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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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February 2017

Margot Gayle Fund Grant Application Deadline

February 14

Margot Gayle with the Jefferson Market Courthouse. February 14th (Valentines Day) is the deadline to apply to be considered for a Margot Gayle Fund grant.  For more information see the Margot Gayle Fund page.  

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The New American Opalescent Color

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011 United States
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“The New American Opalescent Color: Newport, Chicago, and England”, a lecture by Richard Guy Wilson, Director, VSA Newport Summer School and Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia. This event will be held at the Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas New York City. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by Monday, February 13 to admin@vsasummerschools.org Learn about the VSA Summer Schools in Newport,London and Chicago before this year’s March 1st application deadline. This is a National Victorian…

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YOUNG VICTORIANS TOUR: The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass

February 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Neustadt Collection, 5-26 46th Aveune
Long Island City , NY 11101 United States
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Please join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass - a premier collection of Louis C. Tiffany's renowned lamps, windows, metalwork and rare archival materials. Lindsay Parrott, Director and Curator, and Morgan Albahary, Curatorial and Collections Assistant, will lead Young Victorian patrons on a tour of the The Neustadt's unique holdings, including a glass archive of more than a quarter million examples of original Tiffany flat glass and glass jewels.  Attendees will learn about the…

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Rescheduled for Feb 23rd! – 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. PLEASE NOTE: This event has been rescheduled from its original date.  It will take place on February 23rd. 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…

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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 Cullwick and Mary Seacole—Lydia…

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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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Behind the Scenes: Central Park Arsenal Tour

March 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Central Park Arsenal, 830 Fifth Avenue
New York , NY 10065 United States
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Join Jonathan Kuhn, Director of Art and Antiquities at the New York City Parks Department, for a tour of The Arsenal (1847-1851)including a trip to the roof! The Arsenal, now the Parks Department headquarters, the Central Park building has a rich history of past uses, including a stint as the American Museum of Natural History. The Arsenal was designed by Martin E. Thompson (1786–1877), architect of The Second Branch Bank of the United States (1824), formerly on Wall Street (now the…

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April 2017

April Lecture – Race for Distinction: Ocean Liners of the Edwardian Age

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The English Speaking Union, 144 E 39th St
New York, NY 10016 United States
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German Ocean Liner KRONPRINZESSIN C Originally schedule speaker Matthew Dennison's lecture on Beatrix Potter has been cancelled.   The Industrial Age spawned growth, engineering wonders and a spirited race for size and distinction in many areas.  As the sun set on the 19th century and then began to shine even more brightly in the early years of the 20th century, an era of greater structural wonders began.  Bill Miller, the author of over 100 books on passenger liners and cruise ships as well as a…

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Mark Twain’s Hartford Connecticut

April 29 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Hartford Connecticut Hartford , CT 06105 United States + Google Map
$175.00

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 where he wrote many…

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May 2017

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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$25.00 - $35.00

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 on St. James Street.…

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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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50th Annual Business Meeting

May 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street
New York, NY United States
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Untermyer Gardens, Yonkers NY   Please join us for the Annual Meeting and Awards. At Church of the Holy Trinity 316 East 88th Street between First and Second Avenues New York City After the presentation, members and guests are invited to a reception where they can meet the award recipients. Awards will be presented for categories including, Exhibition, Publication, Restoration, Preservation, Grassroots Efforts as well as our Margot Gayle Fund Grant Awardees. New Board of Directors members and officers will…

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June 2017

Exploring the Media Mix

June 3 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
$120.00 - $150.00

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 of Science building that…

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September 2017

A Suite for Piano: Alma Tadema and the Marquand Music Room

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street
New York, NY United States
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A Suite for Piano: Alma Tadema and the Marquand Music Room A lecture by Dr. Kathleen Morris In 1884, the celebrated Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema designed the interior of a Greco-Pompeian-style music room for American millionaire Henry Gurdon Marquand’s Madison Avenue mansion. The finished room and its extraordinary suite of furniture and textiles drew extensive attention and commentary on both sides of the Atlantic. The evocative interior was to be short lived, however, as its contents were dispersed at public…

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Olmsted’s Trenton Designs

September 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Trenton, New Jersey Trenton, New Jersey + Google Map
$120 - $150

House built in 1911 in Cadwalader Heights. Photo courtesy of Cadwalader Heights Neighborhood Association   Olmsted’s Trenton Designs Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. After an early lunch in Trenton, NJ, this bus tour will take us to Cadwalader Park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1890-92. His plan for the park left intact Ellerslie, an 1848 Italianate villa that is now the Trenton City Museum. An exhibit about Olmsted and his work will be on display there. Olmsted also…

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