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Explore the Gilded Age
The Gilded Age was a period of unprecedented change in America. Fortunes were spent on luxuries such as the lavish "summer cottages" of Newport.
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The Gilded Age was a period of rapid growth, diversification and urbanization in America. The vacationing habits of Americans were no exception. Americans in this era vacationed in a growing number of northeastern summer playgrounds, from the Adirondacks to Coney Island, from Martha’s Vineyard to the Catskills, and from Saratoga to Newport. This lecture will explore the many and diverse summer holidays of the American Gilded Age.
Event thumbnail photo credit: “Bathers at Cottage City, Martha’s Vineyard,” c. 1890. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.
“Bathers at Cottage City, Martha's Vineyard,” c. 1890. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.
“Adirondacks, N.Y., fishing,” c. 1890. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.
“Broadway, looking south, Saratoga, N.Y.,” c. 1904. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.
Will B. Mackintosh is a cultural and social historian of the 19th-century United States, with particular interests in the history of leisure, the history of crime, and the cultural history of capitalism. He is author of “Selling the Sights: The Invention of the Tourist in American Culture” (NYU Press, 2019) and editor of “The Panorama, Extensive Views from The Journal of the Early Republic.” He is currently working on a new project dealing with the Loomis Gang, a group of horse thieves in 19th-century New York. Mackintosh is an Associate Professor of History at University of Mary Washington in Virginia.
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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.
Change can be exciting. It can also be unsettling. During the Gilded Age, change was happening at a pace unmatched in American history.
Are we living in a second Gilded Age? The transformative years of the late 19th and early 20th centuries left a lasting legacy for our world today. Speaker: Dr. Michael Patrick Cullinane
Technologies like the telegraph, phonograph, photography and even the sewing machine revolutionized communication, connecting and shrinking the world. Speaker: Matthew Bird
The Gilded Age is notorious as a time of rampant political corruption. It was also a time when reformers ignited a reinvention of American democracy. Speaker: T.J. Stiles
The first tall commercial buildings and the grandest of mansions are icons of the Gilded Age, but they were not the only architectural changes taking place. Speaker: Richard Guy Wilson
Who were the everyday people in this period of industrialization and urbanization? What were their struggles and triumphs? Speaker: Nancy C. Unger
The Newport Flower Show will celebrate the early 19th-century custom of a trip as a means of gaining both exposure and association with the sophistication of Europe.
Plan to join us for a fun and elegant evening of dinner and dancing at our annual black-tie fundraising event.
Plan now to put together a foursome and join us at our annual Golf Outing at Newport National Golf Course in Middletown, R.I., a challenging, 7,244-yard links-style course offering a dramatic setting with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Sakonnet Passage.
The 2023 festival will continue with the successful format of daily seminars held at Rosecliff that provide our guests with an intimate, educational wine, spirits or food experience.
It is never too early to start planning for your next holiday to remember! Mark your calendar to join us for the annual Holiday Dinner Dance at The Breakers.
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