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Victorian Society New York Free Lecture Series
Lectures are made possible by a generous donation from Lewis I. Haber and dues from Chapter members. Join today!

By Laura Vookies
Thursday, April 21, 2016
6:30 p.m
Meet-the-Speaker Reception to follow

Laura Vookles, Chief Curator of Collections at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, explores the Victorian fascination with this fabulous bird. With its fan of hundreds of feathers, the strutting peacock embodies beauty of color, line, drama, the lure of sex and ambiguous feelings of splendor. Based on the 2014 exhibition, this talk will address art's love-hate relationship with the iconic avian from ancient times through the present.

Location: English Speaking Union, 144 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016
Admission: Free; no reservations required. Seating is limited and early arrival is recommended.


By Esther Crain
Thursday, May 12, 2016
6:30 p.m.
Meet-the-Speaker Reception to follow

Esther Crain, writer, editor, founder of the website Ephemeral New York and a native New Yorker, will share the city's past through photographs, letters, newspaper clippings and other historical documents. Referencing her book, New York City in 3D in the Gilded Age, published in 2013, Ms. Crain will investigate the daily lives of the rich and poor during the city's most transformative era.

Location: English Speaking Union, 144 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016
Admission: Free; no reservations required. Seating is limited and early arrival is recommended.



Only current VSNY member receive priority notification by mail for tours. To learn more about becoming a VSNY member or to renew, please click here.

Highlighting Clinton Hill
Saturday, May 7, 2016
1 p.m.

Early Clinton Hill was a suburban retreat for the prosperous shippers and factory owners whomade their fortunes in Wallabout. By the late 1880s, “The Hill” was home to some of the city’s wealthiest people, their fortunes made in oil, industry and finance. Everyone wanted to live on The Hill near the homes of its “First Family,” the Pratts. The result is a neighborhood with someof the finest and most varied forms of residential architecture in the city, with large mansions, elegant row houses and impressive churches.Join architectural historian and writer Suzanne Spellen (“Montrose Morris” on and architect and historian Morgan Munsey as we explore this great neighborhood.

This tour is limited to 30 participants
Admission: $25 for VSNY members, $35 for nonmembers
Paid reservations must be received by Monday, May 2

Centuries of Long Island Legacies
Saturday, May 21, 2016
8:30 a.m.

Join us as we learn about the rich history of Long Island life through the centuries. The first stop on our bus tour will be the Sands-Willets House, a classic example of 18th- and 19th-century Long Island farm houses. The first part of the house was built in the early 1700s by original settlers of the area. Edmund Willets added the Greek Revival portion after buying thehouse in 1845, enlarging it to 18 rooms. Next up is Old Westbury Gardens, the 200-acre estate of John S. Phipps. Completed in 1906, the 23-room mansion designed by George S. Crawley is surrounded by formal gardens and landscaped grounds. After lunch we will visit Old Bethpage Village Restoration. The 209-acre site is a living history museum of more than 50 houses, barns and other buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries that were saved from demolition by being moved here. Included are numerous buildings from the Victorian era and one of the oldest remaining Dutch farm houses in the U.S.

This tour is limited to 47 participants
Admission: $125 for VSNY members, $155 for nonmembers
Paid reservations must be received by Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Participants in our educational tours must be in excellent health and able to participate safely in the activities involved. If you have any doubt about your ability to participate fully due to health conditions or disabilities, contact Victorian Society New York at or (212) 886-3742. Victorian Society New York reserves the right to decline to accept or refuse to retain any person as a member of our tours at any time

Special Events

The Victorian Society New York 49th Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony

After the presentation, members and guests are invited to a catered reception where they can meet the award recipients.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Union Theological Seminary 3041 Broadway (at West 121st Street) New York, New York 10027

Advanced paid reservations required.
Free for Victorian Society New York Members. To reserve your space, please email with the words “Annual Meeting RSVP” in the subject line.
$25 for Non-Member Guests

Photo by Foad Torshizi

Margot Gayle Fund Grant Deadline

Applications for the 2016 The Margot Gayle Fund for the Preservation of Victorian Heritage grants are due Sunday, February 14, 2016.  Download 2016 Margot Gayle Fund Application PDF




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