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February 2022

‘So Pious an Institution’: Slavery, Religion, Education, and Virginia’s Bray Schools

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Presentation

Join us for Wilton House Museum’s 2021-2022 virtual lecture series! Our sixth lecture of the series will feature Nicole Brown. When the Williamsburg Bray School opened its doors on September 29, 1760, it was the first official endeavor in Virginia to provide education for enslaved and free African Americans. Offering religious instruction in the Anglican tradition, the varied perspectives on Virginia Bray Schools were often complicated and contradictory. Public historian and early colonial scholar Nicole Brown will explain the pivotal…

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March 2022

Interpreting the Evidence: Mount Vernon’s Front Parlor

March 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Presentation

Join us for Wilton House Museum’s 2021-2022 virtual lecture series! Our seventh lecture of the series features Adam Erby. In September 2013, Mount Vernon curators made an exciting discovery; a previously unknown ledger kept by George Washington’s friend and neighbor, George William Fairfax, appeared at auction. At first glance, the ledger seemed to have little to do with Mount Vernon, but as curators mined the document they discovered that much of the London-made furniture listed in the ledger came to…

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April 2022

Sewing the Seeds of Style: Botanical Silks and Enlightenment Era Fashion

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Presentation

Join us for Wilton House Museum’s 2021-2022 virtual lecture series! Our eighth lecture of the series features Kristen Stewart. Eighteenth century flower culture grew out of many of the same circumstances to which the Enlightenment has been attributed: a growing interest in and understanding of the natural world, increased globalism through expansion of international trade routes, and the rapid advancement of industrial technology. A visual narrative of this influence can be traced in the floral forms popular in woven and embroidered designs of fashionable silk and cotton textiles of the period. Kristen…

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May 2022

Reflections on Glass in the 18th-Century British World

May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Virtual Presentation

Join us for Wilton House Museum’s 2021-2022 virtual lecture series! The ninth and final lecture in the series features Dr. Christopher Maxwell. In the 18th century, Britain was a vibrant and commercial nation. Its growing cities were hubs of politics, sociability, scientific advancement, entrepreneurship and commerce. From glittering costume and elaborately presented confectionery, to polished mirrors and dazzling chandeliers, glass helped define the social and cultural rituals, values and spaces of the period. While innovations in glass delighted the wealthy,…

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