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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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February 2017

The {Disputed} Glories of the High Victorian Garden

February 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The English Speaking Union, 144 E 39th St
New York, NY 10016 United States
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Munstead Wood, Gertrud Jekyl Garden, photo by Kathleen Bennett. New horticultural imports, exciting technological innovations, controversies over color theory, patterns and lay-out all characterize this period. Owners and their head gardeners looked to former historical styles (especially Italian) while incorporating current Victorian pursuits and fashions. Majda Salvesen, garden history author and adjunct lecturer in the NYU Department of Art and Architecture History and Urban Studies, will examine these new variants and their influence on 21st-century garden…

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March 2017

Remembering Victorian Women

March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The English Speaking Union, 144 E 39th St
New York, NY 10016 United States
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Cover of Ms. Murdoch’s Book From imaginings of the “Angel in the House” to falsely attributed accounts of the Queen’s advice to “lie back and think of England,” popular representations of Victorian women tend to fall into overly simplified gender distinctions. Current society perceives Victorian women as corseted and caged in crinolines, protected from the worlds of politics, business and war within their domestic sphere. By exploring the lives of three Victorian women—Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Hannah…

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Little Syria: A Tour of Downtown Manhattan’s Lost Neighborhood

March 18 @ 9:45 am - 12:00 pm

Little Syria on Manhattan’s Lower West Side was the first major Arab Settlement in the United States. In conjunction with an Arab American Museum exhibition at The Metropolitan College of New York, Joe Svehlak will guide us through what remains of one of New York’s oldest melting pot immigrant communities, home to his own Moravian ancestors. To be seen are the former St. George’s Syrian Melkite Church, Down-town Community House and a few federal townhouses and tenements that remain. The…

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Margot Gayle Fundraiser

March 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 346 W 20th St
New York, 10011 United States
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The Victorian Society New York invites you to a program to benefit the Margot Gayle Fund for the Preservation of Victorian Heritage. Monday, March 20, 2017, 6:30 p.m. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 346 West 20th Street New York City We will be presenting: - Our Vanishing Legacy, a documentary with commentary from Director Gordon Hyatt - St. Peter’s Church Chelsea, a look at its restoration by The Rev. Stephen Harding - Wyckoff-Sneidicker Family Cemetery Restoration, research reports by Brooke Fernandez…

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April 2017

Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter

April 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The English Speaking Union, 144 E 39th St
New York, NY 10016 United States
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Beatrix Potter, Delmar Banner, 1938, National Picture Gallery Beatrix Potter remains one of the world’s bestselling, most cherished authors whose books have enchanted children for over 100 years. Based on his latest book, Over the Hills and Far Away: The Life of Beatrix Potter (Head of Zeus, 2017), Matthew Dennison will explore her multi-faceted life and character: repressed Victorian daughter, thwarted lover, artistic genius, formidable countrywoman. He will chart her transformation from a young girl with…

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May 2017

Lincoln in New York City

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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Lincoln: Cooper Union Portrait, Mathew Brady, Feb. 27, 1860 Born in Kentucky, raised in Indiana, successful in Illinois and immortalized in Washington, Abraham Lincoln would not have been president had he not triumphed on his one and only campaign trip to New York City in 1860.  Howard Holzer, director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College and author of over 50 books on Lincoln and the Civil War Era, will explore Lincoln’s complex…

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