Collecting in Victorian America: The Great Divide of the Gilded Age Reception

Thurs. July 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Reception: $10 non-members, $5 members

In the 19th century, well before the invention of the Internet, Americans used “leisure time” for a variety of pastimes, one of which was collecting. People obsessed over crazes that swept society—travel, geology, shells, and “orchidelirium,” to name a few, which were diversions from work and the grim realities of the era but also a way to expand on a newfound understanding of the world. Collecting was a serious business; and in time, improved standard of living, transportation technology, manufacturing, and the rise of consumerism enabled Americans across gender and class, to participate in the science.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

295 West Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850



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