The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America

The Victorian Society New York has gone digital!!

Due to concerns relating to the spread of COVID-19, the Victorian Society New York will be hosting all lectures online. Please see the events page for info and links to the live lectures. 

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Preservation in the Hudson Highlands Tour

The first stop on this bus tour will be Cold Spring, where an iron foundry operated from 1811-1911 supplying artillery to the West Point Military Academy across the Hudson River. A talk about the town's history will be followed by free time to explore its historic district before lunch at the Hudson House, an inn […]

Queen Victoria’s Birthday Celebration and Awards Ceremony

Papillon Bar and Bistro 22 East 54th Street, New York

The 52nd Annual Meeting this year will celebrate Queen Victoria's 200th Birthday with a lively celebration, while presenting our annual Victorian Society New York awards.  Please join us by RSVP via email @ The event is free to members, guests are welcome to attend for $40.  This admission price includes a one-year Victorian Society […]


Hudson Valley House Delights Tour

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 […]

Plants and Paintings in Philadelphia

Valley of Santa Ysabel by Frederic Edwin Church This tour will focus on accomplishments that preceded the Victorian era. In the morning we will explore Bartram’s Garden, the oldest surviving botanic garden in this country. It was begun in 1728 by John Bartram, a self-taught botanist who collected seeds and plants on travels that took […]

Sugar, Cigars and Revolution: The Making of Cuban New York

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

More than century before the Cuban Revolution of 1959 sparked an exodus that created today’s prominent Cuban American presence, Cubans were settling in New York in what became the largest community of Latin Americans in the 19th-century Northeast. Lisandro Pérez’s new book, Sugar, Cigars, and Revolution: The Making of Cuban New York (NYU Press), brings […]

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   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 […]