Programs at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

 

Xerox Foundation Awards Major Grant to the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum:

Tropical Luxuriance: The Mansion’s Conservatory, 1868 to 1880: April 8, 2015-Jan. 6, 2016

Childhood Portraits: Our Children, Our Future: May 9-June 28, 2015

"Gilded Age Conservatories": Lecture by Curator Jim Donahue

Ice Cream Social: Sunday, June 14, 2015, 12-4 p.m.

8th Annual Old Fashioned Flea Market: Sunday, September 20, 2015, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Voices from the Back Stairs: Domestic Servants in 19th and 20th Century New England: A Lecture by Dr. Jennifer Pustz

Opening Night Gala: Saturday, October 10, 2015 ~ 6:30 p.m.

The Stairs Below: The Mansion’s Domestic Servants, 1870-1920: Curated by Kathie Bennewitz

Halloween: Ghostly Sightings Tours and Haunted Basement Tours: October 25-31, 2015

Victorian Tea: Sunday, November 8, 2015, 2-4 p.m.

Setting the Table for the Holidays: Edward’s Table: Sunday, November 15, 2015, 2 p.m.

The Mansion’s Holiday Exhibit: Friday, November 27, 2015 – Sunday, January 3, 2016

Holiday Open House : Sunday, December 13, 2015, 12-4 p.m.



Xerox Foundation Awards Major Grant to the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum has received a major grant in the amount of $20,000 from The Xerox Foundation in support of the Museum’s 2015 educational and cultural programs.

“The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion is a treasured piece of history for this area,” said Mark Conlin, President of The Xerox Foundation.  “The value of a partnership like this is not only the historic preservation of an institution but also the many education programs it delivers to the community.  Sharing that bit of history with hundreds of children each year is really special and a critical aspect of our community investments.”

The Xerox Foundation’s $20,000 contribution comes at a crucial time and will have a great impact on the Museum’s cultural and educational programs and the quality of life of the communities it serves. This very generous gift will increase access to this National Historic Landmark and enrich the lives of many residents, allow the Museum to expand its Education Program throughout Fairfield County, and offer reduced admissions to students of all ages.

LMMM Chairman of the Board Patsy Brescia said, “We are very thankful to The Xerox Foundation for supporting our 2015 season. It is only with this kind of support that the Museum will be able to fulfill its mission of offering substantive cultural and educational programs to our community.”

Community outreach, school tours, educational and cultural programs have been major objectives of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. This grant from The Xerox Foundation will provide the necessary support to ensure the continued growth and success of its diverse educational offerings for Norwalk residents and museum visitors throughout the tri-state area. Their support will help sponsor an array of programs including the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum/Ernest Hemingway/Young Writers’ Competition, lectures by renowned speakers, art exhibitions, and community events.

Xerox has been a major supporter of the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum since 2010 and continues to be one of the leading corporate investors in the Museum’s programs. Executive Director Susan Gilgore said, “The Board of Trustees and I are profoundly grateful to The Xerox Foundation for its very generous support. We highlight The Xerox Foundation’s grant with great pride as Xerox stands for excellence world-wide and their investment in our museum is a vital endorsement of our mission and programs.”

From its beginnings, Xerox has helped shape the idea of corporate social responsibility. Its efforts reflect the belief that a successful corporation must be an active participant in society. The Xerox Foundation is the hand that gives something back to the communities from which they draw employees, customers, and freedom to conduct business.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark located at 295 West Avenue in Norwalk.  For more information on educational tours and programs, visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com, call 203-838-9799 or e-mail info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.  For more information on Xerox please visit www.Xerox.com.


Tropical Luxuriance: The Mansion’s Conservatory, 1868 to 1880
April 8, 2015-Jan. 6, 2016
Wed.-Sun. 12-4 p.m.
General Admission: $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors, $6, 8-18

A new exhibit entitled, Tropical Luxuriance: The Mansion’s Conservatory, 1868 to 1880 will open on April 8, 2015 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT. This Gilded Age Conservatory, with its ribbed half glass dome and Minton tiles, is a great example of early domestic conservatory architecture in the United States. Accessed directly from the Library, this small yet distinctive glass room has been brought to life with a rich installation of silk plants designed by Danna DiElsi of the Silk Touch, and pots and furnishings of the era. 

