FALL STUDY TOUR and SYMPOSIUM
Friday September 26-Sunday September 28, 2014
·Friday, September 16 – Motorcoach tour
We will visit Crabtree Farm and its incomparable collection of Arts and Crafts furniture and decorative arts installed in period rooms, St. James Episcopal Cathedral (Edward Burling, 1871, rebuilt 1875) and the Driehaus Museum, located in one of Chicago’s only surviving palatial mansions from the Gilded Age. The tour will be followed by a reception at Glessner House, completed in 1887 from designs of renowned architect H. H. Richardson for a Chicago businessman.
·Saturday, September 27 – Symposium: Interpreting the Victorian House: a day-long symposium, sponsored by the Victorian Society and Glessner House Museum, will feature Richard Guy Wilson, professor at the University of Virginia and director of the VA Summe School in Newport, as the keynote speaker. The symposium will focus on architecturally significant houses, including Glessner House, the Lincoln home in Springfield, IL, the Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee, WI, Hull House and the Nickerson mansion (Driehaus Museum) in Chicago, the estcott house in Springfield, OH, and Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, BC.
·Sunday, September 28 – Motorcoach tour
Sunday's tour will take us to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, beginning with a drive through the town, passing grand historic estates. The day will include visits to George Williams College (1886), Yerkes Observatory (1897) and Black Point Estate (1888) on the hills high above Geneva Lake. The tour will be led by an historian and an architect.
Our headquarters hotel will be the Congress Plaza on Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Options will include the 3-day package and the Saturday symposium only.
Full tour brochures with registration information will be mailed to all national VSA members during the summer, and will be available on the website, www.victoriansociety.org.
The William E. Fischelis Award recognizes a book that makes a significant contribution to the study of 19th-century American art and artists. The 2014 award is presented to Tell it With Pride: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment and Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Shaw Memorial by Nancy K. Anderson and Sara Greenough. This beautiful catalogue casts new light on one of America’s finest sculptures, Saint-Gaudens’ memorial to the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. Besides showing the sculptor’s extraordinary preparatory studies, it provides the first comprehensive examination of the soldiers who comprised that all-black regiment, along with a poignant inventory of their names, ages, and occupations. The volume is a magnificent study of the art and the soldiers it memorializes.