America’s first transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869. The ramifications would be seen and felt in American industry, art and migration. In this panel, Dr. Betsy Fahlman, Professor of Art History at Arizona State University and Adjunct Curator of American Art at the Phoenix Art Museum, will introduce the technological arc that spanned from coast to coast, and will discuss works of art and objects collected by American railroad museums and the Center for Railroad Photography & Art. Dr. Manu Karuka, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Barnard College, will present themes from his book, “Empire’s Tracks,” and examine the construction of the first transcontinental railroad in an international context, focusing on sovereignty and imperialism.
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10:30am and 2:30pm
Explore the underground systems that made this great house a marvel of technology for its time.
Saturdays & Sundays
multiple times daily
Who are the French kings and Greek gods depicted on the walls? Why is the Gothic Room so ... Gothic? Hear all the details of this spectacular house, and stories of the people who lived and worked there, from one of our expert guides.
January 26 – March 2, 2023
Learn about the historical set locations of Julian Fellowes’ “The Gilded Age” on HBO; African American designers and dressmakers who created the garments worn by privileged Newporters; cocktails that were all the rage in the Gilded Age; and the music that brought elegance and beauty to the soundtrack of the period.
February 9, 2023
Who were the designers and dressmakers who skillfully created garments for privileged Newporters in the past?
February 20 – 24, 2023
10:30am – 12:00pm
Story Time at The Breakers Stable & Carriage House is a celebration of the winter season!
February 23, 2023
The Gilded Age was also the “Golden Age of Cocktails,” when discriminating palates discovered the delights of new concoctions that became the classic cocktails of today: the Martini, Manhattan, Old-Fashioned and more. Get the story from the author of “Gilded Age Cocktails.”
March 2, 2023
Step back in time to experience live music the Gilded Age way.
Starting April 1, 2023
See and hear how the other half lived as you take the Servant Life Tour at The Elms. This tour will highlight the stories of some of the men and women who worked to service the social whirl of Newport during the Gilded Age.