The Conservatory provides a glimpse into the beauty and diversity of, and passion for, the plant world as seen through the vision of the original owners of the Mansion. Visitors can also take guided tours that showcase the decorative botanical details of architect Detlef Lienau's original mansion design and view displays of selected artifacts throughout the museum from LMMM collections of--dresses, fashion accessories, silver, ceramics, books and more-- with motifs inspired by flora and fauna.

The refurbishing of the Conservatory was made possible in part by the Norwalk Historical Commission and the City of Norwalk. The Conservatory exhibit curated by Kathie Bennewitz is sponsored in part by Paul and Hadley Veeder and the LMMM Foundation. The Conservatory exhibit opens on April 8th and runs through January 6th. General Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6, 8-18.

The Museum’s 2015 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, and the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.


Childhood Portraits: Our Children, Our Future
May 9-June 28, 2015
General Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors, $6, 8-18
Opening Reception: May 9, 3-5 p.m. – Free Admission

Following the culmination of a partnership launched by the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Stepping Stones Museum for Children and the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists (CSOPA), the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will unveil the exhibit, Childhood Portraits: Our Children, Our Future. This exhibit opens to the general public on May 9 and runs through June 28 at LMMM, 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT.

From Ancient Greece’s depiction of deities to Andy Warhol’s celebrity portraits, not to mention today’s selfie craze, the art of portraiture has been a part of society since its inception. This exhibit at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will explore this enduring artistic form with twenty new original portraits of children created exclusively by CSOPA members after a “Matching Event” on November 15, 2014, where children and their families interacted with twenty-two professional portrait artists at Stepping Stones Museum for Children. At this event children also explored the art of self-portraiture under the guidance of CSOPA artists and Stepping Stones educators.


"Gilded Age Conservatories"
Lecture by Curator Jim Donahue
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 ~ 11:00 a.m.
$25 for members, $30 for non-members ~ RSVP by June 5, 2015

On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 11 a.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue in Norwalk, CT, Curator Jim Donahue will give a talk entitled, Gilded Age Conservatories.

The late 19th and early 20th centuries witnessed the culmination of private and public conservatory construction in the United States. Elaborate arrangements of exotic orchids, tropical palms, and a myriad of ferns filled these extravagant glass structures. Private conservatories of the Gilded Age were part of the family’s living space, decorated with specimen plants, and used for entertaining guests. Fueled by new technologies and horticultural discoveries from faraway places, the Victorians displayed their collections while the associated costs of building and maintaining the conservatory and its contents affirmed the occupant’s aristocratic aspirations. Often, the cultivation process did not take place within the conservatory itself, but in an offsite greenhouse.

Jim Donahue is Curator of Historic Landscapes and Horticulture at the Preservation Society of Newport County. He holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design in Massachusetts. He is currently putting together a conservatory-themed exhibit, focused on 19th century collectors' plants, for the upcoming Newport Flower Show, June 19-21 at Rosecliff.

This will be the second in a series of lectures 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, June 5, 2015. The price includes lecture, lunch and a first floor Mansion tour. Lunch is courtesy of Michael Gilmartin's Outdoor Cookers Catering & Event Planning.  The chair of the Lecture Committee is Mimi Findlay of New Canaan. Please contact info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or 203-838-9799, ext. 4 to purchase tickets.

The Museum’s 2015 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.

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


Ice Cream Social
Sunday, June 14, 2015, 12-4 p.m.
Free General Admission in the Park
Mini-Tours of the Museum: 12-4 p.m., $5 per person (reduced admission)

On June 14, 2015, 12-4 p.m., the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will launch its second annual Ice Cream Social in Mathews Park at 295 West Ave, Norwalk, CT. Hunter Arton, a Wilton, CT resident and Andy Garfunkel of Norwalk will co-chair the event which features a wide range of family-friendly entertainment for children and adults.

