The Preservation Society of Newport County will present a series of lectures by the Directors of some of the country’s most prominent historic house museums this summer. The Summer Lecture Series is sponsored by ALEX AND ANI. Advance registration is required for all lectures, online at www.NewportMansions.org/Learn/Lectures, or by calling 401-847-1851.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Dr. Deborah Emont Scott, President & CEO, The Taft Museum of Art
Four Families, a House, and a Presciently Leveraged Collection
One of the finest small art museums in the country is housed in a National Historic Landmark, built in 1820, where William H. Taft accepted his presidential nomination in 1908. The Taft family amassed a tremendous art collection which they bequeathed along with the house to the city of Cincinnati in 1927. A reception follows the lecture. Admission is $10 for Preservation Society members, $15 for the general public.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The David B. and Pamela Ford Lecture
Ian Wardropper, Executive Director, The Frick Collection
From Coal Dust to Gilt-Edged: Henry Clay Frick’s Evolution as a Collector
As industrialist Henry Clay Frick’s fortune grew, he began collecting contemporary American, French, and British art for Clayton, his Pittsburgh house. By the time he moved to New York around 1900 he was assembling one of the finest Old Master art collections in the world. Learn about the mansions he built around the art that he loved. A reception follows the lecture. Admission is $10 for Preservation Society members, $15 for the general public.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Kate Markert, Executive Director, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Marjorie Merriweather Post & the Treasures of Hillwood
Marjorie Merriweather Post lived a Gilded Age lifestyle well into the 20th century, traveling between her Washington DC estate Hillwood, her summer retreat in the Adirondacks, and Mar-a-Lago, her winter home in Palm Beach. Take a virtual tour through Hillwood, learn more about this fascinating woman, and get a peek into her unparalleled collection of historic and 20th century jewelry. A reception follows the lecture. Admission is $10 for Preservation Society members, $15 for the general public.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
The John G. Winslow Lecture
Colin Bailey, Director, The Morgan Library & Museum
Mr. Morgan’s Library
Designed by Charles McKim and considered by many to be his masterpiece, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, adjacent to his NYC home. The Italian Renaissance-style palazzo with three magnificent rooms epitomized America’s Age of Elegance. In 1924, J.P. Morgan fulfilled his father’s dream by making the library public. A reception follows the lecture. Admission is $15 for Preservation Society members, $20 for the general public.