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.
Croquet’s Cheating Women
April 21 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
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 double-tapping, concealing balls under skirts, or hitting while opponents weren’t looking. Sterngass will lecture on how the sport evolved as it was popularized nationwide, and how gender expectations shaped public perceptions. Find out how Victorian women, while posed on pedestals as paragons of virtue, actually played on the grassy courts to win.
Tuesday, April 21
6:15-8 pm (with reception/refreshments)
5 East 48th Street