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The Nuts and Bolts of Building a Car Collection
Sunday, June 16
12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Free for fathers Reservations
This Father’s Day, we celebrate the men in our lives and the machines they love—automobiles. All dads will receive complimentary general admission to the Driehaus Museum and enjoy a discussion with Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage Curator and Restoration Specialist, Stephen Murphy.
The talks will take place at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the Billiards Room—the Gilded Age version of the ‘man cave’—on the lower level of the historic Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion. Murphy will discuss the process of collecting, restoring, maintaining and building a collection of classic cars, welcoming questions and stories from all auto enthusiasts. Murphy will also talk about the three vintage cars from the early 20th century on display, weather permitting, on Erie Street in front of the Driehaus Museum throughout the afternoon.
About the Speaker
Stephen Murphy is actively involved in the “nuts and bolts” of restoration, maintenance, and preservation, as well as research and documentation of the provenance and history, of each automobile in the Richard H. Driehaus Collection at Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage.
Viewing the cars not as mere objects, but players in a larger historical and cultural context, Mr. Murphy actively curates the collection. Under his direction, he has increased the collection by 20 automobiles and has expanded its focus on unique concept cars and highly preserved, unrestored automobiles. Recent acquisitions include the 1954 Mercury XM-800 Dream Car and the 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz “Raindrop” Motorama car, each of which has generated publicity as well as interest and invitations to prestigious concours across the nation.
Courtesy of Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage
Please note that in exchange for your reservation and/or ticket, you have authorized the Driehaus Museum to photograph, record, film, video tape, or otherwise use your likeness, performance, image, and/or voice for use in general and/or program-related Driehaus Museum promotional materials. If for any reason, you do not wish to be photographed, please provide your name(s) at registration that evening.
Mansions and Millionaires: The McCormickville Walking Tour
First and third Saturdays, May 3 through November 15
Step back in time to enjoy a special walking tour of Chicago's River North district, led by historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach. Read more
Tiffany Girls Studio Tour
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from June 25 through September 1
Sneak into the “studio” with Tiffany designers Clara Driscoll and Agnes Northrop. Read more
Nickerson Lecture: Achievements of the Low Art Tile Company
Thursday, September 18
The Low Art tile Company produced some of the finest ceramic tiles ever produced in the United States. Between 1878 and 1904 Low tiles were displayed in more than eighteen distributors showrooms around the United States, Canada and Britain. The talk will provide a window into the artistic world of late 19th century America. Read more
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
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