From the Tub Room to the Smoking Room and Back Again by Charisse Gendron

Western culture began defining itself in contrast to the East as early as the Trojan War of Greek versus Persian. In the centuries to follow, as European civilization advanced, its soldiers, traders, adventurers, and artists increasingly perceived the East as a nostalgic counterpart to progress. Across much of the second millennium, Europe conceived of the [...]

From the Tub Room to the Smoking Room and Back Again by Charisse Gendron2019-06-07T14:41:38+00:00

Partnering with Students to Expand the Mansion’s Educational Offerings

In 2013, Victoria Mansion launched a school program for elementary school learners entitled A Century of Change. This program, allowing teachers to choose from 8 topics to tailor a lesson and visit for their students, has proven to be a successful model. We look to expand this programming, yet find the needs of middle and high [...]

Partnering with Students to Expand the Mansion’s Educational Offerings2019-04-18T14:49:58+00:00

Conservation Update: Pulling the Rug Out from Under Us!

With only a few short weeks left before the Mansion opens for the season May 1, conservators are busy prepping for the major conservation project in the Parlor. The room's gasolier and furniture have been removed and relocated elsewhere throughout the house, and the original carpet will soon be rolled and rehoused to make way [...]

Conservation Update: Pulling the Rug Out from Under Us!2019-04-18T14:41:10+00:00

Shedding Light on the Mansion’s Servants and the Irish Connection

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in servant life at the Mansion. Last fall, our Celtic Storytelling programming included traditional Irish tales that the house's servants might have delighted in around late October. This May, we look forward to opening a new space in the Mansion to include the house's employees in our interpretation. [...]

Shedding Light on the Mansion’s Servants and the Irish Connection2019-04-18T14:26:55+00:00

Conservation Update: Parlor Project Begins in Earnest

After months of preparation and planning, including the safe removal and relocation of all furniture and furnishings from the Parlor, conservators have officially begun work on the room's walls and ceilings. After a detailed surface cleaning, conservators are now in the process of re-adhering flaking and damaged paint and gold leaf. Once this step is [...]

Conservation Update: Parlor Project Begins in Earnest2019-06-07T14:40:57+00:00