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In-Person Tour: The Rosen House at Caramoor

At Caramoor 149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Katonah, NY Tickets Here! This expert-led tour will explore Caramoor's spectacular Mediterranean Revival mansion in Katonah, NY, with furnishings including entire rooms imported from Europe and a surprising connection to early electronic music. Finished in 1939 after more than a decade of work, Caramoor was the country estate of […]

In-Person Tour: Crafting Freedom: The Life & Legacy of Free Black Potter, Thomas W. Commeraw

At the New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West Tickets Here! New-York Historical Society curators will give a private tour of the first exhibition dedicated to Thomas Commeraw, a skilled craftsman in Lower Manhattan active from the 1790s to 1819, whose racial identity was long overlooked. Born enslaved, Commeraw rose to prominence as a free […]

2023 Emerging Scholars: The Woman’s Era, Maids’ Uniforms, and artist Maria Richards Oakey Dewing

The Victorian Society's Emerging Scholars Event will be on May 10th, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Jefferson Market Library on 6th Avenue. Free! Registration Required VSNY is pleased to host three scholars, each giving a 20-minute presentation and followed by questions: NYU Costume Studies alumna Juliana Cirillo will explore aspects of ethnicity and class as […]

Margot Gayle Fundraiser: Tour of Hunt Slonem’s Studio

Join Us! Annual VSNY Margot Gayle Fundraiser When: Wednesday, May 24th 2023 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM Where: Hunt Slonem’s Manhattan Studio (location confirmed with ticket purchase) Contemporary artist Hunt Slonem is one of the most collected painters working today. His neo-Expressionist depictions of nature – including his iconic bunnies and parrots  -- are eagerly acquired […]

2023 Annual Meeting & Reception

All are welcome at the Victorian Society New York's Annual Meeting, Awards Showcase, and reception! When: Tuesday June 6th, 6:30 - 8pm Where: Church of the Ascension, 5th Ave & W. 10th Street About the Event: Current members, new members and guests are invited to join us at the lovely and historic Church of the […]

Newport Cottages 1835-1890: The Summer Villas Before the Vanderbilt Era

Step Back in Time and Explore the Newport Cottages from 1835 through 1890, before the Vanderbilt Era In-Person Event & Book Signing Montauk Club 25 Eighth Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11217 Free Tickets Available Here Author Michael Kathrens will present a compelling account of the luxury and splendor of Newport’s nineteenth-century summer “cottages,” the subject […]

Unsung Victorian Women’s Work

Hear from the Curators of Women's Work, a New Exhibition at the New-York Historical Society Jefferson Market Library 425 Sixth Avenue New York, New York 10011 Free Tickets Available Here Allison Robinson and Jeanne Gutierrez, curators of Women's Work, a new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society's Center for Women’s History, will speak on how […]

Brooklyn Arcadia: A Conversation with Author Andrew Garn

Join Photographer and Author Andrew Garn for a Discussion of Brooklyn Arcadia, a New Book Highlighting Brooklyn's Majestic Green-Wood Cemetery Green-Wood Cemetery 500 25th Street Brooklyn, New York 11232 (Enter at the Modern Chapel near the Main Entrance at Fifth Avenue and 25th Street) Free Tickets Available Here Green-Wood Cemetery draws nearly half a million […]

Victorian Carol Sing-Along Holiday Concert & Reception

In Partnership with Friends of the Erben Organ at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral 261 Mott Street, New York, NY Wednesday, December 6th 7:00 pm–9:00 pm We are pleased to join the Friends of the Erben Organ for a merry evening of Victorian-era carols, seasonal music, and readings. Afterward, enjoy festive treats and […]

Max Beerbohm: The Price of Celebrity at the New York Public Library

Enjoy an Exclusive Curator-Led Tour of Max Beerbohm: The Price of Celebrity Wachenheim Gallery, New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building 476 Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street New York, NY 10018 Tickets ($25/$20 for Members) Here! Today we live in a world of celebrity culture, but celebrity became an international industry in the late […]

