Victorian Society New York

232 E 11th St, New York, New York 10003


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@Victorian Society New York 2017-08-25

After an early lunch in Trenton, NJ, this bus tour will take us to Cadwalader Park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead in 1890-92. His plan for the park left intact Ellerslie, an 1848 Italianate villa that is now the Trenton City Museum. An exhibit about Olmstead and his work will be on display there. Olmstead also planned the layout of a residential area, Cadwalader Heights, that is adjacent to the park. In addition to being able to see the exhibit and explore the park, tour participants will have the opportunity to enter as many as 10 houses on self-guided walks in Cadwalader Heights. The houses range from cottage to castle in a variety of styles from Colonial Revival to Tudor Revival. This tour is limited to 34 participants Fees: $120 for Victorian Society New York members, $150 for others Paid reservations must be received by Wednesday, September 6 Please see our website for further information!

@Victorian Society New York 2017-08-25

Recently members were invited to a curator led tour of Bard Graduate Center's New York Crystal Palace 1853. Thank you to Caroline Hannah, Associate Curator, Alexis Mucha, Manager of Rights & Reproductions, Gallery Admissions & Retail and all who attended!

@Victorian Society New York 2017-06-09

VSNY Board Members Eve Kahn, John Graham, George Calderaro, and Hilda Regier at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Chelsea. Photo courtesy of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Chelsea, and George Calderaro. Sunday, June 04, 2017 "St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Chelsea did have a lovely service celebrating the completion of a new roof and work on the exterior walls. The people who did the actual work were honored and thanked. Our Board was invited to attend because we gave the church a Margot Gayle grant in 2014 to do a survey of its stained glass windows. This was the first grant the church received and encouraged it to apply for others." - Hilda Regier https://www.flickr.com/photos/victorianny/albums/72157681921868023

@Victorian Society New York 2017-05-23

Reception after the 50th Annual Business Meeting and Awards, May 22, 2017 (See more photos: http://bit.ly/2rrkQ0u) Photo: James Russiello 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 categories including, Exhibition, Publication, Restoration, Preservation, Grassroots Efforts as well as our Margot Gayle Fund Grant Awardees. New Board of Directors members and officers will also be inducted at this time.

@Victorian Society New York 2017-05-22

Thank you to all our members and guests for attending our 50th Annual Meeting on Monday night at the NYC Landmark Church of the Holy Trinity. Photos to come soon. To become a member sign up here www.vicsocny.org

@Victorian Society New York 2017-05-06

Photo: James Russiello; The Victorian Society New York Tour of The Century Association on Saturday, May 6, 2017

@Victorian Society New York 2017-04-20

"Race for Distinction: Ocean Liners of the Edwardian Age," a lecture by author and ship historian William H. Miller Jr on April 20, 2017 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 20th century, an era of greater structural wonders began. Bill Miller, the author of over 100 books on passenger liners and cruise ships as well as a frequent guest speaker about today’s liners, will take us back to the end of the Victorian age when Britain and British passenger ships ruled the seas. Almost suddenly, in 1897, Imperial Germany emerges—with the biggest, fastest and most luxurious liners yet to cross the North Atlantic. It was the age of “the only way to cross.” Miller will take us into the Edwardian Age and to that fateful summer of 1914 that cast Europe into war. Great liners like the Mauretania, Imperator and the immortal Titanic will appear—the ships themselves, their race for distinction, their passengers and of course their luxurious, upper-deck suites and salons.

@Victorian Society New York 2017-03-27

Founded in 1635, Hartford, CT is one of the oldest cities in the country. Follow-ing 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 in the American High Gothic style, it was described as “part steamboat, part medieval forest and part cuckoo clock.” It is where he wrote many of his most famous novels, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Restored and opened as a house museum in 1974, it has been named one of the Ten Best Historic Homes in the world by National Geographic. Join the Victorian Society New York for a tour of this wonderful home where we will have a private tour of the mansion including recent restoration work of the Mahogany Guest Bedroom Suite. We will be treated to a lecture on Mark Twain by Dr. James Golden, the house’s director of education during lunch at the mansion. In the afternoon we will tour the 1854 Italianate Ishram Terry House for a glimpse into the genteel lifestyle of the late 19th century. This tour is limited to 47 participants. Fees: $150 for Victorian Society New York members, $175 for nonmembers Paid reservations must be received by Thursday, April 20 Please Visit our Website for more information

