Friday Morning Diversion – “Overcoming Tragedies: Real Life in Lenox’s Gilded Era Country Houses”

September 11, 2020 @ 11:00 am
$20 at Ventfort, $20 plus ticket fee for Zoom

Ventfort Hall resident historian and author Cornelia Brooke Gilder will give us a peek at the subject of her next book when she presents “Overcoming Tragedies: Real Life in Lenox’s Gilded Era Country Houses.”  She will make her visual presentation at the museum’s Morning Diversion on Friday, September 11 at 11:00 am. This is the first of what we hope will be a new series of upcoming talks planned for anyone who wishes to take a different kind of morning break either in person or via Zoom.

Gilder points out: “It is easy to imagine that the lives of grand families in Lenox’s Gilded Age were spent coddled in complacency and security.” Drawing on the research that she has been compiling for her book, Gilder explodes this myth with lively accounts of tragic love stories, defiant elopements, terrifying burglaries, financial ruin, and the constant specter of contagious diseases. Please join us to hear how these families responded to crises of their own era.

The historian has co-authored with Richard S. Jackson, Jr., Houses of the Berkshires, 1870 – 1930; authored Edith Wharton’s Lenox; co-authored with Julia Conklin Peters Hawthorne’s Lenox: The Tanglewood Circle, and with Joan Olshansky A History of Ventfort Hall.

Tickets for the Gilder talk are $20.  The event will be offered via Zoom (over morning coffee at home?) and at Ventfort Hall.  To view her on Zoom register at

To attend the presentation at Ventfort Hall reservations are strongly recommended as seating will be strictly limited. For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.  The museum’s traditional Victorian teas cannot be served until further notice due to the coronavirus.