Trustee Hunter Arton said, “The Ice Cream Social Committee has worked hard to plan an entertaining and educational event for all. The 2015 Ice Cream Social will be a wonderful opportunity to highlight the relationship of the Mansion as a cornerstone of the greater Norwalk community and a treasured organization committed to education and historic education.”

Featured entertainment at the Ice Cream Social will include performances by T.A.T. supported by members of Rubberband of Norwalk, the Mulkerin School of Irish Dance of Norwalk and West Haven, Norwalk Academy of Dance, The Grandmas and Grandpas of Wilton, magician and juggler Jason Pipitone, palm reader Jessica Fattahi of Stamford, high-wheelers, and much more. LMMM’s costumed interpreters will bring the Mansion’s history back to life, while props will be on hand for memorable selfies. Booths hosted by a variety of local crafters and bakers will offer hand-made must-haves while visitors explore the past and celebrate the present with a patriotic salute to Old Glory, led by local scout troops. Visitors will learn how ice cream was made during the Victorian era and enjoy this nineteenth century confectionary invention which became widely popular during mid-to-late 19th century.

For a reduced $5 admission, the Mansion will offer mini-tours of its magnificent Period Rooms and its current exhibits, Tropical Luxuriance: The Mansion’s Conservatory from 1868 to 1880 and Childhood Portraits: Our Children Our Future. Photography courtesy of Sarah Grote Photography.

While general admission to the event is free and so are selected programs, the Museum will charge for some of the activities and for all food sold during the event. Tickets will be available at LMMM’s booths at designated locations in Mathews Park.

For more information on the schedule of events, food stands, and prices please email us at info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or visit www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.

The Museum's 2015 Ice Cream Social is generously sponsored in part by Bankwell and the Museum’s 2015 Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown; The Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, The Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.

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


8th Annual Old Fashioned Flea Market
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free General Admission
Vendor Spaces: 10x16 - Price TBA

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will hold its eighth annual Old Fashioned Flea Market on Sunday, September 20, 2015, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Mathews Park. The market will feature antiques, collectibles, jewelry, household items, furniture, clothing, toys and of course, plenty of bargains. The event will feature music, an all American barbecue, and a collection of classic and antique cars on display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendor spaces are 10x16 – price to be announced.

The Museum’s 2015 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, and the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.


Voices from the Back Stairs: Domestic Servants in 19th and 20th Century New England
A Lecture by Dr. Jennifer Pustz
Sunday, October 4, 2015, 2 p.m.
$25 for members, $30 for non-members

Although domestic servants made everyday life in grand homes possible, their identities and roles within the household have long been hidden. This lecture will illustrate the diversity of domestic service in New England over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by focusing on three Historic New England properties. Period domestic manuals, ephemera, and other general material will also bring the lives of servants and relationships with their employers to the foreground. 

Jennifer Pustz is the museum historian at Historic New England. She holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Iowa and M.A. and B.A. degrees in art history. She is the author of Voices from the Back Stairs: Interpreting Servants’ Lives at Historic House Museums (Northern Illinois University Press, 2010) and a contributing author of Historic New England’s America’s Kitchens publication (2009).

The Museum’s 2015 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, and the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.


Opening Night Gala
Saturday, October 10, 2015 ~ 6:30 p.m.
Cocktails & Black-tie dinner, Silent and Live Actions
Single tickets: $200 Rotunda Seating - $150 Adjoining Room

Featuring reenactment performances by award-winning actors from The Theatre Artists Workshop the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum’s Gala will feature an array of short monologues and dialogues throughout the Period Rooms and in the newly restored Servants Quarters which Gala guests will be able to preview along with the exhibit, The Stairs Below: The Mansion’s Domestic Servants, 1870-1920. Mr. and Mrs. LeGrand Lockwood and members of the Mathews family and their domestic servants will reenact some of the more dramatic as well as entertaining moments of life at the Mansion during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

The Museum’s 2015 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, and the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.


