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Sat 22 Feb
Gilded Age Tea & Talk Series: Art on Ice- Gilded Age Figure Skating
Saturday, February 22, 2020 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Enjoy tea and refreshments in the formal dining room while listening to talks about different aspects of Gilded Age history.

Staatsburgh's curator and professional figure skater, Maria Reynolds, will explore the popularity of skating during the many winters of the Gilded Age. Ruth Mills was an avid skater and this talk will explore some of the moves she performed.


Registration: Required
Sat 29 Feb
America’s Elite in the Downton Abbey Era Theme Tour
Saturday, February 29, 2020 11:00 AM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Highlighting Staatsburgh's real-life counterparts of the Downton Abbey characters, this tour of the mansion, led by a costumed interpreter, will explore how the servants prepared for a busy weekend of entertaining....and how the Mills' daughter, like Downton Abbey's Cora, married into the British aristocracy.


Registration: Required
Sun 08 Mar
“Fighting for Our Feathered Friends”: The Role of Women and Tea in Bird Conservation
Sunday, March 8, 2020 01:00 PM
Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Some visionary women of the 19th and early 20th centuries were instrumental in fighting against the extinction of birds, from the ravenous millinery trade. In this talk, site manager Pamela Malcolm will explore their cause and activities, as well as the beautiful and ruinous use of exotic feathers in turn-of-the-century millinery. Snow date: Sunday, April 19

Registration: Required