Dates: 06 Feb, 2014
Thursday, February 6
Museum Members $35; Public $40
Come in from the cold for an evening of Chicago blues. John Moulder is sure to chase away those winter blues with favorites such as Blind Willie McTell’s “Cold Winter Day” and Wayne Horvitz’s “Nine Below Zero”.
The Chicago blues, a form of urban blues music, developed in the first half of the twentieth century as a result of the Great Migration, when Black workers moved from the South into the industrial cities of the North, like Chicago. Known for assimilating multiple musical styles, popular jazz guitarist John Moulder blends those Chicago blues and jazz to warm up a cold winter evening.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for guests wishing to visit the Museum.
Dates: 12 Feb, 2014
Wednesday, February 12
Museum Members $45; Public $50
Celebrate Valentine’s Day in classic Paris street cabaret style. The French Cabaret Duo transports you to the romantic and nostalgic world of l’amour à Paris, blending their voices in perfect harmony, accompanied by the unique sounds of the Paris street accordion. Join Marick and Elaine, an authentic French cabaret duo, as they perform French songs and encourage guests to become immersed in the language of love. Guests will learn a few French tunes as well as a few French phrases.
Elaine, a native of Montreal, received classical training in voice. She has performed as a recitalist, cantor, chorister and performer in Canada, Europe and the United States. A native of Angers, France, Marick started her eclectic musical career in Chicago playing flute and singing for the Green Mill Poetry Slam. She has also performed as a flutist in French classical music concerts at the Alliance Française.
Light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for guests wishing to visit the Museum.
Dates: 11 Feb, 2014
Tuesday, February 11
Michael Lykoudis joins the Chicago ICAA to discuss how a new Greek national identity was created during the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries with aspirations of modernity and prosperity in a period of great economic austerity and political turmoil. The architectural unity that evolved was a profound lesson in place-making for the world as a whole but especially for Greece, a new country whose citizens had just emerged from four centuries of cohabitation with the Ottoman Empire.
This unity was created by two forces: one top-down from the newly formed government of Greece that included a young king from Bavaria and a Danish, German and French architectural entourage. They brought with them a reinvented neoclassical ideal to its birthplace. The other was bottom-up force made up mostly of builders and developers self taught or trained in technical vocational schools. The result was the building of beautiful cities with an architectural and urban unity that redefine Greek culture and entry into the modern world.
The Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean of the School of Architecture, Dean Lykoudis has served as professor of architecture at Notre Dame since 1991. A national and international leader in linking architectural tradition and classicism to urbanism and environmental issues, he has devoted his career to the building, study and promotion of traditional architecture and urbanism. His activities feature the organization of several major conferences that have been collaborations between Notre Dame and other organizations including the Classical Architecture League and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, A Vision of Europe and the Congress for New Urbanism. The conference and exhibition entitled "The Art of Building Cities," took place in 1995 at the Art Institute of Chicago and was the first event in this country to specifically link the practice of contemporary classicism with the new traditional urbanism. An exhibition and conference titled "The Other Modern," took place in Bologna, Italy in 2000, and a conference titled "Three Generations of Classical Architects: The Renewal of Modern Architecture" was held in October 2005 at Notre Dame. He has lectured at universities around the country and abroad as well as to professional and civic organizations. He is a member of INBAU. A graduate of Cornell University, Dean Lykoudis earned his Master's degree from the University of Illinois' joint business administration and architecture program. Prior to joining the Notre Dame faculty, he worked as a project designer and architect for firms in Florida, Greece, Connecticut and New York. He has directed his own practice since 1983 in Athens, and Stamford, Conn. and now in South Bend, Ind.
Dates: 17 Jan – 30 Apr, 2014
Thresholds is an annual, peer-reviewed journal that accepts original material for publication.
Thresholds is looking for three types of content: Scholarly articles, projects, and shorts.
Call for Submissions: Thresholds 43
Gasp! What provokes this reflex that leaves one short of breath? More than just a sudden turn of events, for discourse to move from gossip to scandal there have to be stakes. Reputations, profits, and history-by-the-winners are on the line.
