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Little Syria: A Tour of Downtown Manhattan’s Lost Neighborhood

Little Syria on Manhattan’s Lower West Side was the first major Arab Settlement in the United States. In conjunction with an Arab American Museum exhibition at The Metropolitan College of New York, Joe Svehlak will guide us through what remains of one of New York’s oldest melting pot immigrant communities, home to his own Moravian […]

Margot Gayle Fundraiser

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

The Victorian Society New York invites you to a program to benefit the Margot Gayle Fund for the Preservation of Victorian Heritage. Monday, March 20, 2017, 6:30 p.m. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 346 West 20th Street New York City We will be presenting: - Our Vanishing Legacy, a documentary with commentary from Director Gordon Hyatt […]

Behind the Scenes: Central Park Arsenal Tour

Central Park Arsenal

Join Jonathan Kuhn, Director of Art and Antiquities at the New York City Parks Department, for a tour of The Arsenal (1847-1851)including a trip to the roof! The Arsenal, now the Parks Department headquarters, the Central Park building has a rich history of past uses, including a stint as the American Museum of Natural History. The […]

April Lecture – Race for Distinction: Ocean Liners of the Edwardian Age

The English Speaking Union

German Ocean Liner KRONPRINZESSIN C Originally schedule speaker Matthew Dennison's lecture on Beatrix Potter has been cancelled.   The Industrial Age spawned growth, engineering wonders and a spirited race for size and distinction in many areas.  As the sun set on the 19th century and then began to shine even more brightly in the early years of the […]

Mark Twain’s Hartford Connecticut

Hartford Connecticut

Mark Twain's Hartford House, 1994. Courtesy of the Mark Twain House Founded in 1635, Hartford, CT is one of the oldest cities in the country. Following the Civil War it was the richest city in the country, and author Mark Twain built a magnificent mansion there for his family and lived there from 1874-91. Built […]


Clubbing at the Century Association

7 West 43rd Street

Century Association, 1935. Photo courtesy of The Museum of the City of New York   Jonathan Harding, curator of The Century Association, will lead a tour of one of New York City’s most sophisticated clubhouses. Learn about this quintessentially conversational New York club. Its longtime home on West 43rd Street in Manhattan, built in 1897, […]

$25.00 – $35.00

May Lecture – The Syrian Colony of New York in the 19th Century and the “Lost” Lower West Side

The English Speaking Union

  Immigrants from what was then called “Greater Syria” came to New York beginning in 1880. They settled on the Lower West Side of Manhattan, just steps away from the Battery. In 1890, the community numbered about 2,000 people—the largest Syrian community in the United States. It was also the economic, spiritual and intellectual center […]

50th Annual Business Meeting

Church of the Holy Trinity

Untermyer Gardens, Yonkers NY   Please join us for the Annual Meeting and Awards. At Church of the Holy Trinity 316 East 88th Street between First and Second Avenues New York City After the presentation, members and guests are invited to a reception where they can meet the award recipients. Awards will be presented for […]

Exploring the Media Mix

Provident National Bank, built 1900 by Albert Dilks   Media, PA was incorporated in 1850 at the same time it was named the county seat of Delaware County. Located 13 miles west of Philadelphia, Media retains numerous architectural treasures from the Victorian era. Our tour will explore the grounds of the Delaware County courthouse built […]

$120.00 – $150.00

A Suite for Piano: Alma Tadema and the Marquand Music Room

Church of the Holy Trinity

A Suite for Piano: Alma Tadema and the Marquand Music Room A lecture by Dr. Kathleen Morris In 1884, the celebrated Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema designed the interior of a Greco-Pompeian-style music room for American millionaire Henry Gurdon Marquand’s Madison Avenue mansion. The finished room and its extraordinary suite of furniture and textiles drew extensive […]

Olmsted’s Trenton Designs

Trenton, New Jersey

House built in 1911 in Cadwalader Heights. Photo courtesy of Cadwalader Heights Neighborhood Association   Olmsted’s Trenton Designs Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. After an early lunch in Trenton, NJ, this bus tour will take us to Cadwalader Park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1890-92. His plan for the park left intact Ellerslie, […]

$120 – $150

Henry Holiday and the Windows of The Church of the Holy Trinity

Church of the Holy Trinity

Henry Holiday and the Windows of The Church of the Holy Trinity Henry Holiday, painter, stained glass designer, illustrator, sculptor and a Pre-Raphaelite, was well known in his native England. Holiday also enjoyed great success in New York, designing more than 30 windows, including the 17 in the Church of the Holy Trinity.   George […]

Beyond the Grid: Manhattan’s Audubon Park Neighborhood

Audubon Park

Audubon Park in February 1899 with six houses recently completed by builder Francis J. Snugg. Photo courtesy of Matthew Spady and Scott Robinson. Beyond the Grid: Manhattan's Audubon Park Neighborhood From 1841-1864, the 21 acres north of 155th street were the farmstead of John James Audubon, who is remembered for his paintings of America’s birds. […]

$25 – $40

John Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London

Church of the Holy Trinity

John Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London Coinciding with the upcoming Bard Graduate Center’s exhibition, Susan Weber, founder and director of the Bard and exhibition co-curator, examines John Lockwood Kipling’s life as designer, architectural sculptor, curator, educator, illustrator and journalist. This lecture will illuminate the unrecognized genius of Lockwood Kipling and […]

Holiday Cheer In Bethlehem, PA

Bethlehem, PA

Bethlehem, PA street decorated for the holidays. Photo courtesy of   Holiday Cheer In Bethlehem, PA Bethlehem, PA, calls itself Christmas City, USA and posts decorated trees on nearly every street during the holiday season. At the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, housed in a 1741 log structure, we’ll learn about the early days in […]

$135 – $175

A New York Christmas – Ho Ho Ho at Gothamtide

Church of the Holy Trinity

A New York Christmas - Ho Ho Ho at Gothamtide Celebrate the holiday season with Sibyl McCormack Groff, author and historian, who is known locally as “Queen Santa,” as she demonstrates the importance of New York as the Christmas Capital. She explores places to visit during Gothamtide, with its hidden treasures and delectable treats.   […]

Ladies of The Ticker: Women of Wall Street

Church of the Holy Trinity

This lecture will feature speaker George Robb, a professor of history at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Long overlooked in histories of finance, women played an essential role in areas such as banking and the stock market during the late 19th-and early 20th-centuries. Yet their presence sparked ongoing controversy. Professor Robb's pioneering study published […]

Brunch at the Oscar Wilde Bar

Oscar Wilde Bar

Enjoy an alcoholic beverage and a three-course meal in a private room in the ornately decorated Oscar Wilde Bar. During our brunch, Russell Needham will enlighten us on how the establishment that celebrates the legendary English author and wit came to be filled with an unusual collection of antiques. The bar is near Tin Pan […]


Hidden History of LGBT Victorian New York

Church of the Holy Trinity

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, founded in 2015, is the first cultural heritage initiative to document historic LGBT spaces in the city’s five boroughs. The panelists will focus on sites from the 1840s to the 1920s. Special attention will be given to the project’s work in amending the National Register of Historic Places nomination […]