The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America info@vicsocny.org

The Victorian Society New York sponsors a series of lectures at the Bard Graduate Center at 38 West 86th Street in Manhattan (unless noted otherwise on the event listing). 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 2019

How Victorian Valentines Made Hearts Soar

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th St
New York, NY 10024 United States
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Nancy Rosin, president of the National Valentine Collectors Association, has made a “passionate obsession” for more than 40 years out of historical love and friendship cards, keepsakes and related ephemera. Her lecture will reveal the visual and structural wonders of Victorian Valentines. Surfaces were richly textured with gilded lace and high-relief embossing, and cards were engineered to turn into three-dimensional forms including battlefield tents and steam engines. Rosin will discuss the cards’ hidden codes of floral motifs, which represented various…

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Margot Gayle Fund Application Deadline

February 14

Margot Gayle with the Jefferson Market Courthouse. Margot Gayle Fund for Preservation of Victorian Heritage Applications are due February 14, 2019. Find out more and apply for a 2019 Margot Gayle Fund grant.

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A Victorian Dog’s Life – American Kennel Club Museum Tour

February 23 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The American Kennel Club has a new museum devoted to dogs. On our museum tour, we will learn how 19th-century artists immortalized humans’ best friends with portraiture and sculpture as well as what a dog’s life was like in Victorian times— how animals were bred, trained, housed and shown. We will also see how owners’ expectations have evolved. $25 FOR VSNY MEMBERS $35 FOR NONMEMBERS

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March 2019

The Making of a Modern Museum: The Hewitt Sisters

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th St
New York, NY 10024 United States
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When New Yorkers utter the phrase “Cooper Hewitt,” it typically brings to mind the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, housed in Andrew Carnegie’s mansion on 91st Street and Fifth Avenue. Far less renowned are the institution’s 19th-century women patrons, who made their family names synonymous with achievements in art and design. Sue Shutte, the historian at Ringwood Manor in Ringwood, New Jersey (the Hewitt family’s longtime country home), will bring deserved attention back to three sisters, Amy, Sarah and Eleanor…

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April 2019

Born Too Soon, Born Too Late: Mabel Loomis Todd, Millicent Todd Bingham and Their Upside-Down Victorian Sensibilities

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen, 20 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036 United States
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This lecture is co-sponsored with and will be held at The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen.  20 WEST 44TH STREET, BETWEEN 5TH AND 6TH AVENUES RECEPTION AT 6:00 LECTURE AT 6:30 Julie Dobrow, a Tutts University professor, will speak about the mixed-up Victorian sensibilities and fascinating lives of Mabel Loomis Todd, Emily Dickinson’s first editor, and her daughter Millicent Todd Bingham. Todd lived the majority of her life in the 19th century but confided to her diary her belief…

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May 2019

Emerging Scholars

May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sotheby’s Institute, 570 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022 United States
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This lecture will be held at Sotheby’s Institute, 570 Lexington Avenue (51st Street). VSNY will present three 15-minute talks by current university students or recent graduates about 19th-century and early-20th-century culture. Potential topics include literature, architecture, theater, fine and decorative art, politics, manufacturing, education, gender roles, reform movements, fashion, and food. Deadline for proposals is March 10 (preference given to American/New York topics). Email 200-word summary and CV to info@vicsocny.org. Speakers’ remunerations include lively and delicious restaurant dinner with historians and…

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Preservation in the Hudson Highlands Tour

May 11

The first stop on this bus tour will be Cold Spring, the site of an iron foundry that operated from 1811- 1911 supplying artillery to the West Point Military Academy across the Hudson River. We will start our exploration of the town with a walking tour of its historic district. Then we will have lunch at the Hudson House, built in 1832. After lunch the bus will take us to Boscobel in nearby Garrison, an 1804 house that was demolished…

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June 2019

Hudson Valley House Delights Tour

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Departing by train from Grand Central Station, we will visit two prominent Victorian homes on the Hudson, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside and the Gould family’s Lyndhurst. is tour is walking intensive; we will walk from the Irvington station to Sunnyside and then Lyndhurst via the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. Walking shoes/sneakers required. Lunch can be brought from home, or purchased at Zarrilli’s Deli in Irvington. $75 FOR VSNY MEMBERS $90 FOR NONMEMBERS

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