June 29, 2012

Best of Independence Day: The Gilded Age Edition

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Looking back at a Gilded Age’s worth of Fourth of July celebrations in Chicago, here are some of the best (and worst) moments between the Civil and First World Wars. > Read more

June 25, 2012

A Tour of the World's Fair: Decorative Objects from the 1893 Columbian Exposition

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Some of the decorative objects that debuted at the fair are displayed today in the Driehaus Museum's collection. > Read more

June 14, 2012

Below America's Stairs: Domestic Servants in the Gilded Age

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How could a live-in servant system like what we see in Downton Abbey survive in such an individualistic, capitalistic, and optimistic nation? > Read more

June 06, 2012

America's Endangered Places

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation released its list of 11 endangered historic sites today, which includes several Yosemite Valley bridges and Joe Frazier's Gym in Philadelphia. > Read more

June 02, 2012

You Asked: What Was Mrs. Nickerson Like?

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Although Mr. Nickerson’s likeness is portrayed in our historic photograph gallery, visitors wonder about the lady of the house. > Read more

News

August 15, 2014
Remaining Relevant: A look at Washington’s Fascinating House Museums

Washington's most fascinating house museums allow visitors to relive history. Most historical house museums today have successfully evolved with the times and have made great strides in historical preservation. These museums are thriving, boosted in part by advances in the field, as well as growing appreciation for preservation among the general public.
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July 11, 2014
New York's Historic Carnegie Mansion: Renovated and Re-imagined

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Announces Dec. 12, 2014 Opening of Renovated Carnegie Mansion and Opening Exhibitions. Read more

Featured Program

Book Club: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Saturday, October 11

Discuss Gilded Age fiction, biography, and history with the authors and historians. Join us for a lively discussion of Oscar Wilde’s only published novel. Read more

Featured Program

Gypsy Jazz: Swing Gitan
Friday, October 17

Back by popular demand! Chicago's premiere gypsy-jazz band, Swing Gitan, led by Alfonso Ponticello returns to the Museum for an evening of foot-tappin' swing played on acoustic instruments in the 1930's-style music of guitarist Django Reinhardt. Read more

Featured Program

Nickerson Lecture: Gardens for a Beautiful America
Thursday, October 30

Gilded Age industrialism brought a new prosperity, but at the price of once pristine forests, rivers, and blue skies, devastated by continental railroad building and factory pollution. This lecture will explore the work of wealthy women and landscape architects to green America. Read more