Members Events and Programming
As a Winterthur Member, you can enjoy the benefits of membership through several opportunities this year. We will continue to update this throughout the year as new programs and events are planned, so please keep checking! To join Winterthur, visit our membership page.
Special Library Display
H.F. du Pont and Jacqueline Kennedy: How Camelot Got Redesigned
Library's Rare Book Reading Room
November 22, 11:00am–5:00pm
Join us for a special display, documenting Henry Francis du Pont and First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy's collaboration on restoring the White House. View photos of Jackie's visit to Winterthur, see the guest book she signed, and read letters exchanged by the two as they prepared to redecorate the White House. Member's only. Space limited, tickets are sold in 15 minute increments. Please call 800.448.3883 to make a reservation.
"From Winterthur to the White House: How H.F. du Pont and Jacqueline Kennedy Became Tastemakers to the Nation"
Sunday, November 22
1:00 pm, Copeland SOLD OUT!
In 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy called upon Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont to serve as the chairman of her newly formed Fine Arts Committee for the White House. Together, they set upon an aggressive public and private campaign to transform the interiors of the president's house from department store dowdy to museum-quality showcases of American history and decorative arts. Their collaboration, and immense popular appeal of Mrs. Kennedy's redecoration , sparked a national wave of interest in antiques and preservation and made the White House a model for historic houses all over the country. Elaine Rice Bachman, coauthor of Designing Camelot: The Kennedy White House Restoration, will present this illustrated lecture. Drawing largely from the correspondence between Mr. du Pont and Mrs. Kennedy in the Winterthur Archives, the presentation provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what remains one of the most fascinating periods in White House history. Members only. Members free (Members may bring up to two guests using guest passes.) Reservations required.
Extended Holiday Shopping Hours!
Monday, November 23 - Monday, December 28, 2015
10:ooam - 5:30pm
in Museum Store and Bookstore
Open Wednesday evenings!
Wednesday, December 2 - Wednesday, December 16, 2015
10:00am - 8:00pm
in Museum Store and Bookstore
Extra 10% off entire purchase after 5:30pm on Wednesdays
More hours to shop for that perfect gift and skip the crowded stores. Stop by the Museum Store and Bookstore for unique holiday gift ideas. Convenient parking behind the Museum Store or in the Visitor Lot by the Bookstore.
“Bringing the Magic of Christmas to Winterthur”
Friday, December 4
1:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall
Join us for a very special lecture as Curator of Education Deborah Harper takes you on a behind-the-scenes talk of all that’s involved in putting together Yuletide at Winterthur. Enjoy stunning images of Yuletides past, learn about traditions embraced by the H. F. du Pont family, and be inspired by the beauty of this year’s Yuletide Tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the beloved dried-flower Christmas tree. Members free. Included with admission. Reservations suggested.
Yuletide Jazz & Wine Series
Wednesdays: November 25; December 2, 9, 16, 6:00–8:30 pm
After an evening Yuletide tour, relax and celebrate the season with live jazz and a glass of wine in the festive atmosphere of Winterthur’s Galleries Reception Atrium. Cash wine and beer bar; fruit and cheese for purchase. Members free. Included with Yuletide tour general admission ticket. For nonmembers who are not purchasing a Yuletide general admission ticket, tickets are $15 and include live jazz and entry to Galleries. For information on performers, visit the Yuletide Jazz & Wine web page.
Members will not want to miss this special holiday concert...
University of Delaware Chorale performs Carols by Candlelight
Sunday, December 6
3:30–4:15, Copeland Lecture Hall
Enjoy a wide variety of musical selections for the holiday season performed by this award-winning ensemble. The UD Chorale is among the most highly regarded college choirs in the eastern United States. In recent years, the choir has been invited to perform on both regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). They have also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and Verizon Hall in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Arts. In addition to annual regional tours, the Chorale has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. $15 per Member $25 per non member. $10 per student (ages 12–18). Advance purchase recommended. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883
Members Yuletide Family Concert
Saturday, December 12
11:00 am, Copeland Lecture Hall
Join us for a joyous family concert with the award-winning Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band as they perform Christmas classics and seasonal favorites including a musical presentation of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. Perfect for all ages! Members only. Members free. Reservations recommended.