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.
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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.Find out more »
“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 firstname.lastname@example.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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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.…Find out more »
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…Find out more »