Meet the Servants

Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays in December
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Complimentary with Museum Admission  

Have you ever wondered how Gilded Age families celebrated the holiday season? The Nickerson servants know the answers and are ready to share the secrets for a traditional Victorian holiday!

Gilded Age holiday traditions will come alive as Mrs. Williams and her staff share cookie recipes, reveal the latest 19th century holiday fashions, and explain holiday customs celebrated in Chicago.  Look for them as you visit the Front Parlor, Dining Room, Sewing Room, and other rooms in the house. 

Meet the Servants begins on Friday, December 6.

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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

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