Wednesday, September 30, 2015 6:00 p.m. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
Living Artfully: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post
Estella M. Chung, Head of Oral History, Curator of American Material Culture and Historian, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C.
In this illustrated lecture, author Estella Chung will discuss her book Living Artfully: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post, introducing us to Post’s life in three magnificent homes. From the opulent glamour of Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, to the rustic whimsy of Camp Topridge in the Adirondacks, to the elegant and formally furnished Hillwood estate and gardens in Washington, D.C., Marjorie Post brought to her residences a flawless style of living and entertaining. The personal stories of family, staff, and former guests bring to life the formal dinners, charity events, garden parties, and weekend retreats that made an invitation from Post the most sought after in her time. Ms. Chung will reveal not only the splendor of life in these residences, but also the behind-the-scenes efforts necessary to make it all happen. Admission is $5 for Preservation Society members, $10 for the general public; advance registration required. www.NewportMansions.org/Learn/Lectures, or (401) 847-1851.
Thursday, October 29, 2015 6:00 p.m. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
The William & Jacalyn Egan Lecture: Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color & Light
Lindsy Parrott, Director/Curator, The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass
Louis C. Tiffany used colored glass as a painter uses pigments. This was a radical concept at the turn of the century. It broke with the centuries-old tradition of stained glass where images were painted onto the surface of the glass. Instead, Tiffany and his artisans created “translucent pictures” using the color, texture, pattern, and opacity of the glass itself. This illustrated lecture explores the history of Tiffany’s innovative glass and highlights some of the special types of glass found in his celebrated windows, with a special look at examples located in and around Newport. Admission is $5 for Preservation Society members, $10 for the general public; advance registration required. www.NewportMansions.org/Learn/Lectures, or (401) 847-1851.
Thursday, November 5, 2015 6:00 p.m. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
The Gilded Plate:A Culinary History of America, 1870-1920
Libby H. O’Connell, Chief Historian, The History Channel
Based on her recent book, The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites, Dr. O’Connell will present a slide lecture about food in America, beginning just after the Civil War and ending with the close of World War I. From Gilded Age gourmet dishes like Baked Alaska and Oysters Rockefeller to every day basics like steelworkers’ goulash and Oreo cookies, Dr. O’Connell highlights the stories of food (and a few drinks) that enrich your understanding of the past. Admission is $10 for Preservation Society members, $15 for the general public; advance registration required. www.NewportMansions.org/Learn/Lectures, or (401) 847-1851.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 6:00 p.m. Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI
A Baroque Virginia Treasure House: Landon Carter’s Sabine Hall
Ralph Harvard, architectural historian, preservationist and interior designer
“Sabine Hall” was one of a small handful of large Baroque houses built in Virginia before 1740. Landon Carter, youngest son of Robert “King” Carter, completed the unusual mansion in 1738 and finished and furnished it in a grand style. The voluptuous exterior was embellished with extravagant stone and brick work, and the sumptuously detailed interior had ornate stone chimney pieces and two vast entertaining spaces each over five hundred square feet. With its commanding scale, prominent location and familial connections, it quickly became a social and political powerhouse. Yet barely 20 years after its completion, Carter embarked on a program of improvements, simplifying many of the old Baroque elements, re-orienting the plan, and refurnishing the house. The shop of William Buckland supplied woodwork and furniture. “Sabine Hall” survives today much altered, but still in the Carter family with many original portraits, furniture, silver and ceramics as well as good parts of its unusual terraced colonial gardens. This lecture will trace the changes in taste and lifestyle at “Sabine Hall” during Landon Carter’s tenure (1738-1778) using his inventory, his extensively detailed diary, various documents and drawings still in the house, the surviving decorative arts and the superlative building itself. Admission is $10 for Preservation Society members, $15 for the general public; advance registration required. www.NewportMansions.org/Learn/Lectures, or (401) 847-1851.
The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, is a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes, decorative arts and social history. Its 11 historic properties–seven of them National Historic Landmarks–span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development. For more information, visit www.NewportMansions.org.