In 1939, architect George W. Stoddard understood these stakes well when writing his apology to the AIA Board of Directors. “There are times in every man’s life when he does things on the spur of the moment that he later regrets,” Stoddard implored after flouting a professional ban on advertising. The popular newspaper tabloid from following decades trafficked in one form of scandal surrounding the crime of regrettable deeds: originating in the private sphere and then splashed in the public one. These stories trade in schadenfreude while simultaneously performing in the interest of public good.
Stoddard’s delinquent act barely raises the contemporary pulse. Today, shocking headlines proliferate. If scandal shapes and reflects the historical moment, what does this de-sensitization say about our current condition? Many artists and architects operate fully conscious of an anaesthetized public. Thresholds 43: Scandalous seeks to investigate the relevance of scandal in creative practice. Content should confront a history of devious schemes, spectacular headlines, and pulp fictions by engaging them in critical conversation.
Scandal, we believe, is the red flag of every cultural movement. Sin segues into standards. Take Corbusier’s Plan Voisin and subsequent tower in the park offshoots, or Mapplethorpe’s The Perfect Moment that opened a new era of artistic provocations concerning public funding and censorship. This potential for transition, from shocking to ubiquitous, leads the editors of Thresholds to subvert a pursuit of the ’goods’ and instead ask: what is ’bad’? How does scandal emerge from or act counter to institutional and social contracts? How do changing forms of media, from the catchy hashtag to the news alert, incite slander or even revolution? Why does scandal destroy some while elevating others? Which sites are labeled crime scenes?
Thresholds 43 seeks papers and projects of all kinds that complicate and provoke the idea of ’scandal’ through scholarly discourse or inherently scandalous content.
All material should be submitted to email@example.com.
Nathan Friedman and Ann Lui, Editors
Oak Park |
Dates: 02 – 27 Feb, 2014
James Caulfield, a professional photographer in Chicago for 30 years as well as an avid volunteer for the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, will have an exhibit of his work in the Oak Park Public Library Art Gallery from Feb. 2 -27. The exhibit is titled Frank Lloyd Wright -- The Oak Park Years. Photographs by James Caulfield. A reception for Caulfield will be held on Tuesday, February 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.
In the past several years, photographer James Caulfield, in collaboration with architectural writer Patrick F. Cannon, has produced books with contemporary images of the exteriors and interiors of the buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright and other Chicago-area architects. Two of the books, Hometown Architect: The Complete Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, focus on Wright’s work during his years of living and working in Oak Park. A third, Prairie Metropolis: Chicago and the Birth of a New American Home, broadened the scope to feature work by Wright and the Prairie School architects he mentored and influenced. Caulfield and Cannon’s most recent book, published in 2011, was Louis Sullivan: Creating a New American Architecture. Sullivan was Wright’s employer and mentor from early in 1888 until 1893.
Caulfield has selected some of his favorite images for the Oak Park Public Library exhibit. The earliest building featured is the 1892 Charnley-Persky House in Chicago, which Wright claimed to have designed while with Adler & Sullivan, and the latest, the Harry Adams house of 1913 in Oak Park. Between them, the exhibit features such landmarks as the William Winslow, Ward Willits, Arthur Heurtley, and Frederick Robie houses, and Wright’s great masterpiece, Unity Temple.
James Caulfield has been a professional photographer for more than 30 years, creating compelling images of people, products and buildings. His clients have included brands such as McDonalds, S.C. Johnson, Perry Ellis, Kimberly Clark, Helene Curtis, Hart Schaffner & Marx, CBS, Land’s End, Levi Corporation, Jockey International and Alberto Culver, among many others.
In recent years, James has concentrated on food, product and architectural photography. His interest in architectural subjects grew out of his own work restoring a Frommann & Jebsen-designed bank in Chicago, and his former home in Glencoe, Illinois, designed by the noted mid-century modern architects, Keck & Keck. He has also helped to repurpose older industrial buildings in Chicago by creating new studios in two of them. This passion for preservation led him to volunteer his services to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust in Oak Park, Illinois. Caulfield has documented the buildings on the Trust’s annual internationally-attended house walk, Wright Plus. There, he met architectural writer and Oak Park resident, Patrick F. Cannon, in 2004.
