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.

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November 2019

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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Everybody’s Doin’ It: Sex, Music and Dance in Victorian New York

November 18 @ 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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$5 – $10

Prostitution was big business in New York up to World War I, and where sex workers plied their trade, there was generally dancing and music. Musicologist and author Dale Cockrell’s lecture, based on his new book, Everybody’s Doin’ It: Sex, Music, and Dance in New York, 1840-1917 (W. W. Norton), will explore New York’s Victorian meeting places where sex, drink, music and dance mingled. Spirited live music, whether played by a single pianist or a small band, was enjoyed nightly in…

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December 2019

Holiday Open Houses North Of NYC

December 8
$155 – $185

Our bus tour to Newburgh will take us into 10 sites that will be decorated for the holidays. The first “open house” on our tour will be one we visited before—but in an undecorated state—the former David Crawford mansion. It is now a museum and the headquarters of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay & the Highlands. Our bus will then take us to nine privately owned sites. In the course of the afternoon we’ll see architectural gems, mansions and…

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