Programs at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

 

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

Bellevue, Newport: the Restoration of the 1910 Ogden Codman Jr. House and Gardens: A Lecture by Ronald Lee Fleming

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.



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.


Bellevue, Newport: the Restoration of the 1910 Ogden Codman Jr. House and Gardens
A Lecture by Ronald Lee Fleming
Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 11:00 AM
$25 for members, $30 for non-members

On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 11 a.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Avenue in Norwalk, CT, Ronald Lee Fleming will give a talk entitled, Bellevue, Newport: the Restoration of the 1910 Ogden Codman Jr. House and Gardens.

Real estate heiress Martha Codman built this Federal Revival Style white clapboard house in 1910. Originally called “Berkeley Villa,” it was designed by her cousin Ogden Codman based on principals of simple, classical design he shared with Edith Wharton in their seminal book, The Decoration of Houses. Mr. Fleming purchased Bellevue in 1999, which was in disrepair, but with an enticing social history. The exterior was inspired by drawings Codman did of Federal Style houses in Roxbury, Massachusetts and the rotunda was influenced by James Paine’s staircase at Wardour Castle, Wiltshire, and by James McComb’s City Hall dome in New York City.

Visitors to Bellevue are invited to explore the three and one half acres of walled grounds, containing specimen trees, an orchard and pergola, and a restored art deco fountain. The French garden, with topiary and pollarded trees, was the work of Achille Duchêne, who also worked on the restoration of Versailles.

Ronald Lee Fleming is recognized for planning, public art and urban design projects seeking to merge the skills of architects, historians and artists. He is an alumnus of Pomona College and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and is currently an active board member of Scenic America, and Trustee of the Preservation Society for Newport County. The Massachusetts Historical Society nominated Mr. Fleming's early trilogy, The Power of Place, for a Pulitzer Prize in 1982. It includes Place Makers: Creating Public Art That Tells You Where You Are (second edition, 1987), On Common Ground: Caring for Shared Land from Village Green to Urban Park (1982), and Façade Stories: Changing Faces of Main Street and How to Care for Them (1982). His most recent book is The Art of Placemaking: Interpreting Community Through Public Design.

The lectures are $25 for members, $30 for non-members per session. Please RSVP by Friday, July 10, 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.


8th Annual Old Fashioned Flea Market
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free General Admission
Vendor Spaces: 10x16' ~ $75 ($160 for food vendors)

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 – $75 per space ($160 for vendors selling food.)

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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