In addition to his donations to the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, Caulfield has provided images to the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, the Society of Architectural Historians, the Richard Nickel Committee and the Glessner House Museum.
At present, Caulfield and Cannon are working on a project to showcase notable interior architecture in Chicago area buildings as diverse as the Chicago Cultural Center, The Elks Memorial and the St. Procopius Abbey Church. For more information, see www.caulfieldphoto.com.
San Francisco |
Dates: 18 Jan, 2014
Join the NCCSAH for our first Architectural History Film Festival on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 9 AM – 1 PM at the Historic Vogue Theater in San Francisco. Built in 1912, the Vogue celebrated its hundredth birthday last year – it is one of the few single screen neighborhood theaters remaining in the city.
The Vogue Theater is located at 3290 Sacramento Street at Presidio Avenue and it is served by the 1, 3 and 43 Muni lines.
The triple bill includes ”A 1906 Trip Down Market Street” narrated by Rick Laubscher, President of the Market Street Railway. Mr. Laubscher will be attending to talk about the film and answer questions. We will then show the two rarely seen, award-winning documentaries about Chicago’s great architects Louis Sullivan and Daniel Burnham who had national influence. The Sullivan film is very accomplished, and was a big hit at an SAH meeting several years ago.
DVDs of the three films will be available for sale at the theater.
Admission $15 for members, $ 20 for non-members at the door.
Cash only please.
Dates: 05 Apr, 2014
April 5, 2014
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$23 members / $28 non-members
Preservation Austin is very excited to announce our 22nd annual spring Homes Tour “Austin 1964!” spotlighting Mid-Century Modern architecture. This special tour will offer a snapshot of a transforming Austin, when Austin’s first tech company Tracor made its initial public stock offering, a group of friends first gathered to celebrate Eeyore’s Birthday Party, and a little honky-tonk named the Broken Spoke was built on the outskirts of town.
The spotlighted homes will pay homage to the city’s modernist roots and honor some of Austin’s premier mid-century architects. Preservation Austin believes that one of Austin's great assets is the historic fabric that comprises our unique neighborhoods that stabilize and enhance our central city. Our popular Homes Tour provides a valuable resource to our community by raising awareness and appreciation of these noteworthy neighborhoods. Attendees learn about our community’s history and architecture and witness how residents value older neighborhoods, preserving the qualities that made them special.
We are seeking sponsors for what promises to be a truly unforgettable tour with an anticipated attendance of 1,000 guests. Response by March 1 will allow recognition on the print invitation.
Preservation Austin seeks the in-kind donation of items or services valued at least $250 for an on-line auction associated with our Homes Tour. Auction donors will be recognized on the event home page and in eblasts to a list of 4,000.
Call for Volunteers will be issued in February 2014.
Dates: 18 Jan, 2014
Saturday, January 18th
9:30am - 12:30pm
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
310 Comal Street
Free for PA members, $10 for non-members
Preservation Austin brings back the popular series, How to Green your Historic Home. In this session, Improving the Thermal Envelope, you'll learn how to turn a drafty old house into a cozy temperature-controlled, energy-saving abode, while maintaining its historic character.
Presenters John Hindman, owner of Red River Restorations and Nathan Doxsey, a custom homebuilder, will include the following topics:
Where and how to use insulation,
Retrofitting and maintaining HVAC systems,
Maintaining windows and doors,
Interior and exterior window shading.
Light snacks and coffee will be provided.
Dates: 27 Feb, 2014
Thur., February 27, 2014
Gillespie & Agnes Stacy House
Home of Lulu Flores & Scott Hendler
1300 Alta Vista, 78704
Featuring cocktails from the Roarin' Twenties
$35 per guest
Preservation Austin is pleased to present a series of cocktail parties with a unique twist. Join us as we gather in beautiful historic homes and enjoy hand-crafted cocktails that match the house's era, served up by Alamo Drafthouse's award winning mixologist, Bill Norris.
