The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

The Victorian Society New York sponsors a series of lectures at the Bard Graduate Center at 38 West 86th Street in Manhattan (unless noted otherwise on the event listing). No reservations are required for the free lectures. Attendees are invited to meet the speakers at pre-lecture receptions.
Victorian Society New York Free Lecture Series is made possible by a generous donation from Christopher Broadwell and Lewis I. Haber and dues from Chapter members. Join today!

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February 2019

A Victorian Dog’s Life – American Kennel Club Museum Tour

February 23 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The American Kennel Club has a new museum devoted to dogs. On our museum tour, we will learn how 19th-century artists immortalized humans’ best friends with portraiture and sculpture as well as what a dog’s life was like in Victorian times— how animals were bred, trained, housed and shown. We will also see how owners’ expectations have evolved. $25 FOR VSNY MEMBERS $35 FOR NONMEMBERS       Victorian Dog's Life Member $25.00 USD Non-member $35.00 USD

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March 2019

The Making of a Modern Museum: The Hewitt Sisters

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th St
New York, NY 10024 United States
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When New Yorkers utter the phrase “Cooper Hewitt,” it typically brings to mind the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, housed in Andrew Carnegie’s mansion on 91st Street and Fifth Avenue. Far less renowned are the institution’s 19th-century women patrons, who made their family names synonymous with achievements in art and design. Sue Shutte, the historian at Ringwood Manor in Ringwood, New Jersey (the Hewitt family’s longtime country home), will bring deserved attention back to three sisters, Amy, Sarah and Eleanor…

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Margot Gayle Fund Benefit

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Grolier Club, 49 East 60th Street
New York, New York
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To benefit the Margot Gayle Fund for the Preservation of Victorian Heritage, the Victorian art of wrapping rooms in spectacular panoramas will be the topic of scholar Nicole M. Mullen’s talk, “French Scenic Wallpaper.” Mullen, the curator of SFO Museum at the San Francisco International Airport, is working on a double-feature SFO exhibition of Zuber’s French panoramic wallpaper and late 19th-century Victorian wallpaper featuring the contemporary maker Bradbury & Bradbury, which opens July 2019. Her talk will explore how 19th-century…

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Queen Victoria’s High Tea

March 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Oscar Wilde Bar, 45 W 27th
New York, NY 10001 United States
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Anticipate the celebration of Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday with High Tea in a private room at the Oscar Wilde Bar, a renowned establishment that has been dubbed “the most elaborately decorated pub in New York City.”  Our High Tea begins with a glass of sherry or port. This will be followed by three courses: 1) scones with clotted cream, 2) a selection of four tea sandwiches, 3) four choices of petit-fours, tartlets, cookies. And pots of tea (four selections). A…

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April 2019

Born Too Soon, Born Too Late: Mabel Loomis Todd, Millicent Todd Bingham and Their Upside-Down Victorian Sensibilities

April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen, 20 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036 United States
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This lecture is co-sponsored with and will be held at The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen.  20 WEST 44TH STREET, BETWEEN 5TH AND 6TH AVENUES RECEPTION AT 6:00 LECTURE AT 6:30 Julie Dobrow, a Tutts University professor, will speak about the mixed-up Victorian sensibilities and fascinating lives of Mabel Loomis Todd, Emily Dickinson’s first editor, and her daughter Millicent Todd Bingham. Todd lived the majority of her life in the 19th century but confided to her diary her belief…

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May 2019

Emerging Scholars

May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Sotheby’s Institute, 570 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022 United States
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This lecture will be held at Sotheby’s Institute, 570 Lexington Avenue (51st Street). VSNY will present three 15-minute talks by current university students or recent graduates about 19th-century and early-20th-century culture. Potential topics include literature, architecture, theater, fine and decorative art, politics, manufacturing, education, gender roles, reform movements, fashion, and food. Deadline for proposals is March 10 (preference given to American/New York topics). Email 200-word summary and CV to Speakers’ remunerations include lively and delicious restaurant dinner with historians and…

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Preservation in the Hudson Highlands Tour

May 11

The first stop on this bus tour will be Cold Spring, the site of an iron foundry that operated from 1811- 1911 supplying artillery to the West Point Military Academy across the Hudson River. We will start our exploration of the town with a walking tour of its historic district. Then we will have lunch at the Hudson House, built in 1832. After lunch the bus will take us to Boscobel in nearby Garrison, an 1804 house that was demolished…

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June 2019

Hudson Valley House Delights Tour

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Departing by train from Grand Central Station, we will visit two prominent Victorian homes on the Hudson, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside and the Gould family’s Lyndhurst. is tour is walking intensive; we will walk from the Irvington station to Sunnyside and then Lyndhurst via the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. Walking shoes/sneakers required. Lunch can be brought from home, or purchased at Zarrilli’s Deli in Irvington. $75 FOR VSNY MEMBERS $90 FOR NONMEMBERS

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