The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

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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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

A Walk in Woodhaven

April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wyckoff Snedicker Family Cemetery, 84-45 96th St
Woodhaven, NY 11421
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$20 - $30

The serenity of a spring afternoon in a park-like setting may belie a troubled past. Neglected for nearly a century, the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery was rescued and restored through the efforts of the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society. The grounds were cleared of fallen trees, weeds and garbage. The Victorian Society New York made a small grant from its Margot Gayle Fund for garbage bags to help in the cleanup. The cemetery was created in the 1700s when two neighboring…

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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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