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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
Tuesdays, October 6 & November 3, 2:00–3:00 pm
Join us for a curator's walk of the installment Re-Vision 2020.
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.
Included with admission. Members free.
This event is sponsored by Delaware College Investment Plan and Fidelity Investments.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
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.
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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Workshops & Classes
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Beneficiary by Janny Scott Get the book here!
The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott
The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, October 28, 6:00–7:00 pm
On this “National Chocolate Day” spend an evening with Chef Rick Wolff!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, September 28, 1:00–1:45 pm
Always wondering what to do with your kids when they have the day off from school?
Registration Required. $8 per child. $5 per Member child. Call 800.448.3883 to register.
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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.
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.