Kathryn Sheehan, Rensselaer County & Troy City Historian will present an illustrated lecture on how Troy’s 19th century architecture became an integral backdrop to the Julian Fellows HBO series The Gilded Age. She will speak at Ventfort Hall on Tuesday, July 19 at 4 pm. A tea will follow her presentation
Kathryn worked with the location scouts and production designer on locations throughout the city as well as providing information on how Troy appeared during the Gilded Age, who the major players were in the city at the time that represented “old” money and “new” money. Kathryn will also share some of the behind the scenes stories that happened during the filming for season one.
A native of Troy, New York, her career at the Hart Cluett Museum, formerly the Rensselaer County Historical Society began as an intern from the public history program at SUNY Albany in 1986. As the Rensselaer County and Troy City Historian, Kathryn has researched and lectured on a number of Rensselaer County history topics and has presented her work on local radio and television as well as the History Channel, C-Span, Russian and Japanese Network television. She resides in the historic district in downtown Troy. When not working on history tours and lectures Kathryn can be found exploring the many cemeteries in Rensselaer County or doing photography for her new book due out in 2023: Architecture Worth Saving in Rensselaer County: Revisited.
Tickets are $30 for members and with advance reservation; $35 day of; $22 for students 22 and under. Reservations are required as seats are limited. Walk-ins accommodated as space allows. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination and ID are required. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.
The summer series of Tea & Talks is sponsored in part by board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.