Experience beauty all around–and so much more—this fall season at Winterthur. With family fun every weekend and a full calendar of on-site and virtual programs and events all season long, we’re sure you will fall for Winterthur. Become a Member today and save on many of our fall programs and so much more!

On-site Programs


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Wellness Yoga
Tuesdays and Thursdays, September through November, 9:00 am-10:00 am

Activate your internal energy and strengthen your body and spirit as you practice slow, easy motions to get into the rhythm of nature. Led by Beth Sheehy. Members only. Bring a yoga mat, small towel, and a water bottle. Wear layers appropriate to the season.



Tailgate Tours
Thursday, October 22, 4:30–6:00 pm

Explore the Winterthur Estate on a leisurely stroll through the garden and estate guided by one of our staff members and hear about Winterthur's history, design, and plants.

 Then stop at our tailgate for some refreshments in picturesque locations to enjoy hors d'oeuvres along with a selection of hard and soft beverages. $35 per person. $30 per Member. Registration required.  Meet at Visitor Center.

The Pinetum with Horticultural Staff Member
Thursday, September 10, 5:30–7:00pm

Winterthur's Great Trees with Senior Arborist Kevin Braun
Thursday, October 22, 4:30–6:00pm

Garden Director’s Walks
Second Saturday of the month, September–December, 1:00 pm

Join Winterthur’s Director of Garden & Estate Chris Strand on a special walk highlighting interesting and seldom seen parts of the Winterthur landscape!

Be sure to dress for the weather and wear walking shoes. In case of inclement weather, an update message will be left at 302.888.4915 approximately 3 hours before the walk. 90 minutes. Members free. Included with admission. Walk will last about an hour and a half. 

To ensure a safe experience and comply with reopening regulations mandated by the state of Delaware, tour capacity will be limited and advance registration is required. Visitors and staff must wear face coverings and maintain a social distance of six feet apart during the walk. To provide a touchless admission process, reservations must be made by calling 800.448.3883.

Autumn Color, Flowers, and Fruits
Saturday, October 10, 1:00 pm

Late Fall Color in the Garden
Saturday, November 14, 1:00 pm


Best and Beautiful Garden Walks
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11:00 am & 1:00 pm

Visit garden areas not seen from the tram route and discover what is best and beautiful today in our changing naturalistic garden.

One-hour walk; meet outside the Brown Horticulture Center, near the Greenhouse complex. Route to be determine by guide based on what areas are in bloom or of peak interest. Advance reservations required. Limited to 10 people. Masks required for guide and participants. Included with admission.  Members free.


Discover the Winterthur Garden Tram Tours (seasonal and weather permitting)
Tuesdays through Sundays in October, 10:30 & 11:30 am, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 pm

Experience the beauty of our 60-acre naturalist garden aboard an open-air tram. This 30-minute narrated tour begins at the Visitor Center with stops at Enchanted Woods and the Museum.

To ensure a safe experience and comply with reopening regulations mandated by the state of Delaware, tram tour capacity will be limited and advance registration is required. Visitors and staff must wear face masks and maintain a social distance of six feet apart. To provide a touchless admission process, reservations must be made by calling 800.448.3883. Weather permitting. Included with admission.  Members free.


Fall for Winterthur: Scavenger Hunt!
Tuesday–Sunday, October 5–31, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Instagram and Around the Estate

Ready, set… GO! Tap your inner hunter or huntress and join a scavenger hunt to discover the hidden magic at Winterthur.

Using Instagram for weekly clues, you’ll be led along creeks, over hills, through meadows and secret coves to find treasures that await.  Search for storied trees, check for cheeky garden gnomes, listen for sounds on the wind, and unveil gems of the earth.  You can play on your own or make a team with friends, coworkers, or family. Prizes await! There is so much to discover in the great outdoors at Winterthur! Different scavenger hunts will be posted each week on Instagram throughout the month of October. Prizes will be awarded for categories and also selected from a random raffle.  Included with admission.  Members free.



