Lectures

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

Costuming THE CROWN Lecture: "The Royal Family and Ships of State: The Politics of Ocean Liner Design and Decoration"

June 20, 12:15–1:15 pm

Since the inception of ocean liners in the 19th century, the British Royal Family has frequently highlighted the ships' potential to be floating examples of the nation's political might, technological advancement, and sophisticated design. Join maritime historian Christian Roden as he explores the history of these vessels and their close relationship to the kings and queens of England. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember. Call 800.448.3883. 

AMERICAN EDEN
David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

August 21, 6:00 pm

This illustrated lecture by historian Victoria Johnson features her new book, American Eden, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction and the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History. She tells the story of David Hosack, the family doctor and friend to Hamilton and Burr, and the man they chose to serve as attending physician at their July 1804 duel. Today Hosack is a shadowy figure at the edge of that famous duel, the great achievements of his life forgotten; however in 1801, on twenty acres of Manhattan farmland, Hosack founded the first public botanical garden in the new nation, amassing a spectacular collection of medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental plants that brought him worldwide praise. Today, his former garden is the site of Rockefeller Center. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember. 

Come view our new exhibition Hamilton and Burr: Who Wrote Their Stories? before the lecture!

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