@Victorian Society New York 2017-03-24

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 ancestors. To be seen are the former St. George’s Syrian Melkite Church, Down-town Community House and a few federal townhouses and tenements that remain. The tour will end at the “Little Syria “exhibit. Joe Svehlak, is a native New Yorker, urban historian and preservationist. As a teenage messenger in the 1950s, Joe walked the streets of a different Lower Manhattan. Joe is a preservation advocate for all parts of New York City and remains active with many downtown Manhattan groups including “Friends of the Lower West Side.” Joe is a licensed NYC tour guide with his own custom tour business. Photo: James Russiello #LittleSyria #VicSocNY #VictorianSocietyNewYork

@Victorian Society New York 2017-03-24

The Victorian Society New York Behind-the-Scenes Access To the Central Park Arsenal tour (Wednesday, March 22, 2017) led by Jonathan Kuhn, Director of Art & Antiquities at the New York City Parks Department, of The Arsenal (1847-1851). Now the Parks Department headquarters, the Central Park building has a rich history of past uses, including as the American Museum of Natural History. The Arsenal was designed by Martin E. Thompson (1786–1877), architect of The Second Branch Bank of the United States (1824), formerly on Wall Street (now the centerpiece of the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and The Kellogg Club (1838) in Morristown, NJ. Mr. Kuhn pointed out significant alterations to the building by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses, including the WPA-era murals (1935) by Allen Saalburg, and views of Central Park. Also on the agenda is a curated tour of the exhibition Zane York: Nature Morte (March 9–April 27, 2017).

@Victorian Society New York 2017-03-23

Just one more picture from the Margot Gayle Fundraiser. Board members with a few awardees from 2016 Margot Gayle Fund.

@Victorian Society New York 2017-03-22

A few photos from our Margot Gayle Fundraiser. Thank you to all presenters and attendees! Thank you Franklin Headley for the photos!

@Victorian Society New York 2017-03-21

Thank you to all that attended and presented last night at our Margot Gayle Fundraiser, and for our hosts St. Peters Chelsea.

@Victorian Society New York 2017-03-20

The Victorian Society New York's program to benefit the Margot Gayle Fund for the Preservation of Victorian Heritage (Monday, March 20, 2017) at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 346 West 20th Street New York City – Our Vanishing Legacy, a documentary with commentary from Director Gordon Hyatt – St. Peter’s Church Chelsea, a look at its restoration by The Rev. Stephen Harding – Wyckoff-Sneidicker Family Cemetery Restoration, research reports by Brooke Fernandez and Samantha Zavala The Margot Gayle Fund for the Preservation of Victorian Heritage was established in 2003 and enables the Metropolitan Chapter to make monetary grants for projects for preservation or conservation of Victorian material culture in the New York Metropolitan area.

@Victorian Society New York 2017-03-09

The Victorian Society New York celebrated Women's History Month with a presentation on "Remembering Victorian Women," a presentation at the English Speaking Union by Lydia Murdoch, Professor of History and Director of The Victorian Studies Program at Vassar College at Poughkeepsie, New York. The presentation was on "From imaginings of the “Angel in the House” to falsely attributed accounts of the Queen’s advice to “lie back and think of England,” popular representations of Victorian women tend to fall into overly simplified gender distinctions. Current society perceives Victorian women as corseted and caged in crinolines, protected from the worlds of politics, business and war within their domestic sphere. By exploring the lives of three Victorian women—Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Hannah Cullwick and Mary Seacole." Lydia Murdoch, Professor of History and Director of Victorian Studies at #VassarCollege, and author of Daily Life of Victorian Women (2014) and Imagined Orphans: Poor Families, Child Welfare, and Contested Citizenship in London (2006), will unravel the myths and contradictions of Victorian femininity. https://www.flickr.com/photos/victorianny/albums/72157682027676401

@Victorian Society New York 2017-03-09

To celebrate Women's History Month, please join our lecture tonight! Remembering Victorian Women 6:30 pm English Speaking Union, 144 East 39th Street From imaginings of the “Angel in the House” to falsely attributed accounts of the Queen’s advice to “lie back and think of England,” popular representations of Victorian women tend to fall into overly simplified gender distinctions. Current society perceives Victorian women as corseted and caged in crinolines, protected from the worlds of politics, business and war within their domestic sphere. By exploring the lives of three Victorian women—Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Hannah Cullwick and Mary Seacole —Lydia Murdoch, Professor of History and Director of Victorian Studies at Vassar College, and author of Daily Life of Victorian Women (2014) and Imagined Orphans: Poor Families, Child Welfare, and Contested Citizenship in London (2006), will unravel the myths and contradictions of Victorian femininity.