Re-Vision 20/20: Through a Woman’s Lens, Curator's Gallery Walk
Tuesdays, October 6 & November 3, 2:00–3:00 pm

Join us for a curator's walk of the installment Re-Vision 2020.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary year of the 19th amendment, Re-Vision 20/20: Through a Woman’s Lens looks at objects in the Winterthur galleries through the lens of women’s stories, recognizing the everyday women who forged a better path for themselves, and ultimately for future generations, in creative, intellectual, and entrepreneurial ways.


Truck and Tractor Day Parade and Picnic - SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 10, 10:00 am–2:00 pm

The tradition continues … with a 2020 twist! Our annual fall family day celebrates the season with the chance to discover ‘wheel big’ trucks, tractors, and farm equipment needed both now and in the days of H. F. du Pont to operate a big country estate like Winterthur.

Join us this year for a special truck parade and enjoy picnicking in the garden along the parade route. Bring your own picnic or purchase food and drinks onsite and the go explore the garden on your own. Parade Route and Picnic AreasIncluded with admission. Members free. Call 800.448.3883 for details on the parade route, timing, and picnicking locations. Parade will run twice at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Reservations recommended as capacity is limited. Rain date is Saturday, October 17.  

Included with admission. Members free.

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This event is sponsored by Delaware College Investment Plan and Fidelity Investments.


Drive-in Movie Weekend - Hocus Pocus (Saturday) Is Sold Out
Friday-Sunday, October 23–25, 5:30–9:00 pm (movie starts at 6:30 pm)
Winterthur Point-to-Point Fields, Gate 2

We’re rolling back the calendar to the era of drive-in movies! Pile your friends and family in the car and take in a fun film under the night sky.

Friday, October 23 —Secretariat (2010, 2h 3m, PG)
A nod to Winterthur’s long standing Point to Point tradition, Secretariat is an American biographical sports drama film chronicling the life of thoroughbred race horse Secretariat, winner of the Triple Crown in 1973.

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Saturday, October 24—Hocus Pocus (1993, 1h 36m, PG) - SOLD OUT
Hocus Pocus is tonight’s focus!  Join us for this horror film comedy about a trio of witches who are inadvertently resurrected by a teenage boy in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night.

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Sunday, October 25—Little Women (2019, 2h 15m, PG)
Set during the Civil War in which H.F. du Pont’s father also served, Little Women is the story of a family coping with their father’s wartime absence. Join us for this 2019 coming of age adaptation of the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott.

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$40 per car. $35 per Member car. Movies can be viewed from cars or on the grass with BYO blankets and lawn chairs. BYO food and drink, or enjoy our food tent with hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, soda, and popcorn for purchase. Reservations recommended. Day-of arrivals welcome.

Tram and Treat - SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 31, 10:00 am–2:00 pm

Dress your goblins and princesses in their Halloween finest and join us for daytime trick-or-treating in Winterthur’s garden.

Ride a tram with stops along the way for enjoying candy, crafts, live music, and games.

Included with admission (plus required $5 trick-or-treat candy bag). Members free (plus required $5 trick-or-treat candy bag). While supplies last. Reservations recommended as capacity is limited.

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Member Event: Member Appreciation Day
Sunday, November 1, 11:00-3:00 pm

Virtual Programs

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Workshops & Classes

Crafternoon
Second Friday of the month, October–December, 1:00–2:15 pm
Come creatively connect with objects in the museum, garden, and library collections, while you chat with other craft enthusiasts. Each session pairs objects or themes represented at Winterthur with crafty inspiration. Every project is designed to be fun!  

Bierstadt Butterflies, September 11

Find inspiration in one-of-a-kind butterflies created by the artist Albert Bierstadt and his sister, Eliza. Supplies and instruction included. $8. $5 per Member. Registration required.

Cut Paper Collages, October 9

The British Artist Mary Delany discovered her talent for creating delicate collages at the age of 72. Come enjoy camaraderie as you try cut paper collaging for yourself.  $8. $5 per Member. Registration required. 

Chopstick Oil Diffusers, November 13

Use up a few of those chopsticks you’ve accumulated from takeout to create your own oil diffusers. Concoct your own aromatic diffusing oil to round out the fun. $8. $5 per Member. Registration required.


