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The Bowery: New York City’s Oldest Street

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 […]

Considering Connecticut

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 […]

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

5 West 63rd Street 5 West 63rd Street, New York

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 […]

$5 – $10

Holiday Open Houses North Of NYC

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 & […]

$155 – $185

A History of The Victorian Dolls’ House: Living Large in a Small Home

Svenska Kyrkan 5 East 48th Street, New York

This lecture on the history of antique dolls' houses and miniatures will follow the fascination of the small as a part of Victorian life from a candy container miniature or a fairing, to a small box of miniature toys a child might have to a large grand dolls' house. We will see a doll pantry, […]

Happy Birthday, John Ruskin! Ruskin’s Influence on American Architecture

A lecture by Richard Guy Wilson Organized by the Victorian Society In America Director, VSA Newport Summer School and Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia Thursday, February 6th, 6:30pm The Bob and Sheila Hoerle Lecture Hall The New School University Center, UL 105 63 Fifth Avenue, New York RSVP by Tuesday, February 4 to admin@vsasummerschools.org   Discover […]

Young Victorians Historic Pub Crawl

Dear Young Victorians, We’re pleased to invite you to our first ever historic pub crawl! An afternoon of merriment is guaranteed to all as we explore some of New York’s oldest institutions and drink like true Victorians. When: Saturday February 8th, 1pm - 4pm Where: Meet-up point to will be announced to those who RSVP. […]

The Decorated Tenement

The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen 20 W 44th St, New York

Zachary J. Violette focuses on what he calls the “decorated tenement,” a wave of new buildings constructed by immigrant builders and architects who remade the slum landscapes of the Lower East Side of Manhattan and the North and West Ends of Boston in the late nineteenth century. Drawing on research and fieldwork of more than […]

$5 – $10

Margot Gayle Fund Concert

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 […]

How the Emerald Oasis Came to Be

5 East 48th Street 5 East 48th Street, New York

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 […]

Croquet’s Cheating Women

5 East 48th Street 5 East 48th Street, New York

Update: Due to concern for the spread of COVID-19, the Victorian Society New York will be postponing all spring events.  We will continue to monitor developments and remain grateful to all who are working to mitigate this growing health concern. When possible, we hope to be able to reschedule all our postponed events. Thank you […]

Virtual Lecture – Dreicer & Co: Forgotten Jewelers of the Gilded Age

Virtual Lecture - Dreicer & Co: Forgotten Jewelers of the Gilded Age Please join us for an online lecture via Zoom video conferencing. Wednesday May 6th 6:30 PM Please RSVP on Eventbrite to receive the event link. This lecture will explore the history of elite jewelry firm Dreicer & Company. Founded by Jewish immigrants shortly […]

Emerging Scholars Lecture

Update: Due to concern for the spread of COVID-19, the Victorian Society New York will be rescheduling all spring events. We will continue to monitor developments and remain grateful to all who are working to mitigate this health concern. Thank you for your understanding. VSNY is making plans for its annual "Emerging Scholars" event this […]

Crying the News: A History of America’s Newsboy – With Prof. Vincent DiGirolamo

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:00 PM - 7 PM EDT on Zoom   ABOUT THIS EVENT Join Baruch College history professor Vincent DiGirolamo in a discussion of his award-winning pictorial study of Victorian America’s most omniferent and unshushable creation: the newsboy. DiGirolamo will visually trace the shifting fortunes and influence of these “little merchants” from […]

Elevating the Potter’s Art: James Carr & His New York City Pottery

Display of James Carr, a Father of the American Ceramics Industry, at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial   Monday, October 12, 2020 6:00 PM – 7 PM EST on Zoom English immigrant potter James Carr (1820–1904) operated a factory on Manhattan’s west side from 1855 to 1889. Like other American pottery manufacturers, he struggled against great […]

Victorian Era through Contemporary Artists’ Lenses

A Conversation with Stephen Berkman and Stacy Renee Morrison about Photography, Shimmel Zohar, and Sylvia DeWolf Ostrander Wednesday, October 28, 2020 6:00 PM – 7 PM EST on Zoom   About this Event Predicting the Past, Zohar Studios: The Lost Years Predicting the Past takes us on a discursive journey through the nineteenth century into […]

Faces of Civil War Nurses – With Ronald S. Coddington

Women's stories of the Civil War told through letters, diaries, pension files, and newspaper and government reports. Wednesday, November 11, 2020 6:00 PM – 7 PM EST on Zoom   ABOUT THIS EVENT During the American Civil War, women on both sides of the conflict, radiating patriotic fervor equal to their male counterparts, contributed to […]

Slavery and Resistance in New York

Two New Books Shed Light on 19th-Century Complicity and Activism Monday, November 16, 2020 6:00 PM – 7 PM EST on Zoom About this Event Congress banned American participation in the transatlantic slave trade in 1808, but fifty years later the United States was still steeped in the traffic. By this stage, the trade’s home […]

Restless Enterprise: The Art & Life of Eliza Greatorex – With Dr. Katherine Manthorne

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 6:00 PM – 7 PM EST on Zoom ABOUT THIS EVENT Once called "the first artist of her sex in America," Eliza Greatorex emigrated from Ireland and went on to document the Hudson Valley, NYC, Colorado, Germany, France, Italy and Morocco in paintings, prints, books and drawings. She did all this […]

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Transformations in Department Store Design, 1880–1920   Thursday, December 17, 2020 6:00 PM – 7 PM EST on Zoom About this Event This talk will time-travel to the department stores’ golden era when display professionals transformed the shopping experience through design innovation. At the turn of the twentieth century, architects, window dressers, shopfitters, and interior […]