The Stairs Below: The Mansion’s Domestic Servants, 1870-1920
Curated by Kathie Bennewitz
Opening October 14, 2015 through October 1, 2016, 12-4 p.m.
Wednesday –Sunday, 12-4 p.m. ~ General Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for Seniors, $6, 8-18

LMMM will open its 19th century Servants Quarters to the general public on October 14, 2015. This new exhibit will highlight themes of general interest such as the immigrant experience, housing, social justice, the role of women, and economics during the Victorian era. The exhibit was slated to open in 2014, but construction delays postponed this exhibit to 2015. 

The planning for this exhibit was made possible in part by generous funding from the Connecticut Humanities (CTH), a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year. CTH brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate. Learn more by visiting www.cthumanities.org.

The Museum’s 2015 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, and the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.


Halloween: Ghostly Sightings Tours and Haunted Basement Tours
October 25-31, 2015
Wednesday –Sunday, 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 Victorian era ghosts during tour hours, but only at Halloween! On the Haunted Basement Tours, guests will have the rare opportunity to see the dark, dungeon-like Civil War-era basement, which will be retrofitted to look like a spine-chilling maze with lighting, playacting, and frightfully fun props.

The Museum’s 2015 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, and the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.


Victorian Tea
Sunday, November 8, 2015, 2-4 p.m.
$35 for members, $45 for 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 featuring a talk by critically acclaimed author and Emmy Award winner Kate Manning.  Guests will enjoy a formal traditional tea surrounded by unparalleled Gilded Age interiors and furniture and the splendor of the most magnificent Mansion in Connecticut.

The Museum’s 2015 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, and the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.


Setting the Table for the Holidays: Edward’s Table
Sunday, November 15, 2015, 2 p.m.
$25 for members, $30 for non-members

Just in time for holiday entertaining or your next dinner party, Setting the Table for the Holidays: Edward's Table is a wealth of table setting and entertaining ideas. Tabletop guru, Ed Lent, a former Style Editor for Simon Pierce with over 25 years of experience in the industry, will share masterful tips and expert ideas to make your next party truly extraordinary. 

For over 20 years, Edward Lent has set thousands of tables for Tabletop industry giants such as Noritake, Mikasa and Simon Pearce to name just a few. His table setting and merchandising work has taken him around the country and around the globe, including Europe, Japan and South America. An illustrious expert in the visual merchandising industry, he holds a degree in Art Education and was associate editor of the industry trade journal Tableware Today

"If you love entertaining or setting a special table for your family and friends, let me inspire you with ideas to make your gatherings go from ordinary to extraordinary" 

"Stop keeping your dinnerware hostage". Let me show you how to set the mood and set a table with today's trends and tips using what you probably already own".

The Museum’s 2015 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, and the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.


The Mansion’s Holiday Exhibit
Friday, November 27, 2015 – Sunday, January 3, 2016
Wednesday –Sunday, 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.

The Museum’s 2015 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, and the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.


Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 12-4 p.m.
General Admission: $5
Doll & Teddy Bear Tea: $10 per child (Reservations can be placed starting November)

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. The New Canaan Dance Academy will open the festivities with a dance performance that will thrill audiences of all ages. NCDA, founded in 2001 by Elaine Young, offers training in multiple dance styles to students of all ages ranging from 3 years old to Adult. In addition to competing in dance competitions and conventions, NCDA performs in local Charitable Outreach events, and has held Dance-a-Thon Benefits to raise funds for victims of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti Earthquake, and Hurricane Sandy. Holiday displays, Santa Claus, music, holiday refreshments, and the cherished Doll and Teddy Bear Victorian Tea will delight and entertain the entire community. 

The Museum’s 2015 cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by generous funding from LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown, and the Museum’s Distinguished Benefactors: Klaff’s, Xerox Foundation, and The Maurice Goodman Foundation.


Save the Date!

Sunday, October 4, 2015 ~ 3:00 p.m.
"Voices from the Back Stairs"
Lecture & Book Signing by Jennifer Pustz
Price: TBA


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