Special Lectures - Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Gil Schafer III, photo by Carter Berg

Special Lectures

Delaware Antiques Show general admission tickets include all special lectures.

Keynote Lecture

“Creating Places to Call Home: How Tradition, Style, and Memory Can Inspire Ways of Living”

Gil Schafer III

Friday, November 10, 10:00 am (show opens at 11:00 am)

Award-winning architect and author of the new book A Place to Call Home, Gil Schafer believes the most successful houses are the ones that celebrate living—houses with timeless charm that are imbued with memory and a distinct sense of place. It’s this dialogue between past and present that enables him to interpret traditional principles for a multiplicity of architectural styles within contemporary ways of living. Join Schafer as he opens the doors to his world of comfortable classicism, sharing some of the firm’s most recent and exciting projects from around the country and walking through the inner workings of his distinctive approach—from concrete techniques to the more emotional and intuitive aspects of his process—showing how he brings his projects to life and fills them with soul.
About Gil Schafer

Award-winning architect Gil Schafer III is one of the world’s leading experts on contemporary classical architecture. A member of Architectural Digest’s AD 100 and a winner of Veranda’s “Art of Design Award,” Schafer is a member of the Yale School of Architecture Dean’s Council, a trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, and served as president and then chairman of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art for over a decade. He holds a Masters of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture and is the author of the bestselling book The Great American House and the newly released A Place to Call Home. Schafer’s work has been featured in numerous national and international publications, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Veranda, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. When he’s not traveling for work, Schafer divides his time between New York City, upstate New York, and Maine.

Courtesy of Donna Billingsley

Weekend Lectures

"The Well-Dressed Window: Curtains at Winterthur"

Sandy Brown

Sunday, November 12, 10:00 am

As a collector and decorator, Henry Francis du Pont’s unique talent was his ability to arrange his extraordinary collection of antiques in beautiful room settings. Du Pont paid particular attention to curtains and changed them seasonally to reflect the changing colors in his beloved garden. Join Sandy Brown, Winterthur Interior Designer,  Winterthur Design Associates, Allied Member ASID, IFDA, as she reveals how du Pont designed and selected his antique textiles in relation to the architecture and decorative elements in rooms.

Trent Rhodes
Candice Candeto

Winterthur Program in American Material Culture Presents Young Scholars Lectures

Saturday, November 11, 2:00 pm, Pusey & Jones Room

Each year the Delaware Antiques Show showcases research of current and/or recent students from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. The University of Delaware and Winterthur established this graduate program in 1952 to promote the interdisciplinary study of American decorative arts and material culture. The program’s alumni hold distinguished positions internationally in museums, antiques and auction houses, preservation organizations, historical societies, colleges and universities, libraries, and businesses.


"Southern Collecting in the Post-Civil War Era: A Case Study of Barbara Fritchie’s Desk-and-Bookcase"

Trent Rhodes, Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur, explores early collecting in the South through an examination of the desk-and-bookcase of Barbara Fritchie, a Unionist in Maryland who is remembered for her folkloric defiance of Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. Embedded in the mythology surrounding her story, the desk-and bookcase is a testament to the power of objects to construct history and identity.

"The Shop of Robert Stewart: Work and Wealth in the Antebellum Natchez Furniture Trade"

Candice Candeto, Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur, discusses the shop of cabinatmaker Robert Stewart. By 1850, Natchez, Mississippi, was home to the largest number of millionaires in the nation, and cabinetmaker Robert Stewart’s shop produced furniture and sold imported pieces for all levels of society. His surviving accounts and furniture weave a story of the city’s unique material culture influenced by the river, slavery, and ties to the North.



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