Gillespie Stacy, son of Gen. William Stacy, and his wife, Agnes Doran, built one of Travis Height’s most remarkable homes. A particular challenge in designing the 1928 Stacy House was incorporating the numerous architectural artifacts acquired by Stacy from the University of Texas, an old hotel and a variety of other places. Stacy acted as his own contractor, with Mexican labor and, in his words, “A site nobody would have bought... for love nor money.” Stacy’s home cost very little, yet it was featured in a 1926 Dallas Morning News article and won a prize in a national home building contest. A rambling, well-crafted villa in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, it was expanded in the 1970s with sympathetic additions by noted architect Sinclair Black.
Guests will enjoy 1920s cocktails and live music, and catering by 34th Street Catering.
No Member discount is available for this event.
Dates: 04 – 06 Apr, 2014
Known for its verdant landscape rich with mountains, lakes, rivers and Puget Sound, the Pacific Northwest has long been a preferred home for people who have an affinity for nature and has attracted artists and architects who endeavor to express a special reverence for nature. Frank Lloyd Wright’s fondness for the region began early in the 20th century as he traveled through Seattle en route to Japan. Although he had previously designed buildings for the area, the first executed Northwest commission was the Chauncey Griggs House (1946) in Tacoma, Washington. Two more buildings in Washington State—the Brandes House (1952) in Sammamish and the Tracy House (1955) in Normandy Park—followed within a decade.
Join the Conservancy on Saturday, April 5, for an all-day event that will include tours of the Wright-designed Brandes and Tracy Houses as well as several private homes by contemporary architect George Suyama. Prior to the architectural tour Grant Hildebrand, professor emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle and author of The Wright Space, will expand on themes from his recent book, Suyama: A Complex Serenity, as he discusses the philosophical connections between Wright and Suyama. The lecture will be held at the Rem Koolhaus-designed Seattle Central Library, which in 2007 was listed as one of the 150 structures on the American Institute of Architects list of “America’s Favorite Architecture.” The day will culminate in a reception at The Orchard, a 26,000-square-foot home designed by Suyama for former Microsoft president Jon Shirley and home to his extensive collection of modern art. As described by Hildebrand, the Orchard “is a space of remarkable and pervasive complexity, yet among those who experience it, the most commonly expressed reaction is a sense of palpable
On Friday, April 4, Conservancy Leadership Circle members and the board of directors are invited to the extraordinary lakefront house of Barney Ebsworth for an evening reception with wine provided by Conservancy sommelier Robert Volz. The home, designed by Jim Olson of Olson Kundig, houses Ebsworth’s world-class collection of 20th century American art and is comprised of three individual pavilions linked by glass-enclosed walkways. Described as both a place superbly suited to display works of art as well as being a work of art in its own right, touring the house is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience a complete and harmonious integration of art, architecture and nature.
A separately ticketed architectural tour on Sunday, April 6, will take attendees south from Seattle to nearby Tacoma. Highlights of the half-day tour include the Wright-designed Griggs House, a private Suyama designed residence and the Arthur Erickson-designed Tacoma Museum of Glass, complete with bridge of glass connecting downtown Tacoma to the shore. Lunch will be provided and the bus will make a stop at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport by 2:30 p.m. before returning to Seattle.
A special group rate of $145/night is available at the Hotel Monaco Seattle, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Seattle and across the street from the Seattle Central Library. To make a reservation, call 206.621.1770 and mention the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy room block.
New York |
Dates: 01 Feb – 01 Jun, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal celebrates the recent joint acquisition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s extensive archive by MoMA and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. Through an initial selection of drawings, films, and large-scale architectural models, the exhibition examines the tension in Wright’s thinking about the growing American city in the 1920s and 1930s, when he worked simultaneously on radical new forms for the skyscraper and on a comprehensive plan for the urbanization of the American landscape titled “Broadacre City.”
