2014 Events

2014 ANNUAL MEETING and TOUR: MAY 21-25, 2014
Authors, Industry and Opulence: Lowell, Concord and the North Shore of Massachusetts

PRE-CONFERENCE TOUR to Cambridge: Washington’s Headquarters and the home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; architectural tour of a portion of the Harvard campus including Cambridge Common, Radcliffe Yard, and Harvard Yard.

LOWELL HIGHLIGHTS: Downtown walking tour including Boott Cotton Mill Museum, Shrine of the Worker and St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Wannalancit Street, Ayer’s Mansion and Lourdes Grotto, Spaulding House, Pawtucket Gatehouse, Bowers House, and Kitson-Lacey House. 

CONCORD HIGHLIGHTS: Codman House, Walden Pond, Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, and Concord Museum.

GLOUCESTER and LEXINGTON HIGHLIGHTS: Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House; Lexington Common, the Old North Bridge, and the Butterick Estate.

POST-TOUR to Essex and Newburyport: the Crane Estate, Castle Hill; Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm.

HEADQUARTERS will be the University of Massachusetts Inn and Conference Center in downtown Lowell.

CLICK HERE for FULL TOUR BROCHURE and RESERVATION FORM. Reservations may be made by mail, or by phoning (215) 636-9872 or faxing (215)636-9873 the VSA office. 


The Victorian Society in America, The Summer Schools Committee, and The Alumni Association of the Victorian Society Summer Schools will hold a reception honoring RICHARD GUY WILSON, Director of the Newport Summer School, for his steadfast leadership of the program, to benefit The Victorian Society Scholarship Fund, on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in The Library at The House of the Redeemer, 7 East 95th Street, New York City.

For further information, contact: Nancy Golden (805) 563-2315 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or John Simonelli (973) 650-2115 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Friday September 26-Sunday September 28, 2014 ~ Chicago, IL
Schedule to include: Tour to Driehaus Mansion and Crabtree Farm, and an architect-led tour of Lake Geneva, WI; Opening Reception at Glessner House; all-day symposium at Glessner House "Interpreting the Victorian House" with speakers from Westcott House, Craigdarroch Castle, Lincoln Historic Site, Pabst Mansion, Driehaus Mansion, Hull House and Glessner House.
Richard Guy Wilson is the keynote speaker. Headquarters hotel will be the Congress Plaza Hotel on Michigan Avenue. Full study tour and symposium brochure will be mailed to all VSA national members later in 2014.
The HENRY-RUSSELL HITCHCOCK AWARD recognizes a book published in 2012 that makes a significant contribution to the study of architecture, decorative arts, or the aligned fields. Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts and the World's Fairs 1851-1939, by lead authors Jason Busch and Catherine Futter demonstrates that the idea of the "modern" was indeed invented by the Victorians, and put on display at the great expositions of the 19th century.
The WILLIAM E. FISCHELIS AWARD recognizes a book pubished in 2012 that makes a significant contribution to the study of 19th century American art and artists. Angels and Tomboys: Girlhood in 19th Century America, by lead author Holly Pyne Conner contributes to our understanding of the portrayal of girls in America by letting us discover angels, tomboys, miniature mothers and carefree sprites, and girls who combined all these traits, through insightful essays and excellent illustrations.
The RUTH EMERY AWARD recognizes a book published in 2012 that makes a significant contribution to the study of regional history. Sanctified Landscapes: Writers, Artists and the Hudson River Valley 1820-1909, by David Schuyler lets us experience the Valley through the work of seminal figures like painter Thomas Cole, author Washingtom Irving, architect A. J. Downing, and lesser-known but critical people like historian Benson John Lossing and artist Jervis McEntee, and learn that the Hudson River Valley is a place in the American imagination, as much myth as reality.
A SPECIAL CITATION for EXCELLENCE was awarded to Capricious Fancy: Curtaining and Draping the Historic Interior 1800-1930 by Gail Caskey Winkler to recognize the significant contribution to design history that his book makes by exploiting the Society's own Samuel J. Dornsife Collection. We learn - by reading AND poring over the sumptuous illustrations - that the Victorian accomplishments in window drapery are a lost art. We believe that this book will become instrumental in reviving interest in the documents Dornsife collected, and perhaps even in the draperies themselves.
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