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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.
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
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
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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