Visitors encounter the spectacular 12-foot-by-12-foot model of this plan, which merges one of the earliest schemes for a highway flyover with an expansive, agrarian domain. Promoted and updated throughout Wright’s life, the model toured the country for several years in the 1930s, beginning with a display at Rockefeller Center.
This dispersed vision is paired with Wright’s innovative structural experiments for building the vertical city. Projects, from the early San Francisco Call Building (1912), to Manhattan’s St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers (1927–31), to a polemical mile-high skyscraper, engage questions of urban density and seek to bring light and landscape to the tall building. Highlighting Wright’s complex relationship to the city, the material reveals Wright as a compelling theorist of both its horizontal and vertical aspects. His work, in this way, is not only of historic importance but of remarkable relevance to current debates on urban concentration.
Organized by Barry Bergdoll, Acting Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, with Janet Parks, Curator of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, and Phoebe Springstubb, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.
Dates: 03 Feb – 01 Mar, 2014
The Chicago Expander at Archeworks is a research initiative that brings together thinkers, designers and practitioners to construct new discourses on regionalism and develop new models addressing large- and small-scale urban design.
Co-directed by Iker Gil and Antonio Petrov, the Chicago Expander workshops examine our region’s micro-geographies, boundaries, networks and systems through the lenses of energy, food, economy, water and transportation.
This workshop will explore water as space by drawing on the geographic as a research and design paradigm. In what ways does water surpass typical boundaries of jurisdiction and governance, and impact larger geographies? How do designers engage with it spatially? With water and its possible intersections across systems central to our investigation, we will develop new design-driven strategies for reshaping region formation processes in Chicago. Individuals with diverse disciplinary backgrounds are welcome to apply.
Five evening sessions (6-8pm)
Feb 3, Feb 5, Feb 10, Feb 12 & Feb 19
Three Saturday sessions (10am-5pm)
Feb 8, Feb 15 & Mar 1
Application Deadline: January 16, 2014
Dates: 14 Jan – 28 Feb, 2014
From antique and early modern forms of trade, exploration and colonization to more modern
forms of cultural contact through immigration and the development of the internet, cultural
exchange continues to have an impact on the construction of the arts and art trends around the
world. This multi-disciplinary conference seeks to explore the relationship between assimilation
and appropriation in the arts, in any of its forms, from antiquity to the contemporary.
Sophisticated networks of trade, world exploration and cultural sovereignty established and
experienced throughout antiquity and the early modern period changed local arts and impacted
cultural exchange. This form of contact can be traced back as early as 700 BCE, as influential
Greek colonies were established in what is today known as Italy. Similarly, the Dutch invasion
and colonization of Indonesia during the seventeenth century also had a major lasting impact on
the cultural makeup of the region. Cultural exchange has not been limited to physical avenues,
however, and the movement of ideas by visual forms of exchange has fostered artistic inspiration
and aesthetic amalgamation. For example, upon encountering African masks in Parisian
museums, Pablo Picasso appropriated certain African aesthetics for his cubist studies. Similarly,
late nineteenth century American artist William Merritt Chase borrowed motifs inspired by
Japanese prints and ceramics. These brief examples serve to demonstrate our expanded approach
to the idea of assimilation and appropriation as integral aspects of artistic and cultural
development, absorption or resistance.
Among the questions we seek to address are: How may cultural and aesthetic authenticity be
threatened by the loss of national identity? How have methods of appropriation and vehicles of
distribution changed over time through the development of transportation, mechanical
reproduction and the internet? What is the overall lasting impact of various forms of exchange,
whether experienced through personal travel or cultural invasion, whether accepted or
unwelcome, whether voluntary or forced? Approaches to these questions could come in the
forms of fine art, fashions, foods, design, architecture, literature, race, religion, and many more.
We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20-minute paper presentations examining the
intersection of the arts and assimilation and appropriation, in any of its forms. We encourage
papers that demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to the art-historical record.
Please email abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, February 28, 2014.
will be held at the California Museum of Photography in downtown Riverside, CA, on Saturday,
May 17, 2014.
