Members-Only Events and Programming
As a Winterthur Member, you can enjoy the benefits of membership through several opportunities this year. All the events and programs listed below are exclusive to Members. 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.
Tiffany Glass Member Day
Sunday, September 20
10:00 am–4:00 pm
Celebrate the opening of the captivating exhibition Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light with these Member-exclusive events:
“Clearly Colorful: Glass at Winterthur”
10:30 am and 11:30 am, Rotunda
Join Catharine Dann Roeber, assistant professor of Decorative Arts and Material Culture, Winterthur, for a talk and tour highlighting Henry Francis du Pont’s glass and ceramics collection. Space is limited. Members free. Reservations required. Please call 302.888.4600.
“Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light”
2:00 pm, Copeland Lecture Hall
Louis C. Tiffany’s windows and lamps are widely admired and celebrated, but what is it that makes these works so special? Lindsy Parrott, director of The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, will explore the new types of glass and innovative fabrication techniques Tiffany used to “paint” with color and light. Members free. Reservations required. Please call 302.888.4600.
Special Tiffany-inspired brunch
9:00 am–12:00 pm
Additional pricing applies. Reservations required. Visit opentable.com or call 302.888.4826.
Other Highlights of the Day
Special guides will be stationed throughout the exhibition to offer insight into Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light; visit the special library display; and browse the Tiffany Shoppe in the Galleries for jewelry and mementos inspired by popular Tiffany motifs.
Members Appreciation Evening
Thursday, October 15
Lecture: “Back of the House and Beyond: The Millionaire Household, 1900‒1942”
5:30–6:30 pm, Copeland
Are the lives of the fabulously wealthy so different from yours and mine? Indeed they are! Join us for an entertaining presentation by Director of Public Programs Jeff Groff as he takes us on a whirlwind tour of the lifestyles, houses, and estates of the country’s wealthiest families in the early 20th century. Usually the grand living and entertaining spaces are the focus, but now you can get a close-up view of everything from the bathrooms, kitchens, butler pantries, nurseries, and closets to the outlying garages, kennels, stables, pool houses, and even private zoos. Didn’t everyone travel by autogiro when visiting neighboring estates? This lively discussion is sure to enlighten as well as amuse. Members free (Members may bring up to two guests using guest passes). Reservations required. Please e-mail email@example.com or call 302.888.4600 for more information.
Members Appreciation Reception
6:30–7:30 pm, Visitor Center Café
Join us for a special Members-only reception following the “Back of the House” lecture. Cash bar and light refreshments offered. Members free (Members may bring up to two guests using guest passes).
Members won’t want to miss a special fall concert…
Sunday, October 25
2:00–3:30 pm, Copeland
6ixwire returns to Winterthur to perform flashy showpieces from many parts of the world including their own arrangement of the violin show piece Carmen Fantasy and Chinese Butterfly Lovers Concerto. 6ixwire will also perform their original compositions Beijinger, 6ixth Sense, and others.
$15 per Member. $25 per nonmember. $10 per student (ages 12–18). Reservations required. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302.888.4600 for more information.
"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
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 the 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 Bachmann, 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, this 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.