Programs at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum


Summer Art Exhibit: Featuring Watercolors by Award-winning Artist, Historic Preservationist, and Antiques Expert Mimi Adams Findlay

Halloween: Ghostly Sightings Tours: October 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 & 31, 2014

City of Norwalk's Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Exhibit Mini Tours: December 5, 2014

Victorian Tea: November 9, 2014 ~ 2-4 p.m.

A Clemens Christmas: Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Mansion's Holiday Exhibit: November 28, 2014, Wed. –Sun. 12-4 p.m.

Holiday Open House: December 14, 2014, 12-4 p.m.

Summer Art Exhibit
Featuring Watercolors by Award-winning Artist, Historic Preservationist, and Antiques Expert Mimi Adams Findlay
Wed.-Sun., 12-4 p.m.
General Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors, $6, 8-18

A new exhibit of watercolors by artist Mimi Adams will open on June 18, 2014, 12-4 p.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum at 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT.  The exhibit will run through October 31.           

Mimi Adams Findlay, a New Canaan resident for over 40 years, studied watercolor painting first with Mac Squires in Wilton from 1961-65, and then with Edgar Whitney from 1965-1975. His challenging tutorials enabled her to paint in the “wet on wet” method, saturating both sides of the paper, front and back and then completing the painting before the paper is completely dry.  Always painting outdoors, on site her subjects have been flowers in her gardens, her children, landscapes and seascapes, especially in Maine and Nantucket, and occasionally scenes in Paris. She won first prize in the Darien Art Show and in the Washington Square, NYC, Art Show in the 1970s.  In 1970 she won first prize for watercolor painting at the New Canaan Outdoor Art Show. 

An art history major at Smith College she had also studied in Providence, RI, as a teenager with Gino Conti, artist member of the Providence Art Club.  Since 1966 she has been a professional watercolorist and has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women.

Since 1975 she had directed her professional efforts to the study of the history of interior design and historic preservation at the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.  She was appointed to the Connecticut Historic Preservation Board and served from 1974 to 1984. 

Subsequently Mimi became a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, The Victorian Society in America and Connecticut Preservation Action.  She served on the New Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission for nine years from 1979-1988, and founded the New Canaan Preservation Alliance Inc. seven years ago. 

From 1980 to 2005 she owned Mimi Findlay Antiques/Design, exhibiting in Antiques Shows in New York City, offering design services to private clients for the restoration of historic interiors as well as providing the appropriate antiques and period furnishings.  She serves on the Vetting Committee of the prestigious annual Winter Antiques Show in the Armory.

The Museum’s 2014 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons, the Estate of Cynthia Clark Brown; The Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors, Klaff’s, The Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation;  LMMM Sustainers: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners. 

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. Tours are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, 
at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children.  Children under 8 are admitted free.  For more information, visit, e-mail, or call 203-838-9799.

Halloween: Ghostly Sightings Tours
October 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 & 31, 2014
12-4 p.m.
General Admission: $20

The Ghostly Sightings Tours at the Mansion will focus on the history of the house, when it was a private residence, between 1868 and 1938. Visitors may encounter a ghost who is haunted by those memories and walks through the first and second floors of the Mansion during tour hours, but only at Halloween! 

City of Norwalk's Tree Lighting Ceremony & Holiday Exhibit Mini Tours
December 5, 2014
5-8:30 p.m.
$5 Admission

Come join us for a tour of our historic period rooms, displaying Victorian holiday traditions decade by decade. See how the small table-top trees of the 1850s transformed into the magnificent floor-to-ceiling trees of the 1890s. Learn about the different types of gifts that were enjoyed throughout the era, and discover the origins of some of your own favorite traditions. As a special feature this year, the Magnificent Victorian Holiday at the Mansion will connect to the mansion’s Hidden Treasures exhibit of exquisite artifacts belonging the Lockwood and Mathews families.

Victorian Tea
November 9, 2014 ~ 2-4 p.m.
$35 members; $45 non-members

Tea lovers, history buffs and those looking for a unique experience will delight in attending the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Annual Victorian Tea.  This Victorian-era National Historic Landmark celebrates the great afternoon “teatime” tradition, said to have been started by the Duchess of Bedford, one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting.   Come enjoy a traditional tea surrounded by unparalleled Gilded Age interiors and furniture and the splendor of the most magnificent Mansion in Connecticut.

The family-friendly event features a formal English tea in the Mansion’s Rotunda, including a wide selection of desserts, sandwiches, and the traditional scones and cream, catered by a tea ceremony expert. Music and entertainment will also be featured.

A Clemens Christmas
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
11:00 AM
$25 members; $30 non-members

On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 11 a.m., Curator Patricia Philippon will give a talk entitled, A Clemens Christmas, which will highlight the Christmas celebrations that took place in the Hartford home of Mark Twain.

This lecture will discuss Victorian holiday traditions, as well as provide a virtual walk-through of the Clemens 19-room, Tiffany-decorated mansion decked out for the family's holiday celebrations, from 1874 to 1891, when the author, his wife, and three daughters lived in the house.  

This lecture will lead the audience throughout the house, starting with a "kissing ball" of mistletoe and the home's massive staircase wreathed in garlands and ribbons. Along with the holiday decorations Ms. Philippon will discuss Clemens’ own holiday sentiments and introduce lecture goers to Mark Twain’s storytelling side, his humor, and his endearing thoughts on this cherished family tradition. 

Patricia Philippon is the Executive Director of the American Clock & Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut and was the chief curator of The Mark Twain House & Museum from 2007 to 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Providence College, RI and a Masters in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

This will be the sixth in a series of lectures entitled, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion: Seventy-Four Years of Culture - Art, Life, and Love, 1864-1938 by curators and experts in the field of Victorian era material life. The lectures are $25 for members, $30 for non-members per session. Please RSVP by Friday, November 7, 2014. The price includes lecture, lunch and a first floor Mansion tour.  Lunch is courtesy of Michael Gilmartin's Outdoor Cookers.  The chair of the Lecture Committee is Mimi Findlay of New Canaan. Please contact or 203-838-9799, ext. 4 to purchase tickets. 

The Museum’s 2014 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, The Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation; and LMMM Sustainers: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark.  For more information on schedules and programs please visit:, e-mail, or call 203-838-9799.

The Mansion's Holiday Exhibit
November 28, 2014, Wed. –Sun. 12-4 p.m.
$10 for adults, $8 for Seniors, $6, 8-18

This exhibit will trace the development of the holiday traditions during the Victorian era in America. Visitors will see its evolution from 1850 to the 1900s, from small tabletop tree with edibles and handmade ornaments, to lavishly embellished trees that stood on the floor and almost reached the ceiling. The Museum will also explore the Mansion during the 1930s, and the decorations and gift-giving traditions during Florence Mathews' era.

Holiday Open House
December 14, 2014, 12-4 p.m.
$5 Admission

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will create a festive family event and several hours of entertainment, all in the spirit of an old-fashioned community celebration.  Holiday displays, Santa Claus, music, holiday refreshments, and the cherished Teddy Bear and Doll Victorian Tea will delight and entertain the entire community.

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