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.
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
Join us for an exquisite and soulful live performance by two virtuosos, Xiang Gao and Cathy Yang, together known as 6ixwire. Gao, recognized as one of the world's most successful performing artist of his generation from the People's Republic of China, is the first Chinese violinist to be named an endowed professorship in the U.S. and is noted as "a rare and soulful virtuoso" by the New York Times. Yang is an internationally acclaimed erhu virtuoso, a guzheng (Chinese zither) soloist, and a former professor of music at the China Contemporary Cultural Academy. She has performed as a soloist at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center among other major concert halls in the U.S. To see this amazing duo in action, watch this video. Read Xiang Gao's recent feature in the News Journal here. $15 per Member. $25 per nonmember. $10 per student (ages 12–18). Reservations required. Purchase tickets online or by calling 302.448.3883. 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.
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.