The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

Please note this year lecture locations may vary.  Be sure to check the listing to see where the lecture will be held.

Also please be aware that due to increased costs, we are asking our members and non-members to pay a nominal fee for lectures.

Members are asked to pay $5 and non-members $10. 

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March 2020

Margot Gayle Fund Concert

March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Victorian Society New York invites you to a concert to benefit the Margot Gayle Fund for the Preservation of Victorian Heritage. Monday March 9th at 6:30 - 8:30 pm Bloomingdale School of Music 323 W 108th St, New York, NY 10025 Doors at 6:30 pm Performance begins at 6:45 pm in the David Greer Recital Hall Reception to follow Tickets: $50 - $1,000 From parlor to porch and from pleasure garden to concert hall, Linda Russell sings the tunes…

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How the Emerald Oasis Came to Be

March 24 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
5 East 48th Street, 5 East 48th Street
New York, NY 10017
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The Central Park: Original Designs for New York's Greatest Treasure (Abrams), a new book by New York City Municipal Archives conservator and art historian Cynthia S. Brenwall, is an eye-opening and magisterial study of how Manhattan’s beloved oasis was born. Based on previously unpublished documentation of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s visions, Brenwall’s lecture will explore original competition entries and designs for buildings, fixtures, and infrastructure that created pastoral and seemingly primeval landscapes. She will offer insights into how much engineering…

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April 2020

Croquet’s Cheating Women

April 21 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
5 East 48th Street, 5 East 48th Street
New York, NY 10017
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In the 1860s, the British sport of croquet caught on in America, “especially with Ladies,” as one newspaper put it. Although the outdoor activity was supposedly noncompetitive and centered on socializing, it actually stirred up bitter arguments, particularly about women’s behavior on the lawns. Jon Sterngass, a Saratoga Springs-based writer specializing in children's nonfiction, has uncovered evidence that certain croquet strokes were perceived as a form of symbolic castration, and that women were constantly accused of cheating at croquet by…

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May 2020

Emerging Scholars Lecture

May 20

The Victorian Society New York will present young historians (proposal deadline March 10) at its annual "Emerging Scholars" event on May 20. We support scholarship about every aspect of 19th-century and early-20th-century culture, including literature, architecture, theater, fine and decorative art, politics, manufacturing, education, gender roles, reform movements, fashion, and food. Recent topics for emerging scholars have included celluloid collar advertisements, New York brothel furniture and a mining tycoon's luxurious dinnerware. Current university students or recent graduates will give 15-minute presentations. Deadline for 200-word proposals (preference given to…

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