@Victorian Society New York 2017-02-09

Please note that tonight's lecture on The {Disputed} Glories of the High Victorian Garden has been postponed. It has been rescheduled for Feb. 23rd, same time and place. Thank you!!

@Victorian Society New York 2017-02-07

Calling all Young Victorians! Have you registered for our upcoming Young Victorian event at The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass? Lindsay Parrott, Director and Curator, and Morgan Albahary, Curatorial and Collections Assistant, will lead Young Victorian patrons on a tour of the The Neustadt's unique holdings, including a glass archive of more than a quarter million examples of original Tiffany flat glass and glass jewels. Attendees will learn about the materials and fabrication process behind Tiffany's iconic lamps, windows and mosaics. SPECIAL EVENT: The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass Behind the Scenes Tour 5-26 46th Aveune Long Island City Thursday Feb. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission FREE to members; $30 to non-members Please R.S.V.P. by February 10th to [email protected]y.org Light refreshments will be served.

@Victorian Society New York 2016-12-19

Banks absorbed by JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo allowed Southerners seeking loans to use their slaves as collateral and took possession of some of them when their owners defaulted. Like New York Life, Aetna and US Life also sold insurance policies to slave owners, particularly those whose laborers engaged in hazardous work in mines, lumber mills, turpentine factories and steamboats in the industrializing sectors of the South. US Life, a subsidiary of AIG, declined to comment on its slave policy sales. Wachovia, one of Wells Fargo’s predecessor companies, has apologized for its historic ties to slavery as have JPMorgan Chase and Aetna. More than 40 other firms, mostly based in the South, sold such policies, too, though documentation is scarce and most closed their doors generations ago. New York Life survived. Its foray into the slave insurance business did not prove to be lucrative: The company ended up paying out nearly as much in death claims — about $232,000 in today’s dollars — as it received in annual payments. But in the span of about three years, it sold 508 policies, more than Aetna and US Life combined, according to available records.

@Victorian Society New York 2016-12-15

Giuseppe Guidicini: New York Opera Houses and Theaters - Victorian Society New York Lecture by Arlene Palmer Schwind, curator of Victoria Mansion in Portland, ME (December 15, 2016) In 1832 Giuseppe Guidicini, a scenic designer with an opera company, immigrated to New York from Italy. Over the next decades he became famous for his decoration of opera houses and theaters throughout the city, but he also created frescoes and trompe l'oeil paintings in private homes. Arlene Palmer Schwind, curator of Victoria Mansion in Portland, ME, will share her discoveries of his theatrical work. She began her research on Guidicini because he was the artist responsible for wall and ceiling paintings in Victoria Mansion, a private home completed in 1860.


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The Victorian Society New York is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and preservation of our city's 19th-century heritage as well as that of the early 20th century.

Description

Victorian Society New York (VSNY) activities include an active program of free lectures by experts in architecture, decorative arts, fine arts, landscape, literature, and cultural history. We organize tours of special exhibitions, neighborhood walks, and visits to historical sites as well as private homes in greater New York and nearby regions such as the Berkshires, the Hudson River Valley, Fairfield County, Long Island and Cape May. Many of these activities help support scholarships to the national Victorian Society Summer Schools in the United States and England.

General Info

Our lectures are held four times in the fall and spring seasons at 6 p.m. and are followed by a "Meet-the-Speaker" reception. Join us!

Company Overview

The Victorian Society New York (VSNY) is a Chapter of the Victorian Society in America. VSNY is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and preservation of our nineteenth-century heritage as well as that of the early twentieth century (1837-1917). The Metropolitan Chapter, oldest of numerous chapters now flourishing throughout the country, is an independent organization affiliated with the national society.

Mission

VSNY actively promotes preservation of the incomparable wealth of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century historic districts, individual landmarks, interiors and civic art in the New York City area. Past campaigns we have supported include the Jefferson Market Library, Tweed Courthouse, Sailors Snug Harbor, St. Bartholomew's Church, The Sherman Monument, Soho-Cast Iron and Ladies' Mile Historic Districts, and the Seventh Regiment Armory interiors. The Chapter also sponsors an annual awards program to recognize outstanding preservation and scholarly projects.

Founded

Victorian Society New York was founded in 1966 (in New York, New York)

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