November 19, 2012

From the Collection: Dining Table, 1883


For a Thanksgiving week edition on the blog, we’re taking a closer look at a Herter Brothers dining table from the original Nickerson Mansion, now part of the Driehaus Museum’s collection. > Read more

November 14, 2012

Thorstein Veblen and the ‘Theory of the Leisure Class’


The late 19th-century academic Thorstein Veblen wrote The Theory of the Leisure Class in 1899 and coined for us the famous term “conspicuous consumption.” > Read more

November 06, 2012

The Collection of the White House


This historic building, residence, and political hub is also a museum in its own right, boasting a wonderful collection of fine and decorative arts that spans centuries. > Read more


September 13, 2016
‘Giant Gems of the Smithsonian’ Now Open in Dallas

The exhibition opened last Friday at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and includes a 56-carat amethyst necklace circa 1915 by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Read more

August 13, 2016
The National Historic Preservation Act Commemorates 50 Years

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the NHPA into law on October 15, 1966, to encourage Americans to identify and preserve our nation’s cultural and historic resources. Read more

Featured Program

Signature Lecture with Marcus Mucha - Alphonse Mucha: The Man, The Artist, The Legacy
Wednesday, October 11

Marcus Mucha, the artist's great-grandson, will tell the story of Alphonse Mucha's life and work, as well as discuss the family's efforts to preserve and promote the artist's legacy. Read more

Featured Program

Fall Book Club - Edgar Allan Poe: The Best of Poe
Saturday, October 14

Read and discuss a selection of Poe's most influential works including The Tell-tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher and The Raven, considered among the greatest works in American literature. Read more