We are honored to host Los Angeles based scholar, Sofia Sanabrais, as this year’s keynote
Dates: 14 Jan – 10 Jun, 2014
In order to encourage research and writing effort among university
students in the area of automotive history, the Society confers its annual
award for the best student paper in the auto history field. The award is
named for Richard Scharchburg, the late Professor of History at Kettering
University, eminent automotive historian, and past vice president of the
Society of Automotive Historians. Persons submitting papers must be
enrolled at educational institutions (upper-class undergraduate or
graduate level) at the time of submission. This competition is
international in scope, but papers must be in the English language.
Papers already published or scheduled for publication will not be
Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words, and should be double-spaced.
An abstract is requested. Judging criteria include clear statement of
purpose and testable hypothesis, accuracy and thoroughness of research,
originality of the research, documentation, quality and extent of
bibliographic resources, and writing style. Diagrams, graphs, or
photographs may be included. Submissions are to be electronic, in Word
1997-2003 format or pdf files only, to the e-mail address below.
Possible subjects include but are not limited to historical aspects of
automobile companies and their leaders, regulation of the auto industry,
financial and economic aspects of the industry, the social effects of the
automobile, highway development, environmental matters, and automotive
marketing, design, engineering and safety.
A cover letter should be included stating the student’s address, school,
program, advisor, and stage in studies. The student should indicate how
the paper submitted will relate to his or her professional future.
Submissions must e-mail dated by June 10, 2014. All papers submitted will
Recent Previous Award Winners:
2013 -- John Emerson Mohr, Auburn University
2012—Samuel Kling, Northwestern University
2011 – Andrew Mabon, James Madison University
2010 – No award
2009 – Peter Cajka, Marquette University
Upon recommendation of the judges, the winning paper will considered for
publication in the Society’s Automotive History Review. The award
consists of a plaque and a cash prize of $500.00.
Submissions should be sent to:
John Heitmann, Ph.D
Chair, Student Awards Committee
President, Society of Automotive Historians (SAH)
Professor of History
University of Dayton
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469
Dates: 25 Jan – 01 Mar, 2014
You are invited to join Preservation Buffalo Niagara's award-winning Buffalo Tours Docent Training Program!
Want to share your passion for Buffalo, or give a tour of architecture, or bring the history of Buffalo's historic waterfront alive? Want to learn more about Olmsted’s park and parkway system, the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, or the magnificent Mansions along Delaware Avenue? Enroll in PBN's Docent Training Program and become a volunteer ambassador to thousands of visitors to our region every year!
The 2014 Docent Training Program
Saturday, January 25th
9:00am - 12:30pm
at the Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court, Buffalo, NY 14216
Dates: 22 Jan, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Pizza and beverages will be provided. Please feel free to bring a dessert to share if you wish. There is no charge for Philadelphia Chapter SAH members and each member is invited to bring one guest. Additional guests are welcome at $15.00 each.
Please RSVP to William V. Kriebel, Phila SAH Treasurer, at email@example.com or 215-735-3697.
If you would like to bring a few slides or digital images to give a short (5 minute/10-15 image) talk on a recent project, current research, or "What I did on my summer vacation," please contact Bruce Laverty at laverty@PhilaAthenaeum.org or 215-925-2688. Slides will be loaded into carousels; digital images should be placed on a CD or thumb drive as individual image files or in a Power Point file.
Please join us for an evening of fun and good food!
Dates: 20 Mar, 2014
Thursday, March 20
A century ago Chicago was suddenly beset by a traffic crisis in the Loop. The streets and sidewalks were clogged with consumers seeking pleasure in the city’s elegant new department stores, hotels, restaurants, soda fountains, and theaters. In their search for a solution, civic officials and influential industrialists raised a particular outcry against lady shoppers. Emily A. Remus examines campaigns to sweep ladies out of the public space of Chicago’s downtown and illustrates how Daniel Burnham’s new plan for development ultimately created a consumers’ metropolis that pushed industry to the margins and opened up the Loop to the leisure class.
