Programs at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will open a new exhibit, Hidden Treasures: Artifacts from the LMMM Collections, which will bring to light hidden treasures from the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s collections. Rarely-seen artifacts and exquisite decorative arts objects from the Lockwood and Mathews families will be on view, giving visitors a glimpse into the personal lives and styles of the Mansion’s former occupants. Among the objects to be displayed is a pair of Bohemian glass goblets monogrammed with the Lockwood “L” in gold, a magnificent silver inkwell with cherubs designed by Tiffany & Co., and an assortment of whimsical and ornate silver and gold hat pins worn by the Lockwood women. Objects from the Mathews family will include a small perfume bottle made by Tiffany & Co., with a gold, turquoise and pearl cap, and elegant gold-monogrammed dishes decorated with images of fruits and flowers.
The holiday season at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will begin at noon on November 28, 2014 with the exhibit, A Magnificent Victorian Holiday at the Mansion: Splendor and Tradition Through the Decades, curated by Raechel Guest.
The exhibit will include a guided tour of the Museum’s historic period rooms, displaying Victorian holiday traditions decade by decade. Visitors will see how the small table-top trees of the 1850s transformed into the magnificent floor-to-ceiling trees of the 1890s and learn about the different types of gifts that were enjoyed throughout the Victorian era. The Magnificent Victorian Holiday at the Mansion will connect to the Museum’s Hidden Treasures exhibit of exquisite artifacts belonging to the Lockwood and Mathews families.
The first floor of the Mansion will also feature a Designer Show House of Holiday Decorations displaying lavish, traditional trees interpreted and decorated by renowned interior designers Victoria Vandamm of Vandamm Interiors and Linda Fontaine, of Linda Fontaine Design as well as artist and designer Gail Ingis-Claus. Artfully hand-crafted silk garlands will drape the Victorian grand staircase, courtesy of Danna DiElsi, owner of The Silk Touch in Norwalk, CT.
Tour hours: Wed. - Sun., noon- 4 p.m. Last tour at 3 p.m. General Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for youth, ages 8-18.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail email@example.com, or call 203-838-9799.
On December 10, 2014, 11 a.m., the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, located at 295 West Avenue in Norwalk, CT will present Celebrate the Season, a lecture by Kathy Maher, Executive Director of The Barnum Museum. As a wonderful diversion from the holiday hustle and bustle, lecture goers will take a fascinating journey back in time to holiday festivities of a bygone era as Ms. Maher presents the evolution of Christmas during the 19th century.
For well over 120 years, the celebration of this holiday has been a part of American culture and has prevailed through more than a century of altering traditions. The holiday season as we now know it, emerged from a Victorian spirit of generosity, benevolence, and community fellowship. From delicate homemade decorations and treats to the whirlwind of commercially produced ornaments and gifts, Ms. Maher will discuss the historic transformation of this extraordinary holiday.
Ms. Maher has over 27 years experience working for museums that are recognized as nationally significant historic landmarks. Throughout her career, she has envisioned, created and implemented numerous social historical exhibitions and programs that explore themes ranging from the transformation of family structure and the role of women during the American Civil War, to the struggles and triumphs of an emerging 19th century industrial America. Authoring numerous publications and exhibition narratives, Maher has been the recipient of State and National awards for research and presentation.
Ms. Maher was appointed Executive Director of The Barnum Museum in 2005. She holds a MA from New York University and has been a guest historian for the History Channel, Arts & Entertainment Network, Biography, MSG Network, British Broadcasting Company (BBC), New England Cable News (NECN), CT Public Television (CPTV), and National Public Radio (NPR).
This will be the seventh 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, December 5, 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. To purchase tickets, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-838-9799, ext. 4.
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.
On Sunday, December 14, 2014, 12-4 p.m. at 295 West Ave., the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will partner with The Talent Education Suzuki School, the Matthew Surapine Studio, and North Pole’s Santa Claus to create a joyous and festive event and several hours of entertainment for people of all ages.
The two exhibits, A Magnificent Victorian Holiday at the Mansion and Hidden Treasures: Artifacts from the LMMM Collections will be on view and visitors will be able to walk throughout the first floor of the Mansion and enjoy the holiday decorations and the rare artifacts on display. Refreshments, courtesy of Stew Leonard’s, and a Doll & Teddy Bear Victorian Tea will capture, along with the event’s talented performers, the spirit and joyfulness of the season, while giving families an opportunity to enjoy the holiday magic surrounded by the timeless splendor of an iconic mansion.
Between 12:30 and 1:15 p.m., the event will feature eight talented musicians from the Suzuki School, who are also member of the Norwalk Youth Symphony, ranging from nine to twelve years old. They have been studying music for at least seven years and will perform a repertoire of classical music.
At 1:15 p.m. Santa Claus will make his way into the Music Room with his elves. A holiday favorite, he will spend a full hour at the Mansion greeting children and hearing their Christmas wishes before he heads back to the North Pole.
From 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. students from the Mathew Surapine Studio will perform a selection of holiday favorites, ranging from classical masterpieces to music from the Great American Songbook.
At 3:15 The Doll and Teddy Bear Victorian Tea will end the festivities with a flurry of tiaras, stuffed bears, and a bingo with lots of prizes. This event is a fun way for children to experience this National Historic Landmark right in their own backyard. We encourage children to bring a favorite stuffed animal or a doll and practice good etiquette, as the Mansion continues its tradition of High Tea during the holiday season. Seating for the Tea is limited, RSVP by December 7th. For Tea tickets reservations please email email@example.com or call 203-838-9799 ext. 4. General Admission to the Holiday Open House is $5, Tea tickets are $10.
The event is generously sponsored in part by Stew Leonard’s and Pierson & Smith. 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 LMMM Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, The Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation; and LMMM Sustainers: Spinnaker Real Estate Partners.
The Lockwood-MathewsMansionMuseumis a National Historic Landmark. For more information on schedules and programs please visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-838-9799. Tour hours: Wed.-Sun., noon- 4 p.m. (last tour starts at 3 p.m.). General Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and children, ages 8-18, $6.
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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