 1935. Photo courtesy of The Museum of the City of New York   Jonathan Harding, curator of The Century Association, will lead a tour of one of New York City’s most sophisticated clubhouses. Learn about this quintessentially conversational New York club. Its longtime home on West 43rd Street in Manhattan, built in 1897, was designed by Stanford White, who cheekily modeled it after the 1852 James Lockyer facade of White’s, a London gentlemen’s club…

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May Lecture – The Syrian Colony of New York in the 19th Century and the “Lost” Lower West Side

May 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The English Speaking Union, 144 E 39th St
New York, NY 10016 United States
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  Immigrants from what was then called “Greater Syria” came to New York beginning in 1880. They settled on the Lower West Side of Manhattan, just steps away from the Battery. In 1890, the community numbered about 2,000 people—the largest Syrian community in the United States. It was also the economic, spiritual and intellectual center of the Syrian diaspora. Along Washington Street were men and women speaking Arabic, Syrian grocery stores and restaurants, four Christian chapels, wholesale and retail merchants…

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June 2017
$120.00 - $150.00

Exploring the Media Mix

June 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Provident National Bank, built 1900 by Albert Dilks   Media, PA was incorporated in 1850 at the same time it was named the county seat of Delaware County. Located 13 miles west of Philadelphia, Media retains numerous architectural treasures from the Victorian era. Our tour will explore the grounds of the Delaware County courthouse built in 1851-71. On a walking through the State Street Historic District and Legal Row we will stop and tour the Institute…

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