This lecture is part of the Driehaus Museum’s 2014 Samuel M. Nickerson Lecture Series, a program which serves to situate the Nickerson Mansion within the context of social artistic developments of the period and against the wider background of America’s Gilded Age.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for any attendees who would like to explore the Museum and its collections. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. As space is limited, advance reservations are highly recommended.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Emily A. Remus is a doctoral candidate in American history at the University of Chicago. She researches and teaches courses on urban history, gender history, and the history of capitalism. Her current project explores Chicago’s transformation into a modern consumer city in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. An article drawn from this work is forthcoming in the Journal of American History.
Dates: 28 Jan, 2014
Tuesday, January 28
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Driehaus Museum introduces the Winter Book Club! Join us for lively discussions of Gilded Age fiction, biographies, and history with the authors where we will expound upon the book from a literary perspective as well as discuss the larger historical context of its content.
Our first Book Club meeting explores the fascinating details of Bertha Honore Palmer’s life including her impact on the social life of Chicago in the late 19th century, her leadership as Chairman of the Board of Lady Managers for the Columbian Exposition of 1893, and her influence on the Art Institute of Chicago with popular Chicago historian Sally Kalmbach.
The Jewel of the Gold Coast: Mrs. Potter Palmer’s Chicago has 55 illustrations, including pictures of the historic Gold Coast mansions. In the 1870s, Potter Palmer boldly developed the land north of Oak Street, blocks away from then-fashionable Prairie Avenue. He filled that swamp land with sand from Lake Michigan and began selling lots to his very rich friends—hence the name “Gold Coast.” A picture of the Palmer “Castle” is included, along with views of the ballroom/art gallery, entry way and items rescued after the Castle was razed. Sally Sexton Kalmbach’s gem is packed with carefully researched stories, which she tells with her unique sense of humor and easy style.
In these 90 minute book clubs museum patrons will gather to discuss what they have read with fellow museum goers and the author of the book. The book is available in the Museum store and light refreshments will be provided. A welcome email will introduce the book, the author, and discussion topics. Participants should arrive to each book club having read the book. Tickets include Museum admission.
Dates: 15 – 18 May, 2014
The Society for Industrial Archaeology is an SAH partner organization.
The Society for Industrial Archaeology 2014 Annual Conference will head to northern New England and Portland for a look at the region’s industrial heritage with a strong emphasis on maritime subjects. We expect to offer both an early bird Thursday and a Friday tour to the Bath Iron Works and the Maine Maritime Museum.
Established in 1884, the Bath Iron Works (BIW) is a “must-see” site that is currently actively building private, commercial, and military vessels, including advanced missile destroyers for the U.S. Navy. Since 1995, BIW has been a division of General Dynamics. Tour arrangements are still being confirmed, but we are looking forward to an opportunity to view a number of processes, including the Land Level Transfer Facility, a gigantic concrete platform that allows hulls to be moved horizontally onto a moveable dry dock.
The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath Maine, located on the banks of the Kennebec River at the site of the Percy & Small Shipyard, is one of the nation’s premiere maritime heritage sites. In addition to five original shipyard buildings, the museum features a range of permanent exhibits, including its popular lobstering exhibit and a floating waterfront exhibit aboard the Sherman Zwicker, a wooden Grand Banks fishing schooner built in 1942.
The hotel will be the Holiday Inn Portland By the Bay. To reserve a preferential rate, call (207) 775-2311 or (800) 345-5050 and indicate Society for Industrial Archeology when making reservations. The Saturday banquet will be a full lobster dinner (chicken as an alternative) on board a cruise ship touring the bay. The Friday night “filmfest” will take place in a public theater at One Longfellow Sq., and for the first time will be open to the general public with purchase of a ticket.
Dates: 13 Jan, 2014
The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is currently recruiting interns for the Spring 2014 term:
Archival intern will assist the Archivist and the Byzantine Research Associate with the research and archival processing of the collection “San Marco in Context.”
Cataloging intern will assist the Metadata and Cataloging Specialist with the migration of legacy image metadata for implementation into a new collection management system.
Processing intern will assist the Archivist with the final stages of archival processing for three collections that have been preliminary processed.
For more information about joining the ICFA team, please check: Internship Policies.