Lectures - Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library



For more information on lectures or for a reservation, please call 800.448.3883.

Winterthur 101 Lecture: "Winterthur's Needlework Collection"

Wednesday, November 1

Copeland Lecture Hall, 6:00 pm


Linda Eaton, John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles, discusses H. F. du Pont's love of needlework; the extensive Winterthur needlework collection; and the embroidery style in the coronation gown feature in our Royal Splendor exhibit. Members free. Nonmembers $15. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883.


Lecture:  “Collecting Classics: Henry Francis du Pont’s Pursuit of New England Masterpieces”

Saturday, November 4
Copeland Lecture Hall, 2:00 pm  

Walking through the rooms of Winterthur, visitors gaze upon the finest furniture from early America.  The quality of the collection is so high, the quantity so great, that it is easy to overlook the unmatched grandeur of individual pieces.  Join Brock Jobe, Professor Emeritus at Winterthur, as he focuses on five New England landmarks from this splendid collection, explores their groundbreaking significance, and traces the diverse paths that brought them to Winterthur.  Along the way, we will witness the discipline, persistence, and artistic eye that guided Henry Francis du Pont in his pursuit of excellence. Purchase tickets online or by calling 800.448.3883. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.   

Coronation train, Copyright RSN Archive

Royal Splendor Lecture: "The Royal School of Needlework's Role in British Coronations of the 20th Century"

Tuesday, November 7

Copeland Lecture Hall, 6:00 pm


In this fully illustrated lecture, Dr. Susan Kay-Williams, chief executive and curator of the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), which was founded in 1872 and worked on cornation regalia for all four British monarchs of the 20th century,  will reveal the work that was done for coronations and discuss pieces that were reused by different monarchs and elements that  are still in use today. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.

Copyright RSN Archives

Royal Splendor Lecture: "The Royal School of Needlework: Keeping Hand Embroidery Alive"


Wednesday, November 8

Rotunda, 12:15 pm


The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) was founded in 1872 to keep the art of hand embroidery alive and to offer suitable occupation to ladies who would otherwise be destitute. Dr. Susan Kay-Williams, chief executive, RSN, will explore objects from its collection and show the wide range of work produced by its students today. Members free. Included with admission.

Detail from the book cover Christmas with the First Ladies: The White House Decorating Tradition from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama by Coleen Christian Burke

Member Appreciation Lecture: "Christmas with the First Ladies"

Sunday, November 19

Copeland Lecture Hall, 1:00 pm


Get an inside peek at the holiday magic that happens at the White House! Esteemed interior decorator Coleen Christian Burke, author of Christmas with the First Ladies: The White House Decorating Tradition from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama, explores the history of decorating the White House of the holidays in this lavishly illustrated lecture. Members only. Members free. Members may bring up to two guests. $10 per guest. Reserve tickets online or call 800.448.3883.

Anthony M. Amore, Director of Security & Chief Investigator, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Treasures on Trial Evening Lecture: "The Art of the Con"


Wednesday, November 29

Copeland Lecture Hall, 6:00 pm


The Art of the Con by Anthony M. Amore uncovers history's most notorious but untold cons. Amore is an expert in security matters and head of security and chief investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston. He is the co-author of Stealing Rembrandts, which was a Wall Street Journal True Crime Best Seller. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883.

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