Thursday, September 8

Exhibition Lecture
With a Wink and a Nod: Puck Magazine and Humor in the Gilded Age

Join us for this special lecture by Janel Trull, Assistant Curator, Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL and lead curator of our current exhibition With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age. > Read more

Thursday, September 22

Nickerson Lecture Series
Gilded Age Interiors: Herter Brothers and the William H. Vanderbilt House

This first of three Nickerson Series lectures focuses on one of the preeminent designers who created the magnificent interiors of the "Marble Palace." Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Curator of Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art will chronicle the William H. Vanderbilt mansion in New York highlighting its place within Herter Brothers oeuvre. > Read more

Thursday, October 6

Exhibition Lecture
Mark Twain's Journalistic Joking

This lecture by Jennifer A. Greenhill, PhD., Associate Professor of Art History, American Art and Visual Culture, University of Southern California explore the creative possibilities offered by the comic press during the Gilded Age through the work of Mark Twain. > Read more

Thursday, October 13

Nickerson Lecture
Artistic Furniture of the Gilded Age: George Schastey and the Nickerson Mansion

This second Nickerson Lecture by Moira Gallagher, Research Assistant in the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, brings to light the significant, yet little known cabinet making and decorating enterprise of George A. Schastey. > Read more

Saturday, October 15

Book Club
Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott

Our popular Book Club steps into the perfumed parlors of Chicago's Everleigh Club through a discussion of Karen Abbott's novel Sin in the Second City facilitated by Dr. Amy Lippert, Historian, University of Chicago. > Read more

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Featured Program

Lasting Legacies 2016
Saturdays, May 14 through October 15

A unique walking tour illustrating seven civic-minded entrepreneurial women who led fascinating lives in the prestigious neighborhood of McCormickville. Read more

Featured Program

Mansions and Millionaires 2016
Saturdays, May 14 through October 15

Spend an afternoon exploring the rich and varied history of Chicago’s River North district, a neighborhood formerly known as McCormickville. Read more