Stitch & Socialize Virtual Needlework workshop
Saturday, September 12, 16 & 26, 9:00–9:45 am

Make your own sweet Philadelphia Sampler box and receive expert instruction over the course of three Saturday mornings, without having to leave your dining room table.

Sharon Verbos of The Purple Thread will guide experts and novices alike with patient good humor through the process of assembling a beautiful wool, Linen and Paper Box with designs inspired by a sampler in the Winterthur collection. Kit includes everything you need, besides a pair of scissors. Chart includes the pincushion bottom of the box, a Needlebook and Scissor Fob all using the motifs of the Sampler. Visit www.winterthurstore.com to register for the class ($90. $80 per Member), or to simply purchase a kit ($60. $54  per Member). Registration required by August 31.

History through Fiction Book Club
October 6, November 3, and December 1 10:00 am–12:00 pm or 1:30–3:30 pm

During this three-month series, we will discuss classic and new works (both fiction and nonfiction) that illuminate American life and examine relevant objects from the Winterthur collection.

 Registration is required by October 4. $30; $20 per Member for the entire three-month series. Register now!

The Beneficiary by Janny Scott        Get the book here!

The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott

The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock


Needle Felted Twisted Stem Pumpkins: Virtual Craft Class - SOLD OUT
October 17, 1:00–2:30 pm

Join Marsha Minutella to learn the basics of the Sarafina® style of needle felting while working on three fun pumpkins that can be held in the palm of your hand.

In this beginner class, you will learn about wool roving and the special tools used to sculpt the wool into shape while bringing these pumpkins to life. Register by October 8 to receive materials kit sent directly to your home, including 2 single needles, needle felting surface, wool roving, Border Leicester sheep curls, and written instructions. ($50; $45 per Member)

 

Objects Up Close
September 15, October 20, and November 17, 10:00–11:00 am

Join a staff expert virtually on the third Tuesday of each month for a lively introduction to assorted objects. Each month features a different theme.

Nature’s Plastics

Tuesday, September 15, 10:00–11:00 am

Natural materials are beautiful, versatile, and biodegradable, so why did we switch to plastic?

Come learn about artistry and historic uses of horn and tortoiseshell as well as issues associated with global trade and sustainability. Curator of Objects Ann Wagner and cataloguer Katie Lagarde will also discuss the leadership role Winterthur has taken to identify these objects with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Registration required.  $15. $10 per Member.

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Birds, Beasts & Ceramics

Tuesday, October 20, 10:00–11:00 am

In this live demonstration, learn about a wonderful range of ceramics that illustrate shapes and patterns inspired by familiar as well as more exotic animals. Consider how such objects were shaped and decorated over the centuries, in different parts of the world. Explore such themes during a private, virtual demonstration led by Ceramics and Glass Curator Leslie Grigsby. Registration required. $15. $10 per Member.

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British Printed Textiles: Telling Stories

Tuesday, November 17, 10:00–11:00 am
Curator of Textiles Linda Eaton takes you on a whirlwind virtual tour British society in the eighteenth and nineteenth-centuries based on narratives revealed by textiles printed with images related to theater, novels, and even alcoholic beverages, especially beer! Registration required. $15. $10 for members.

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Garden to Vase
Third Wednesday of the month, September–October, 5:30–7:30 pm

Use Winterthur as an inspiration for your own unique floral arrangements as you learn the latest trends in locally-sourced cut flowers and professional design tips. Heidi Militana, Winterthur’s floral supervisor, teaches this series, which includes special after-hours tours and lively interaction with a community of creative people. Each month features a different theme. Third Wednesdays. Registration required. $70. $60 per Member. Discount available for multiple sessions.

Fall Flower Bounty

Wednesday, September 16, 5:30–7:30 pm

Remotely, participate in a private, behind-the-scenes tour of Winterthur rooms that showcase H. F. du Pont’s impeccable use of color. Using fruits and flowers of the season, in your own home, create a bountiful centerpiece for a fall table setting. Also see where Stella Price, H. F. du Pont’s original floral designer, worked. Flowers and vases will be provided for pickup at Winterthur.

