Lectures and Talks

Engage with people and ideas through programs that explore historic themes with contemporary thinkers. Encounter works of art up close in the intimate and personalized spaces of Hillwood’s Mansion and Gardens during gallery talks. 

Delve deeper into intriguing topics of art, fashion, design, and history with Hillwood’s curators, horticulturists, staff, distinguished experts, and international scholars, at study days, lectures and book talks.

Upcoming events

  • Lectures and Talks
    Tuesday 3 February - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

    This is the first lecture in the Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series. Award winning interior designer Timothy Corrigan provides inspiration and instruction in the art of comfortably elegant decoration, offering indispensable advice on how to live in historic homes in a modern way.

    $7-70
    Tickets available
  • Lectures and Talks
    Thursday 12 February - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

    This is the second lecture in the Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series.Henry Huntington's superintendent, William Hertrich, was instrumental in developing the various plant collections that comprise the foundation of The Huntington Botanical Gardens. TLearn about the evolution of the Huntington Estate, from the development of the Lily Ponds, Palm, Desert, and Japanese gardens in Mr. Huntington’s day to the institution’s continued change and development as a cultural site. 

    $7-70
    Tickets available
  • Lectures and Talks
    Thursday 19 February - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

    This is the third lecture in the Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series.Vizcaya is a one of a kind estate – a pastiche of old and new, emerging from the steamy mangrove swamps. Created by a man with an open checkbook and another man with unlimited creative vision, it continues to beckon today as theater of a bygone era, transporting the visitor to another place and time. 

    $7-70
    Tickets available
  • Lectures and Talks
    Thursday 26 February - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

    This is the fourth lecture in the Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series.Landscape architect Fletcher Steele considered garden design a fine art along with sculpture and painting, though perhaps more exacting. From 1926 to 1956 Fletcher Steele and Mabel Choate molded a garden masterpiece at Naumkeag.  With bold new strokes they created a landscape canvas that sprung from the roots of a late 19th century country estate.

    $7-70
    Tickets available
  • Lectures and Talks
    Tuesday 17 March - 5:30pm to 8:00pm
    $7-45
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  • Lectures and Talks
    Tuesday 24 March - 5:30pm to 8:00pm

    For centuries, boxes, caskets, and chests have played an important role in everyday life. The form and decoration of these objects not only reflected changes in social customs and manners but also closely followed the stylistic developments in Europe.

    $7-45
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  • Lectures and Talks, Dina Merrill Film Program
    Tuesday 31 March - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

    In March 2013, a lost Imperial Fabergé Egg was found, upending scholarly research. Learn about the impacts of the newly discovered egg on Hillwood’s scholarship, and enjoy the Washington premier of the feature documentary, Fabergé: A Life Of Its Own.

    $7-45
    Tickets not yet available

 

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