Victorian Society in America & Maymont Co-Host Spring Study Tour and Symposium in Richmond



Release Date: February 8, 2017

The Victorian Society in America – the only national non-profit organization committed to historic preservation, protection, understanding, education, and enjoyment of 19th-century heritage – will present its Spring Study Tour & Symposium in Richmond, Virginia, March 24-26 in partnership with Maymont. The full event includes an all-day guided tour of Richmond on Friday; the symposium, tours and a reception at Maymont on Saturday; and a brunch and gallery tour at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday.

Dale Wheary, Maymont Curator and Director of Historical Collections, said, “We are pleased to collaborate with and welcome the Victorian Society, an organization that Maymont has been a member of for nearly 40 years, to Richmond for this event.” Participants will explore iconic Richmond sites with Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History at the University of Virginia, during the all-day guided study tour on Friday, March 24. Wilson, a faculty member of UVA since 1976 and a Director of the Victorian Society’s Newport Summer School since 1979, also has authored, co-authored or edited more than a dozen books and hosted the popular television series “America’s Castles.” The tour, partly by foot and partly by motor coach, features Jefferson’s Capitol, Old City Hall, Monumental Church, The Egyptian Building, The Valentine’s John Wickham House, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the Museum of the Confederacy, Monument Avenue, and ends at the Branch House for an opening reception and tours.

The symposium on Saturday, March 25 is themed “Aesthetic Revolutions & Victorian Taste” and includes speakers Richard Guy Wilson, Charles Brownell, Nenette Marie Arroyo and Elyse D. G. Justice. Wilson will discuss “Bric-a-Brac Mania: Victorian Taste Revolution, 1860-1914.” Brownell, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University and award-winning author, will present “The Artistic House in Richmond (1885-1900): Gods and Monsters, Decor and Decoration.” Arroyo, the former Publications Production Manager at the White House Historical Association, will lecture on “History and Myth in American Stained Glass.” And Justice, a museum professional who has worked at William King Museum and Bok Tower Gardens, will discuss “Dialogues and Declarations: Statements in Architecture at Southern World’s Fairs, 1895-1907.” Lunch, Maymont Mansion tours, and a wine and cheese reception also are on the symposium schedule for Saturday.

The weekend concludes with a brunch and self-guided gallery tour at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, March 26. The costs are $450 for the three-day event, $150 for the Saturday symposium only, or $300 for the study tour (Friday and Sunday). Reservations are recommended by February 22, while a special rate is in effect for the headquarters hotel, the Hilton Richmond Downtown. Reservations can be made through a form downloaded from the Victorian Society of America at and mailed or sent via fax to 215-636-9873. For more information, call the Victorian Society at 215-636-9872.

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