Pumpkins & Gourds

Wednesday, October 21, 5:30–7:30 pm

In a virtual classroom setting, participants will be working with succulents and pumpkins to create an outdoor fall decoration. Discover some of the ways the du Ponts used different trends in their design work. Pumpkins, succulents, and all supplies will be picked up at Winterthur.Participants will need a glue gun.

Chocolates of the World: A Master Tasting Class - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, October 28, 6:00–7:00 pm

On this “National Chocolate Day” spend an evening with Chef Rick Wolff!

 Even culinary novices will leave understanding where chocolate comes from and where it is going. From bean to bar, you’ll learn how chocolate is made—from the original growth of the cacao bean in its country of origin to its harvest, processing, and preparation. Tastings will teach you how to experience chocolate of different flavors and nuances.

Chef Wolff, currently vice president of culinary innovation, Cafe Valley Bakery Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, has worked in chocolate manufacturing, pastry development, and retail product development in France, Switzerland, and the Americas. As a classically trained chef he has worked internationally in various segments of the industry including hotels, such as The Hotel Hershey, fine and casual dining, manufacturing, consumer food products, and R&D to change the quality and look of American food.

$10 registration fee, plus purchase of $10 chocolate tasting kit. Member registration FREE, plus purchase of $10 chocolate tasting kit. Tasting kits can be picked up at Winterthur Museum Cottage Store or shipped for a $4 fee. Reservations required.

Lectures

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Virtual Fall Lecture Series:
Join us this fall for a fascinating lecture series by and about women influencers, creators, thinkers, and disruptors. Tuesdays in September and October. $15. $10 per Member. 15% discount [per lecture] for those who attend 4 lectures or more. Teachers can earn up to 3 recertification credits. To register for 4 or more lectures, please call 800.448.3883. To register for individual lectures, click on the link under each lecture description.

Shaker Women over Two Centuries
Tuesday, September 15, 6:00-7:00 pm

Were Shaker women just plainly dressed and celibate religious devotees, or were they radical change-makers on the cutting edge of social progress? Christian Goodwillie, director and curator of special collections at Hamilton College, asks you to be the judge as you wind your way through the experiences of women in Shaker communities from the 1780s to the present.
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Stitching Resistance
Tuesday, September 22, 6:00–7:00 pm

What are the roots of today's interest in political stitching? Mariah Gruner, a doctoral candidate in American Studies at Boston University, examines the uses of needlework in both the abolitionist and suffrage movements and explores the ways in which activists exploited its associations with domesticity, femininity, and sentiment for their own ends.
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Influence & Impact: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Transformative Words
Tuesday, September 29, 6:00–7:00 pm

Uncle Tom’s Cabin was a runaway bestseller when it was published in 1852. Though modern readers may dismiss it as sentimental fiction, and some scholars criticize it for codifying racial stereotypes, the influence and impact of this novel cannot be underestimated.  Beth Burgess, director of collections & research at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, unpacks the lasting legacy of the author and her work.
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The Incomparable Louise du Pont Crowninshield
Tuesday, October 6, 6:00 pm

Estate Historian Jeff Groff illuminates H. F. du Pont's older sister Louise, who was the last private owner of Eleutherian Mills (later known as Hagley Museum and Library), and a pillar of the preservation community in her own right.
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Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life in Politics
Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 pm

Although she never held an elective office, Eleanor Roosevelt laid the groundwork for contemporary women in government and revolutionized the role of First Lady. Christopher Brick, editor and principal investigator for the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project at The George Washington University, illuminates the characteristics that Roosevelt shares with a few of our female lawmakers—and what they might learn from her.
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Portrait of a Woman in Silk
Tuesday, October 20, 6:00–7:00 pm

Discover how the lives of an eighteenth-century woman textile designer and a wealthy merchant’s wife are interwoven in this talk based on the recent book by Zara Anishanslin, associate professor of history and art history, and director, History of American Civilization Program, University of Delaware.
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The Lady Was a Spy: Female Operatives in WWII
Tuesday, October 27, 6:00–7:00 pm

Throughout World War II a group of fearless and committed patriots risked their lives to achieve victory in Europe. Their work was crucial to the war effort, yet their stories have only recently been revealed. The Lady Was a Spy highlights the unconventional contributions of these brave women to victory in World War II. Presented by Linda De Roche, professor of English and American studies at Wesley College.
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Virtual Author Series
Acclaimed authors speak on a wide variety of topics one Saturday each month. Registration recommended. $15. $10 per Member.

