History of Women during the Gilded Age and Beyond Walk
dim. 30 décembre à 19:30
This History of Women during Gilded Age & Beyond walk is on a scenic route filled with interesting places. I will comment on some things (architecture/history), but you will have plenty of time to socialize with others. Cost: The cost of this event is $4 per person, which is paid at the start of the walk. This is for the organizer's Meetup preparation costs and fees. (Please read the "About Us Section" for more information regarding the $4 per person fee for each event.) This walk is similar to a guided walking tour with a number of stops. If you don't like to stop at a number of points of interest, then this walk is not good for you. This walk is about 2 1/2 miles & moderate paced. Bring walking shoes and EXTRA LAYERS OF CLOTHING. If you are registered for this walk and can't attend, please change your RSVP online from "YES" to "NO". (PLEASE READ THE "ABOUT US SECTION" FOR THE GUIDELINES REGARDING THE NO SHOW POLICY.) THERE IS NO NEED TO POST WHY YOU CAN'T MAKE THE EVENT. No young children, service animals, or pets allowed on walk w/o prior approval of organizer. No smoking, please. Description: We'll discuss women architects, artists, decorators, models, servants, socialites, trailblazers, etc. from the late 19th century to the 20th century. We'll talk about women with pioneering careers; social clubs devised, operated,and used solely for women; architectural details designed with a feminine touch; female artist models whose face & figure we still see all around NYC; women's fashion trends back then; the top NYC socialites during the Gilded Age; and women who chose unconventional lifestyles during the Gilded Age. The feature photo above is of Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt II (Anderson Cooper's great grandmother) at the 1883 Vanderbilt Ball where she represented an “Electric Light” that even had a torch that lit up, thanks to batteries hidden in her dress. (Source MCNY [Jose Maria Mora, 1883]) Article from the Museum of the City of New York about the Vanderbilt Ball in 1883. https://blog.mcny.org/2013/08/06/vanderbilt-ball-how-a-costume-ball-changed-new-york-elite-society/ Article from Smithsonian about Frances Benjamin Johnston, who was an official White House photographer for several presidential administrations. She also took self-portraits showing herself outside of the traditional gender roles. In one self-portrait she posed wearing the much more comfortable men's bicycle clothing. In another self-portrait, she posed sitting unladylike holding a cigarette in one hand and a beer stein in the other hand. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/victorian-womanhood-in-all-its-guises-14265506/ Meeting Time: (after lunch) at 1:30 PM. Meeting Place: Outside of the front entrance to the The Arsenal, 830 Fifth Avenue. This is located at 64th Street and 5th Avenue, just inside of Central Park. At the 64th Street entrance to the park, go down the stairs to the The Arsenal building, then turn to the left of the building. Before the walk, restrooms are located inside The Arsenal. Transportation: Take the 4, 5, or 6 subway trains to Lexington Avenue & 59th Street and then walk west to Central Park OR take the N, R, or W subway trains to 59th Street & 5th Avenue and then walk north to the meeting place. Finishing Time: 4:30 PM (Sunset 4:37 PM) Finishing Place: Corner of Madison Avenue & 78th Street. Bad weather cancels this walk. If it is bad weather, I will send out emails about the cancellation before 10:30 AM on Sunday morning. If I don't send out cancellations, I plan to be at the meeting place.