To mark the holiday season in turn-of-the-century Chicago, society women decorated their houses and embellished their tables, as well as dressed for the occasion in high style. This talk will look at all things festive and fashionable on Prairie Avenue in the late 1800s through 1910. This presentation will be given by Debra N. Mancoff, a popular lecturer who explores the interconnections of art, fashion, and culture. She is a Scholar in Residence at the Newberry Library, and is the author of numerous books.
This very special tour provides attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several historic homes in the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the museum for a reception with live jazz music, appetizers from local restaurants, and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.