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The Victorian Society New York sponsors a series of lectures at the Bard Graduate Center at 38 West 86th Street 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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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
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$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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51st Annual Business Meeting

May 30 @ 6:30 pm
Church of the Incarnation, 209 Madison Avenue
New York, NY
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$25

Please join us for the Annual Meeting and Awards. After the presentation, members and guests are invited to a reception where they can meet the award recipients. Event is Free for members Guest rate $ 25.00 Please RSVP to membership@vicsocny.org

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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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September 2018

East in Eden: William Niblo and His Pleasure Garden of Yore

September 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
38 West 86th Street, 38 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
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  "Image Courtesy of The Collection of Tom Burnett" William Niblo, an Irish immigrant to New York City at the end of the 18th century, rose from his initial position in the hostelry and tavern business in Lower Manhattan to found an immensely popular "coffee house," and then opened an enormous pleasure garden in the London tradition at the northern limits of the populated City in 1828. Initially mostly an outdoor place of leisurely entertainment and recreation of middle class…

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Glimpses of the Historic Hamptons

September 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

A chartered bus will take us to a private home in Southampton. It boasts one of the best collections of 19th-century Aesthetic Movement paintings, ceramics and furnishings in the area and is rarely open to the public. From there we go to East Hampton for lunch. In the afternoon, we will have a guided tour of the Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, which just opened to the public on July 3 after a five-year $4.5-millon restoration. The first artists’…

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October 2018

The Secret Surgery on Grover Cleveland: Cancer and Politics in the Gilded Age

October 4 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th St
New York, NY 10024 United States
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Free

On July 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland boarded a friend’s yacht, sailed into the calm blue waters of Long Island Sound and disappeared. The events of the next five days were so incredible that even when the truth was revealed, many Americans simply would not believe it. Matthew Algeo, author of The President is a Sick Man, will discuss this extraordinary unknown chapter in American history: Cleveland’s secret cancer surgery and the brazen political cover-up which followed. Please RSVP here.…

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Comfortably Explore Woodlawn Cemetery

October 27 @ 10:45 am

Photo by Jim Henderson.   Join us for a trolley tour of The Woodlawn Cemetery, a 400-acre destination in the northern part of the Bronx. Designed by James C. Sidney in the rural style on rolling hills, the nonsectarian cemetery opened during the Civil War in 1863. The ceremonial burial there of Admiral David Farragut in 1870 spurred interest in the cemetery, and it became the final resting place of many well known figures in American history. Herman Melville, Thomas…

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November 2018

Treading the Borders: Immigration and the Victorian Stage

November 6 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th St
New York, NY 10024 United States
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Free

Maria Bonfati in the Black Crook. Oil on Canvas. ca. 1866. “Treading the boards” is a colloquial theatrical expression that refers to the wooden planks of the stage upon which performers ply their trade. Dr. Matthew Wittmann, curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection at Hougton Library, will highlight a simple but signficant point – much of the richness and vitality of the performing arts in American derives from creative talent originating elsewhere. The Victorian stage featured a fascinating mix of…

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Walk into Weeksville

November 10

Saturday, November 10, 2 p.m.                                                                     Weeksville blossomed as one of the first free black communities in America, just a bit over a decade after New York State abolished slavery in 1827. The Brooklyn community’s name hails from its founder James Weeks, a stevedore and former slave, who…

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