The final lecture in our virtual winter lecture series will focus on topics from the Millionaires’ Triangle Trail. John Tschirch, former Director of Education and Director of Museum Affairs and Architectural Historian of the Preservation Society of Newport County, will give a lecture titled: The Gilded Household: Social Life and Servants in America, 1865-1914.
This illustrated lecture explores the intricate social customs of the Gilded Age. With expanding industrial wealth, American society evolved ever more elaborate rituals to entertain, requiring
large domestic staffs. Receiving guests at home for tea, elaborate dinners and dances had their counterparts in the life of the servants who kept the house running at polished perfection. This is a story of society, fashion, immigration, labor, and technology affecting the organization and use of the American house at a transformational period of history.