May 16, 2022

Gilded Age Lecture Series opens January 27


NEWPORT, R.I. – The Preservation Society of Newport County will launch a virtual Gilded Age Lecture Series beginning Thursday, January 27.

Additional lectures will be held on Thursday, February 10, and Thursday, February 24. These lectures are all offered free via Zoom, but attendees must register by visiting  

The first lecture, “Naming an Era: The Gilded Age as Novel and Nom de Guerre,” brings together historians and scholars of Mark Twain for a discussion on the origins of the term “Gilded Age,” which was taken from the Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner 1873 novel "The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today." This lecture begins at 6 p.m. on January 27 and is co-presented by The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Speakers include Dr. Carroll Van West, professor and Tennessee State Historian; Pieter Roos, Executive Director of the Mark Twain House; Dr. James Golden, Twain scholar and Director of Interpretation at Historic Deerfield; and Dr. Kerry Driscoll, author and Associate Editor of the Mark Twain Papers and Project at the University of California, Berkeley.

The series continues Thursday, February 10, at 6 p.m. with internationally renowned gilder and historian Michael Kramer of The Gilders’ Studio, who will discuss the history and techniques of gold leaf application; and Thursday, February 24, at 6 p.m. with the Preservation Society’s new Curator of Collections, Dr. Nicole Williams, who will discuss the international influences that led to the Gilded Age in America.

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The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area's historic architecture, landscapes, decorative arts and social history. Its 11 historic properties – seven of them National Historic Landmarks – span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development. For more information, please visit


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