2016 Events

50th Anniversary Spring Study Tour & Annual Meeting

Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

April 27-April 30, 2016

Our Golden Anniversary in the Golden State”


  • Adamson House, J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty villa
  • Lunch at the Getty Villa


at The Cicada Restaurant in the historic Oviatt Building (1928), a block from our hotel

  • Hors d’oeuvres and Cash bar
  • Speaker: William Deverell, Chair - Dept of History, USC


  • Guided tour of the Gamble House by Greene & Greene
  • Walking tour in Arroyo Terrace neighborhood, Greene & Greene houses
  • Picnic lunch at Gamble House
  • Castle Green
  • Huntington Library, introduction and self-guided visit. Special exhibition on view The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement 1887-1920.
  • All Saints Church featuring Tiffany and Judson Studio windows and Ernest Batchelder floor tiles


  • Historic downtown walking tour
  • Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting: The California Club
  • Heritage Square Museum guided tours
  • Judson Studios - tour of stained glass studio
  • Alumni Annual Meeting & Dinner reservations required, see registration brochure


  • Walking Tour of Angelino Heights
  • Lunch at Kendall’s Brasserie at the Music Center
  • Walt Disney Concert Hall guided tour
  • Closing Banquet and Awards presentation 6:30 pm Barnard’s Room, Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Our headquarters is the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 508 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90071. We have reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate of $179 per night single or double occupancy, and these rooms will be held for us until April 1, 2016. Please see reservation information on the tour brochure. 

All current members have been mailed a tour brochure and registration form. It is also available HERE to view or print. Reservations may be made by mail, and by phone or fax with credit card to the national VSA office at 215-636-9872 (P) 215-636-9873 (F).

Don’t Delay! Register quickly to join in our Golden Anniversary celebration in the Golden State!

The Victorian Society in America is pleased to partner with

The Royal Oak Foundation on these upcoming lectures:

Ian Cox, Director, Victorian Society London Summer School

“The Heart of England”: The History and Design of British Pubs

Ian Cox will discuss this fascinating history of pubs in Britain and explain their important role in 19th to early 20th century.  He will illustrate their changing architectural and interior style and show how new technologies and the burgeoning social and economic changes during the Victorian era led to the popularity of such lively establishments.

March 30         New York, NY cox_i_pres-a 

March 31         Philadelphia, PA

April 4             Atlanta, GA

April 5             Chicago, IL

April 7             Charleston, SC

Abraham Thomas, Architectural Historian

The Grand(er) Tour: Architectural Imagination Beyond the Classical World

The 19th century witnessed young gentlemen traveling beyond the traditional Grand Tour to “exotic” regions such as the Middle East and India, seeking inspirational sources from Ancient Egypt or the Islamic world. Abraham Thomas will illustrate various journeys undertaken by designers over the past 300 years, revealing how these adventures expanded and enriched the creative and intellectual imagination.

April 11           New York, NY thomas_pres-a

April 12           Philadelphia, PA

April 14           Washington DC

April 19           Boston, MA

April 20           Chicago, IL

Helen Rappaport, Historian & Author

'Such an Unsafe Throne': Queen Victoria, Russia and the Romanovs

Spanning 80 years, from 1839 to the murder of the Romanovs, historian and best-selling author Helen Rappaport will explore the British Royal family’s ever-changing relationship with Russia. 

April 25           New York, NY rappaport_pres-a

April 26           Philadelphia, PA

May 2              Los Angeles, CA

May 3              San Francisco, CA

May 5             Washington DC

May 9              New Orleans, LA

For more information and to register*, visit: http://www.royal-oak.org/lectures or call 212-480-2889, x201.

*use co-sponsor code 16SVICSOC to receive the discounted price.

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