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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!


Costuming THE CROWN Lecture: “Live Like a Royal: Staying in Britain’s Country-House Hotels and Private Country Houses”

September 7, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
There is no better way to immerse yourself in British history than by living in it. Join Winterthur’s Director of External Affairs and Anglophile Tom Savage on this lecture tour of the best country houses turned deluxe hotels and the private seats of earls and countesses where he has been a house guest over four decades, most recently with Winterthur’s Henry Francis du Pont Collectors Circle. Copeland Lecture Hall. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.


Costuming THE CROWN Lecture: "Fit for a Queen"

September 17, 6:00 pm
When a monarch changes there is not just a coronation, a great deal of additional work has to be done too. This lecture by Dr. Susan Kay-Williams, chief executive of the Royal School of Needlework (RSN), will look at some of the insignia, banners, flags, and other accouterments the RSN had to change or create for new ceremonial duties. Dr. Kay-Williams will share the range of RSN clients and their requirements as well as give insight into public life in 1950s Britain. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.


: "Celebrating a Reign: Royal Gifts and Souvenirs"

September 18, 12:15 pm
This lecture by Dr. Susan Kay-Williams, chief executive of the Royal School of Needlework (RSN)will feature gifts the RSN has made for Her Majesty The Queen, who, with her family, was a Royal School of Needlework patron from 2002 to 2016. It will also feature the embroideries created for stitchers to work to celebrate some of the births, marriages, jubilees, and anniversaries. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.



Costuming THE CROWN Lecture: "The British Crown Jewels: Triumph & Tragedy"

October 1, 6:00 pm
They stand alone, above all others: the British Crown Jewels. Spanning centuries and offering bling on an unrivaled scale, they tell the story in gold and gems of the rise and fall of dynasties, of beheadings and coronations, all wrapped up with unparalleled magnificence. This lecture by Curt DiCamillo, curator for Special Collections at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, will reveal the Crown Jewels in all their glittering splendor, from the enormous Black Prince’s Ruby (really a 170-carat red spinel) in the famous Imperial State Crown to the gold- and gem-encrusted castle that is the Salt of State. The Crown Jewels offer more than just an endless sea of gold dotted with thousands of emeralds, rubies, and diamonds. What brings them alive are the stories of people who possessed these priceless jewels: the kings and queens of England. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.


Costuming THE CROWN Lecture: "Designing for Film" 

October 11, 11:00 am, Copeland Lecture Hall

Jane Petrie, costume designer for the Emmy® award-winning Netflix series The Crown, reflects on her work in contemporary film design and how it impacted—and improved—her work for period pieces such as The Crown. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.



Costuming THE CROWN Evening Lecture: “Why William Wore Red and Harry Wore Dark Blue: Decoding British Military Uniforms”

November 13, 6–7 pm
Patrick Baty, color consultant and military and art historian, will help us discover the meaning and symbolism behind the elaborate, even exotic, uniforms worn by the British Royal princes and explain why, indeed, William wore red and Harry wore dark blue. Copeland Lecture Hall. $10 per Member. $15 per nonmember.

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