Sally Bedell Smith: Behind the Scenes at the White House
Saturday, September 26, 11:00 am

Sally Bedell Smith is the author of the bestselling biographies of William S. Paley, Pamela Harriman, Princess Diana, President John Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, and Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 1996, she previously worked at Time and New York Times, where she was a cultural news reporter. She was awarded a Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for magazine reporting in 1982 and was a fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center in 1986. Her talk draws upon her work Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House, for which she spoke to scores of Kennedy intimates to paint a richly detailed picture of the personal relationships behind the high purpose and political drama of the twentieth century’s most storied presidency.
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Marta McDowell: Landscape Designs during the Golden Age of American Gardens
Saturday, October 24, 11:00 am

Recognized by the Garden Club of America for outstanding literary achievement, Marta McDowell follows the relationship between the pen and the trowel, that is authors and their gardens, including Emily Dickinson and Laura Ingalls Wilder among others. She is the author of New York Times best-seller All the Presidents Gardens, for which she was also awarded an American Horticultural Society book award. A teacher of landscape history and horticulture at New York Botanical Garden, as well as an author, Marta will focus on designing women. Stretching across the turn of the twentieth century, designers such as Marian Coffin, Martha Brookes Hutcheson, and Ellen Shipman transformed the wealth of the Industrial Revolution into beautiful landscapes for estates across the country. This lecture highlights design principles that these women employed, principles that fit gardens of any size.
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The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father with Janny Scott
November 21, 11:00 am

In her New York Times bestselling book A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother, journalist Janny Scott made use of her research, reporting, and writing skills to illuminate a previously opaque but important family story. In her new book, she uses those same skills to examine another unusual and complex family saga—her own. Part memoir of life at the Main Line estate Androssan, part class history, part detective story, THE BENEFICIARY: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father explores the degree to which an inheritance— financial, cultural, and genetic—conspired in one person’s self-destruction. It offers a vital and revealing perspective on wealth and its effects.

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Family Programs

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Family Fun Friday
Friday, September 25, 6:00–8:00 pm

Join us virtually for a night filled with laughter and bonding as you and your family participate in interactive fun and games.

Registration required. $25 per family. $20 per Member family.

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Day Off Learners Club
Monday, September 28, 1:00–1:45 pm

Always wondering what to do with your kids when they have the day off from school?

Join us for a virtual program filled with interactive lessons and games about all things history, art, and science.

Registration Required. $8 per child. $5 per Member child. Call 800.448.3883 to register. 

 

Virtual Conferences

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Needlework Conference: The Inspired Needle: Embroidery Past and Present
Friday & Saturday, October 2 & 3

Embroidery is both a long-standing tradition and a contemporary craft. It reflects the intellectual endeavors, enlivens the political debates, and empowers the entrepreneurial pursuits of those who dare to pick up a needle. Inspiration abounds during this two-day celebration of needlework—and needleworkers—presented by Winterthur staff, visiting scholars, designers, and artists. Join us!

$150. $125 per Member. Your registration fee enables us to enlist a world-renowned roster of presenters and supports educational programming at Winterthur. It includes eight pre-recorded lectures, available to watch as many times as you wish during the month of October; four live conversations with internationally known teachers and scholars; plus three fun, interactive events.

Furniture Up Close: The Beltway & Beyond
Neoclassical Furniture of Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and the Coastal Mid-Atlantic

Thursday & Friday, October 8 & 9

Curators, scholars, craftsmen, and collectors share research on furniture from this early nineteenth-century hotbed of stylistic innovation.

Registration begins August 15. $125. $100 for Winterthur Members. Your registration fee enables us to enlist a world-renowned roster of presenters and supports educational programming at Winterthur. Includes 12 pre-recorded lectures available to watch as many times as you wish during the month of October, 2 live conversations with internationally-known teachers and scholars, 2 live workshops with expert craftsmen, and 1 optional Trivia experience.

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