Upper Level Member Events - Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Winterthur is closed to the public January 8 - February 28, and reopens March 1 with a full slate of new exhibitions, house tours, and programs. Details here.

Benefactor level-and-above Members are exclusively invited to these upcoming programs

Membership support helps to ensure that Winterthur’s outstanding naturalistic garden, premier collection of American decorative arts, and renowned research library continue to inspire, enlighten and delight all of its visitors! To thank our most generous Members for their annual support, we’ve added a series of exclusive talks, tours, and receptions with our experts, highlighting Winterthur’s varied collections.  Fall 2017 programs are listed below.  Spring 2018 programs will be added soon. 

For more information on these programs or to RSVP, e-mail Jody at jcross@winterthur.org.

Not a Benefactor Member? Upgrade today to attend exclusive events such as these throughout the year. (To upgrade, please call 302.888.4726 or 302.888.4712.)


2017 Montgomery Connoisseurship Competition
Friday, September 8, 4:30 am

This much anticipated annual competition features students from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture Class of 2018 (with assistance from students in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation Class of 2019) as they display their skills of object analysis. Each student acquires an object for $75 or less and makes a compelling argument for its importance and relevance to a specific museum collection.

Presentations will be held in the Rotunda and will be followed by a light reception in the Galleries Reception Atrium.


Talk and Tour: "The Well Dressed Window": Curtains at Winterthur
Tuesday, September 26, 10:00 am

As a collector and decorator, Henry Francis du Pont's unique talent was his ability to arrange beautiful room settings with his extraordinary collection of antiques.  Du Pont paid particular attention to curtains and rotated them seasonally to coordinate with the colors in his beloved garden.  Join Sandy Brown, Winterthur Interior Designer and Linda Eaton, John L. & Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections & Senior Curator of Textiles, as they take you behind the scenes.  Learn how du Pont designed and selected his antique textiles in relation to the architecture and decorative elements in the rooms and see seasonal changes rarely on display in the "awe-inspiring" storage rooms.

"I feel very strongly that the curtains will make all the difference in the house." ~H. F. du Pont


Talk and Tour: Mantels, Doors, and More--Architectural Treasures at Winterthur
Tuesday, October 17, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Winterthur's Museum and Library collections are filled with wonderful sources for exploring and understanding Architecture in the Americas from the 17th to the 20th centuries. From carved colonial woodwork to Arts and Crafts designs, the treasures abound! We invite you to come enjoy a special up-close view of some of our architectural gems with Catharine Dann Roeber, PhD and Thomas A. Guiler, PhD from Winterthur's Academic Programs department.


Workshop: An Introduction to the Care and Conservation of Glass and Ceramics
Thursday, November 9, 10:30 am

Winterthur Objects Conservator Lauren Fair will discuss the considerations a conservator must take into account when working with glass and ceramic collections. Taking place in the objects conservation laboratory, participants will see first-hand examples of ongoing treatments, as well as the various types of materials conservators use to carry out repairs. Space is limited for this workshop.


Workshop: The Dominy Collection at Winterthur
Tuesday, December 12, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Dominy family collection is a forgotten gem in the Winterthur galleries. The shop tools, equipment, manuscripts, and objects that have survived from four generations of 18th and early 19th century East Hampton craftsmen tell a fascinating story about life in rural America, a barter economy, business practices and trade, hand craftsmanship, and Western tools and techniques. Curator Emeritus Charles Hummel will give an overview of the Dominy collection and its importance and discuss his ongoing research, including images of some of the 112 objects newly attributed to Dominy craftsmen through day book entries, object provenances, and object designs and techniques. In addition, Lois F. and Henry S. McNeil Curator of Furniture Joshua Lane will take us behind the scenes into the reconstructed Dominy woodworking shop in this exclusive two-hour workshop.



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