The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

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October 2019

Sugar, Cigars and Revolution: The Making of Cuban New York

October 28 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
5 West 63rd Street, 5 West 63rd Street
New York, New York 10023 United States
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More than century before the Cuban Revolution of 1959 sparked an exodus that created today’s prominent Cuban American presence, Cubans were settling in New York in what became the largest community of Latin Americans in the 19th-century Northeast. Lisandro Pérez’s new book, Sugar, Cigars, and Revolution: The Making of Cuban New York (NYU Press), brings this community to vivid life, tracing how it was formed by both the sugar trade and the long struggle for independence from Spain. Professor Pérez…

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November 2019

The Bowery: New York City’s Oldest Street

November 2 @ 10:30 am

Native American footpath, Dutch farm road and site of the city’s first Free Black homesteads, the Bowery stretches 1.25 miles from Chatham Square to Cooper Square. An early social hub for the working class, gangs, gays and immigrant Irish, Italians, Chinese, Jews and Germans, it was “the most interesting place in New York” to author Stephen Crane. It has important links to Washington, Lincoln, baseball, streetcars, tap dance, tattoo, Yiddish theater, vaudeville, Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin, Harry Houdini and even…

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Considering Connecticut

November 16

We travel to Connecticut to visit the famed Florence Griswold Museum, which was the center of the Old Lyme Art Colony, the main center of development of American Impressionism. Henry Ward Ranger, Childe Hassam, and Willard Metcalf all spent considerable time at the Griswold house and literally left their mark on its doors with their paintings. The two-hour curator-led tour of the complex will provide us with insights into this exciting time in American art history. We then head to…

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