Virtual Lectures

Registration required. Each lecture $15; $10 for Winterthur and DMNH members (enter discount code MEMBER)

Here Comes the Bride: Recreating Ruth Wales’s 1916 Wedding Gown
March 9, 6:00–7:00 pm

Armed with just two photos and a newspaper description, Dr. Karin Bohleke of the Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University undertook the commission to recreate Ruth Wales du Pont’s stunning wedding gown for the exhibit Lady of the House: Ruth Wales du Pont. Learn how knowledge of historic dressmaking techniques and a handful of period examples informed Dr. Bohleke’s painstaking efforts and discover what the gown reveals about the bride.

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Lessons from the Luthier
March 16, 6:00–7:00 pm

Third-generation old-world luthier Manuel A. Delgado of Nashville-based Delgado Guitars will share his family’s business story that dates back to 1928. Through the generations, Manuel learned not only how to be a luthier, or maker of stringed instruments, but he also learned many lessons taught to him by his grandfather and father about life. “Start with the end in mind,” Candelario Delgado, Manuel’s father would tell him from the time he could remember. This instruction has been one of Manuel's guiding principles and one he is instilling in his daughters, the fourth generation of Delgado Guitars. Join Delgado for a discussion of his life, art, and the music that has shaped his business.

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The Met’s New British Galleries
March 23, 6:00–7:00 pm

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renovated British Galleries, which opened early in March 2020 (for the museum’s 150th anniversary), now tell a nuanced story about Britain’s imperial past and its dealings with the rest of the world. Lead Curator Wolf Burchard describes the reimagining of ten galleries, including three magnificent historic interiors, to present British art and design from a fresh perspective.

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Taking Our Time: Paper-Cut-Project’s Slow Approach to the World of High Art and Fast Fashion
March 30, 6:00–7:00 pm

The Paper-Cut-Project’s innovative paper wigs and masks have captured the imaginations of fashion’s most illustrious houses, including Hermès, Cartier, Valentino, Christie’s, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Celebrating just over ten years since their collection debuted, Amy Flurry and Nikki Nye have been sought out for private commissions and public installations by fashion houses, museums, and hotels and have been featured in the New York Times, Vogue Italia, and among numerous art books.

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Unlikely Friends: H. F. du Pont and Dr. Albert Barnes
April 6, 6:00–7:00 pm

Du Pont focused on fine antiques, while Barnes preferred modern art and folk art: what could they possibly have in common? Winterthur Estate Historian Jeff Groff attempts to shed light on the shared interests of these world-renowned collectors while also exploring du Pont’s other connections to the world of modern art from the 1930s to the 1950s.

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The Persuasive Power of Letterforms
April 13, 6:00–7:00 pm

Letters do more than merely convey information; they have the capacity to persuade, entertain, and even provoke us. Our humble alphabet wields tremendous influence simply through the personality expressed by its forms. Ken Barber, COO and director of Typeface Design at Delaware-based House Industries, gives us a peek behind the curtain at the foundry’s library of internationally recognized fonts, as well as a selection of the hand-lettered identities that House Industries has created for people and brands the world over.

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Birth of a Salesman: The Streamlining of Raymond Loewy
April 20, 6:00–7:00 pm

What would the American landscape of consumer products look like without the influence of “the father of industrial design” Raymond Loewy? Biographer John Wall describes Loewy’s story as one of immigrant striving accomplished through streamlining his own image—carefully building an international reputation through assiduous courting of journalists and tastemakers to become the face of a new profession—industrial design.

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From Drawing Board to Dinner Table
April 27, 6:00–7:00 pm

Mottahedeh, Inc., is the recognized leader in luxury ceramic antique reproductions and historic designs. Wendy Kvalheim, owner and design director, chronicles the how-to of creating ceramic dinnerware at her ninety-year-old company, which celebrates complex and beautiful colors, unique historic shapes, centuries-old craftsmanship, and an impeccable attention to detail.

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Delaware Mineralogical Society Evening Lecture Series

March 8, April 12 & May 10, 7:00 pm

Delaware Mineralogical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and education of mineralogy, paleontology, and the lapidary arts. Monthly meetings with speakers and programs promote the goals of the society. The presentations will be on-site at Winterthur with time for Q & A at the end. Register through Christine Verdi Visit for more information. Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. 

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