The Preservation Society’s Golden Age Summer Lecture Series Begins July 14

The Preservation Society of Newport County will open its Golden Age Summer Lecture Series on Thursday, July 14 at 6 p.m. with “The Whole Gilded Age: Newport and Beyond,” by Ulysses Grant Dietz.

Other presentations in this series include the Pamela and David B. Ford lecture, “Melodies of the Gilded Age,” Thursday, July 28 at 6 p.m., and the John G. Winslow lecture, “Behind the Scenes of ‘The Gilded Age,'” on Thursday, August 11 at 6 p.m.

Attendance at these talks, in person at Rosecliff or via Zoom, is FREE, but registration is required. Visit to learn more and to register.

Marlborough Waltz, by Emma Howe – 1885, from the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan.

In “The Whole Gilded Age: Newport and Beyond” – the David W. Dangremond Lecture – Dietz will examine how Newport became a catalyst for change during the Gilded Age, influencing an evolving American landscape with new ideas. Great-great-grandson of President Ulysses S. Grant and originator of ‘Anything You Want: A Closer Look at Newport’s Golden Age Treasures’, an exhibit currently on display at Rosecliff , Dietz has been Curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum of Art for 37 years. He is the author of books on Victorian furniture, workshop ceramics, jewelry, the White House and vampires.

Islamic style vase, J. & L. Lobmeyr (active 1823 – ), Vienna, Austria, late 19th century Glass, gilding, enamel. Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth Morris Smith.

On Thursday, July 28, the series continues with the Pamela and David B. Ford lecture, “Mélodies de l’âge d’or”. Presented by Dr. Mark Stickney and Dr. Christopher Brellochs, this talk will explore musical works from the era, including those that capture the essence of Newport history. Dr. Stickney will share some of these songs while Dr. Brellochs, Music Advisor for Episode 4 of HBO’s “The Gilded Age,” will explore some of the authentic musical works featured on the show.

The lecture series concludes Thursday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m. with the John G. Winslow lecture, “Behind the Scenes of the ‘Golden Age.’ Award-winning production designer Bob Shaw will explain the process of bringing 19th-century splendor to life on HBO “Golden age”, discuss the steps required to turn an idea into a finished product. Shaw is an Oscar-nominated art director and production designer, well known for his work on “The Irishman”, “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Sopranos.” Her career in film, television and theater includes winning Emmys for her work on “Mad Men” (2008) and “Boardwalk Empire” (2011).

Harry Richardson and Louisa Jacobson, center, in a scene from Julian Fellowes’ “The Gilded Age,” Season 1, Episode 1.

The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the historic architecture, landscapes, decorative arts and social history of the region. Its 11 historic properties — seven of which are National Historic Landmarks — span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

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