Walter Scott Lenox and American Belleek

Online Talk! Curator Brian Gallagher Discusses the Exhibition Walter Scott Lenox and American Belleek at The Mint Museum Tickets ($10/$5 for Members) Available Here Brian Gallagher, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, will present noteworthy examples of art porcelain produced in late nineteenth-century Trenton, New Jersey, at the three […]

Pregnancy in the Victorian Novel

Online Talk! Livia Arndal Woods Discusses Pregnancy in British Literature Tickets ($10/$5 Members) Here Livia Arndal Woods will discuss her recent book, Pregnancy in the Victorian Novel, which argues that we need to be attuned to speculation and our own experiences of embodiment to read depictions of women's reproductive capacity in nineteenth-century British literature as […]

La Amistad Mutiny and Long Island

In-Person Talk! Historian Mia Certic Discusses How America's First Civil Rights Case Emerged in Montauk Bloomingdale School of Music 323 West 108th Street New York, NY 10025 Tickets ($10/$5 Members) Here!! In 1839, eight weeks after their dramatic mutiny, 49 trafficked African men aboard the schooner La Amistad dropped anchor off the coast of Montauk, […]

The Peculiar Story of Doesticks and the Fortunetellers

In-Person Talk! The Peculiar Story of Doesticks and the Fortunetellers    Rockwell Gallery at The Salmagundi Club 47 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street) New York, NY 10003 Free Tickets Here!! Who knows what the future holds? Well, on March 7, we’re co-sponsoring a talk about 19th-century NYC fortune tellers with The Greenwich Village Society for Historic […]

Call for Proposals: Emerging Scholars 2024 Program

Submissions Deadline EXTENDED: March 11th, 2024 Program Takes Place May 7th, 2024 in NYC, 6:00–7:30 pm The Metropolitan (New York) Chapter of the Victorian Society invites university student historians and recent graduates to submit proposals by Monday, March 11, 2024, for its annual Emerging Scholars evening program on May 7, 2024. The nonprofit VSNY (, […]

Titanic Discoveries: A Niece’s Journey

In-Person Talk! The Brothers Peracchio Aboard the RMS Titanic   Jefferson Market Library 425 6th Avenue New York, NY 10011 Free Tickets Here!! On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:35 pm; within a few hours, it sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland, taking 1,496 lives. Two of the victims […]

Finding Prospect Park

Finding Prospect Park: A Historic Walking Tour Prospect Park Brooklyn, New York Tickets Here ($20/$15) Join the Victorian Society of New York and Historic Districts Council for a tour through the northern half of Prospect Park, Olmsted and Vaux’s masterpiece. A brief introduction to the park’s history and design will be provided while will investigate […]

Emerging Victorian Scholars Night

Emerging Scholars: Gilded Age Escalators, Windows, and Women on the Rise The Center at West Park 165 West 86th Street New York, NY 10024 Tickets Here!! The Victorian Society New York's 2024 Emerging Scholars winners will shed light on little-known yet influential aspects of Gilded Age culture, activism, and architecture. Sophia Kamps, recent graduate of […]

The “Italian” Angel of Central Park

The “Italian” Angel of Central Park The Story Behind One of NYC's Most Popular Icons Casa Italiana 24 West 12th Street New York, NY 10011 Tickets Here!! Cental Park's Bethesda Fountain, topped by the "Angel of the Waters" sculpture, is one of the most popular icons of New York City. Scenes from countless movies have […]

Victorian Elegance on the Upper West Side

Annual Margot Gayle Fundraiser: Victorian Elegance on the Upper West Side 170 West 74th Street New York, NY 10023 Tickets Here!! Join the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America (Victorian Society New York) for its annual Margot Gayle Fundraiser! This year we will enjoy a private tour of an exquisite, historic Upper West […]