December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

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Even if your New Year's party didn't make Tribune gossip column status like the Nickerson's—Pink carnations! Seventy guests! Supper not served 'till midnight!—here's to celebrating in style. > Read more

December 27, 2011

You Asked: Where Does Satinwood Come From?

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Satinwood. Visitors to the Museum see it featured most prominently in the Drawing Room, where the Gilded Age ladies would retreat together for music and gossip and the woodwork gleams positively golden. > Read more

December 24, 2011

A Gilded Age Christmas Dinner

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The Gilded Age wealthy made Christmas dinner a most formal, sumptuous occasion. > Read more

December 19, 2011

"Dolls, Toys, and Holiday Fancy Goods"

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Ah, the great and famously stressful saga of December: Shopping. We have industrialization, capitalism, and late 19th-century disposable incomes to thank for this holiday tradition. > Read more

December 15, 2011

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum

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"There, at the rear of the beautiful parlors, was a large Christmas tree, presenting a most picturesque and uncanny aspect," wrote a reporter when he saw the first Christmas tree adorned with electric lights in 1882. > Read more

December 08, 2011

The White Knight

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A new Arthur Hughes painting in the Drawing Room features Sir Galahad, flanked by angels, searching for the Holy Grail. > Read more

December 03, 2011

Of Gilded Age and Italy: Or, Why Pierpont Morgan Used Someone Else's Family Crest

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One design motif persists through America's Gilded Age mansions like a repeating, steady note under one melody: Italian Renaissance. > Read more

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Winner of the 2016 Driehaus Prize Announced

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Book Your Tea Experience Today

Compliment your visit to the special exhibition Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times with a unique tea experience. Read more

Featured Program

Valentine’s Day Cabaret
Saturday, February 13

Make this Valentine’s Day weekend one that the special person in your life will never forget. Menzie & Michael bring their unique show showcasing love songs from silver screen. Read more

Featured Program

Mix & Mingle at the Movies: The General
Saturday, February 27

An evening for those film buffs who have an appreciation for the silent film era as we show the 1926 movie, The General. Read more

Featured Program

Author Encounters: Carol Wallace
Saturday, March 5

Author Carol Wallace comes to the Museum to discuss her book, To Marry an English Lord, an account that inspired the Downton Abbey character, Lady Cora. Read more