Ulysses Grant Dietz, Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum, one of the Friends' most popular speakers, will return on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 3pm, to talk about the Beaux Arts treasures of the Newark Museum. Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, FDU Florham Campus; $20 at the door. Reception included.
Copies of Dream House (see below) will be available for purchase at the event.
Previous Event: Ulysses Grant Dietz
On Sunday, November 8, 2014, Ulysses Grant Dietz, Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum, gave a fascinating talk (with accompanying slides) about his book, Dream House: The White House as an American Home. Mr. Dietz discussed the homes of various presidents--from Thomas Jefferson's relatively modest country estate to Andrew Jackson's villa, to the middle-class home of Dwight Eisenhower. The audience was particularly interested in the White House furnishings of various presidents, including furnishings and other objects selected by designers such as including Louis Tiffany and McKim, Mead, and White.
Previous Event: Janet Wallach
On Sunday, March 16, 2014, noted author, lecturer and commentator Janet Wallach spoke on her recent book The Richest Woman in America, a biography of Hetty Green -- Feisty, Frugal, Financial Genius of the Gilded Age.
Previous Event: "Stanford White, Architect"
Sam White spoke on Stanford White, Sunday, November 10. Copies of Samuel White's book "Stanford White, Architect," were available for purchase and signing.
Previous Event: Newark Museum Curator
Ulysses Grant Dietz, chief curator at the Newark Museum, gave a spirited, informative talk entitled Beauty Money and Power: The Transformation of Taste in America's Gilded Age to an enthusiastic overflow audience of more than 90 attendees on March 17 in Hartman Lounge (Hennessy Hall). Dietz concentrated on the explosion of wealth in the U.S. in the post-Civil War era, the resulting rise of the mansion, and, most important, the major changes in style and taste during these years. In the early post-Civil War period, for example, the "new money" embraced all-things luxurious, costly, and modern with emphasis on "Americanness." By the late 1880s-early 1990s, however, the social arbiters of the time such as the Vanderbilts and the Twomblys looked to "foreign things with aristocratic histories" to reinforce their positions. Ultimately, as Dietz explained, the evolution of taste had changed for the next century.
Following the reception, Dietz signed copies of his book, Dream House: The White House as an American Home, which was available for purchase.
Previous Event: Author Carol Wallace
Carol Wallace, co-author of To Marry an English Lord: Tales of Wealth and Marriage, Sex and Snobbery, spoke on Sunday, October 21, 2012 in Lenfell Hall. The book was one of the inspirations for PBS series “Downton Abbey.”
Previous Event: 2012 Gala
Friends of Florham hosted their annual Gala on Saturday, September 29, 2012. The black-tie evening featured fine dining, dancing and entertainment by the “Bucky” Pizzarelli Trio.
Previous Event: Reception and Tours
Friends of Florham hosted a reception, and tours of the estate on Sunday, April 29, 2012, in celebration of its first publication, Florham: The Lives of an American Estate. The authors, Carol Bere and Sam Convissor, members of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Florham, and Walter Cummins, professor emeritus at FDU, signed copies of the book.
Previous Event: “Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted”
Justin Martin, author ofa new biography of Frederick Law Olmstead, spoke on Sunday, March 18, 2012 in Lenfell Hall. Martin's book adds much to the narrative of Olmsted, whose work included the Florham estate landscape. A compelling story, it tells how America’s first landscape architect helped to sculpt this country’s urban landscapes and private gardens.
Previous Event: “Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America’s Gilded Age”
Architectural and social historian, Mosette Broderick, discussed the period in which McKim, Mead & White flourished, their personalities, and their major works. McKim, Mead & White, was the leading architectural firm in the United States from about 1879 to 1914. Among their approximately 1,000 commissions during this period was Florham, the country estate of Hamilton and Florence Vanderbilt Twombly, and the current site of the Madison campus of FDU.
Mosette Broderick is a professor in the Fine Arts Department at New York University, Director of Urban Design and Architecture Studies, and of the M.A. program in Historical and Sustainable Architecture. Her talk is sponsored by the Friends of Florham. Professor Broderick signed copies of her book, “Triumvirate” McKim, Mead & White.”
Previous Event: The Story and Scandal of Hurstmont, A House of the Gilded Age
Presentation by Janet Foster, Historic Preservationist
Sunday, October 10, 2010, 3 p.m.
Music by Dan Williams, Guitarist
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