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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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May 2017

Clubbing at the Century Association

May 6, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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October 2017

Henry Holiday and the Windows of The Church of the Holy Trinity

October 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street
New York, NY United States
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Henry Holiday and the Windows of The Church of the Holy Trinity Henry Holiday, painter, stained glass designer, illustrator, sculptor and a Pre-Raphaelite, was well known in his native England. Holiday also enjoyed great success in New York, designing more than 30 windows, including the 17 in the Church of the Holy Trinity.   George Bryant, Holiday scholar, explains the artist’s success by tracing his career, his artistic development and his cultivation of a small but loyal set of influential…

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Beyond the Grid: Manhattan’s Audubon Park Neighborhood

October 21, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
$25 - $40

Audubon Park in February 1899 with six houses recently completed by builder Francis J. Snugg. Photo courtesy of Matthew Spady and Scott Robinson. Beyond the Grid: Manhattan's Audubon Park Neighborhood From 1841-1864, the 21 acres north of 155th street were the farmstead of John James Audubon, who is remembered for his paintings of America’s birds. Audubon Park Alliance Director Matthew Spady will lead a tour of this historic district focusing on such architectural gems as the American Academy of Arts…

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November 2017

John Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London

November 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street
New York, NY United States
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John Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London Coinciding with the upcoming Bard Graduate Center’s exhibition, Susan Weber, founder and director of the Bard and exhibition co-curator, examines John Lockwood Kipling’s life as designer, architectural sculptor, curator, educator, illustrator and journalist. This lecture will illuminate the unrecognized genius of Lockwood Kipling and his involvement with the Lahore Museum, his journalism over 25 years in India and his influence over his son, the writer and poet Rudyard Kipling.…

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December 2017

Holiday Cheer In Bethlehem, PA

December 2, 2017 @ 8:30 am
Bethlehem, PA Bethlehem, PA + Google Map
$135 - $175

Bethlehem, PA street decorated for the holidays. Photo courtesy of www.HistoricBethlehem.org   Holiday Cheer In Bethlehem, PA Bethlehem, PA, calls itself Christmas City, USA and posts decorated trees on nearly every street during the holiday season. At the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, housed in a 1741 log structure, we’ll learn about the early days in the settlement—and have to climb a flight of stairs because there is no elevator. Next we will make quick stops inside the 1744 Single Sisters’…

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A New York Christmas – Ho Ho Ho at Gothamtide

December 14, 2017 @ 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 New York Christmas - Ho Ho Ho at Gothamtide Celebrate the holiday season with Sibyl McCormack Groff, author and historian, who is known locally as “Queen Santa,” as she demonstrates the importance of New York as the Christmas Capital. She explores places to visit during Gothamtide, with its hidden treasures and delectable treats.   This talk reveals the diversity of the holiday season with anecdotes and stories, while exploring the holiday traditions of the diverse cultures that created this…

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February 2018

Ladies of The Ticker: Women of Wall Street

February 8 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street
New York, NY United States
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This lecture will feature speaker George Robb, a professor of history at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Long overlooked in histories of finance, women played an essential role in areas such as banking and the stock market during the late 19th-and early 20th-centuries. Yet their presence sparked ongoing controversy. Professor Robb's pioneering study published in 2017 by the University of Illinois Press sheds light on the financial methods, accomplishments and careers of three generations of women during this pivotal…

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Summer School Lecture: The Greatest Victorian Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright and Newport, Rhode Island

February 14 @ 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 Greatest Victorian Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright and Newport, Rhode Island”

A lecture by Richard Guy Wilson

FREE
Wednesday, February 14
6:00 PM
Jefferson Market Library
425 Avenue of the Americas
New York

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Brunch at the Oscar Wilde Bar

February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Oscar Wilde Bar, 45 W 27th
New York, NY 10001 United States
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$65

Enjoy an alcoholic beverage and a three-course meal in a private room in the ornately decorated Oscar Wilde Bar. During our brunch, Russell Needham will enlighten us on how the establishment that celebrates the legendary English author and wit came to be filled with an unusual collection of antiques. The bar is near Tin Pan Alley, and George Calderaro will describe the initiative to save this historic streetscape.     This tour is limited to 32 participants. Fees: $65 for…

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March 2018

Hidden History of LGBT Victorian New York

March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street
New York, NY United States
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The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, founded in 2015, is the first cultural heritage initiative to document historic LGBT spaces in the city’s five boroughs. The panelists will focus on sites from the 1840s to the 1920s. Special attention will be given to the project’s work in amending the National Register of Historic Places nomination of the Alice Austen House in Staten Island. Other sites include Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn residence and the Henry Street Settlement, co-founded by progressive reformer Lillian…

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April 2018

From Zuni to Boston: Rediscovering Isabel and Larz Anderson’s Eclectic Collection

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street
New York, NY United States
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Please Join us for a lecture from Stephen T. Moskey and Isabel L. Taube. Isabel Weld Perkins (1876–1948) and Larz Anderson (1866–1937) were a wealthy, well-connected, cosmopolitan, and intellectually curious Gilded Age couple who traveled the globe assembling a collection of objects that they displayed in their homes in Brookline, Massachusetts, and Washington, DC. They regarded themselves as citizens of the world and visually reinforced this idea with the arrangements of their collection in their homes. After an introduction to…

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Margot Gayle Benefit Lecture

April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Estonian House, 243 East 34th Street
New York, NY 10016 United States
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Terra Cotta - Don't Take it for Granite A Lecture by Susan Tunick to benefit The Margot Gayle Fund for the Preservation of Victorian Heritage Susan Tunick is an authority on terra cotta, an artist in the medium and president of Friends of Terra Cotta. She is the author of Terra-Cotta Skyline, Paris and the Legacy of French Architectural Ceramics and Terra Cotta…Don’t Take It for Granite. She was guest curator for “Uncommon Clay: New Jersey’s Architectural Terra Cotta Industry”…

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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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