The Magazine for Flagler Museum Members
Winter 2012 Volume Nineteen â€˘ Number One
over-sea railroad anniversary The Flagler Museum will celebrate the centennial of the completion of Henry Flagler’s Over-Sea Railroad with special products and events leading up to the 100th anniversary on January 22, 2012. The Museum has developed a variety of products commemorating the Centennial, including a special Centennial Edition of Les Standiford’s highly acclaimed “Last Train to Paradise.” The new edition features rarely seen images from the Museum’s Archives, an author’s note, and a foreword by the Museum’s Executive Director, John Blades. The first passenger train arriving in Key West on January 22, 1912 was greeted by thousands of people. Image, Flagler Museum Archives.
Museum Trustees President: George G. Matthews Vice President: G.F. Robert Hanke Treasurer: William M. Matthews Secretary: Thomas S. Kenan, III Trustee: Alexander W. Dreyfoos Trustee: Kelly M. Hopkins Trustee: John B. Rogers
Leadership Staff Executive Director: John M. Blades Business Manager: Kay Anderson Chief Curator: Tracy Kamerer Education Director: Allison Goff Facilities Manager: William Fallacaro Member Services Director: Sarah Brutschy Public Affairs Director: David Carson Store & Cafe Manager: Kristen Cahill
On The Cover Detail of the Wisteria lamp, designed by Clara Driscoll c. 1901, part of the Winter Exhibition “A New Light On Tiffany: Clara Driscoll And The Tiffany Girls.” Image courtesy New-York Historical Society
Build your own railroad with the FEC model train set. The HO scale set features Engine No. 12 (that pulled the pilot train into Key West). An HO scale model of Railcar No. 91 is also available. For a full list of commemorative products, visit the Museum Store online at www.flaglermuseum.us.
Museum Hours and Admission The Flagler Museum is open year round, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Admission is $18 for adults, $10 for youth ages 13-17, $3 for children ages 6-12, and children under 6 are free. Admission is free for Members. Special rates are available for groups. The Museum and grounds are wheelchair accessible. Inside Whitehall is published quarterly by the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The Flagler Museum One Whitehall Way Palm Beach, Florida 33480 Telephone (561) 655-2833 Fax (561) 655-2826 e-mail: email@example.com website: www.flaglermuseum.us © Flagler Museum, 2012
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The Whitehall Society kicked off the beginning of the Season with a cocktail party and fundraiser celebrating the history and tradition of cocktails in America. Gilded Age drinks such as the Blue Blazer (left) were mixed from historic recipes.
A New Light on Tiffany
Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls The Winter Exhibition sheds new light on the women who created many of Tiffany Studios’ celebrated decorative objects in the first decade of the 20th century. “A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls” is on exhibition from January 31 through April 22, 2012. After a successful international tour, the Flagler Museum is the final opportunity for visitors to see this fantastic collection. The exhibition includes more than 50 objects, including Tiffany lamps, windows, mosaics, enamels, ceramics, and pages of recently discovered correspondence written by head designer Clara Driscoll (1861-1944). The exhibition is organized by the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS), and will be supplemented with objects from private lenders. Driscoll’s correspondence reveals that she was responsible for many of the firm’s most iconic lampshades, including the Wisteria, Dragonfly, Peony and numerous decorative objects. In addition to designing, Driscoll managed a large department of young women, known as the “Tiffany Girls,” who specialized in selecting and cutting glass for windows, shades and mosaics. The exhibition presents the renowned works of Tiffany Studios in an entirely new context, focusing on the women who labored behind the scenes to create the masterpieces now inextricably linked to the Tiffany name. Clara Driscoll was an avid writer who regularly wrote voluminous letters home to her mother and sisters. “The inspiration for this exhibition was the recent discovery of Clara Driscoll’s letters,” said N-YHS Museum Director Linda Ferber. “Louis C. Tiffany’s leaded-glass windows, lamps, and other luxury objects have long been hailed as icons of American design. The correspondence reveals that many of these celebrated works, long presumed to be designed exclusively by Tiffany in his role as artistic director, were actually conceived by Clara Driscoll and executed by her staff of young women.” The letters provide a first-hand account of the inner workings of Tiffany Studios. They reveal previously unknown details about the design and production of Tiffany lamps and other luxury objects.
The centerpieces of the exhibition are the objects designed by Clara Driscoll. Thanks to Driscoll’s letters, the exhibition highlights the steps in the design process previously unknown to scholars. Notable objects include the early and experimental Deep Sea lamp and the popular Wisteria model. A section of the exhibition highlights Clara’s life in turn-of-the-century New York City, as vividly described in her letters. She was an example of the era’s growing movement of “New Woman.” Clara took full advantage of the city’s cultural and leisure offerings, from the museums and theaters to the parks.
Right: Wisteria lamp, designed by Clara Driscoll c. 1901, NewYork Historical Society. Below: Tiffany Girls on the roof of Tiffany Studios, c. 1904-05. From the collection of The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, Florida.
Left: Clara Driscoll at Tiffany Studios with Joseph Briggs, 1901. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Middle: Peony shade, designed by Clara Driscoll c.1900-04. New-York Historical Society. Right: Saint Andrew from The Last Supper, mosaic sample panel, c. 1897. Lillian Nassau LLC, New York.
The exhibition also examines the activities of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department, who were responsible for selecting glass for most of Tiffany’s floral lampshades as well as numerous windows and mosaics. Historic design drawings, sheets of Tiffany glass and tools will clarify the process of making the intricate shades. Also discussed will be the tense relationship between the men’s and women’s departments, Louis C. Tiffany’s steadfast support of his women workers, and the various labor issues that affected the work of the Tiffany Girls. “Clara Driscoll was the hidden genius behind many of Louis C. Tiffany’s designs,” notes exhibition curator Margaret K. Hofer. “We are thrilled to be telling the story of this remarkable woman, primarily through her own words. This exhibition and the accompanying catalog represent a great step forward in the scholarship of Tiffany Studios.”
“Clara Driscoll was the hidden genius behind many of Louis C. Tiffany’s designs” - exhibition curator, Margaret K. Hofer. The curatorial team for this exhibition was: Martin Eidelberg, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Rutgers University, who has published widely on 20th-century decorative arts, particularly on Tiffany and turn-of-the-century design; Nina Gray, an independent scholar focusing on late 19th- and early 20th-century American decorative arts, and formerly Associate Curator of Decorative Arts at the New-York Historical Society; Margaret K. Hofer, N-YHS Curator of Decorative Arts. The exhibition is sponsored by Northern Trust and The Palm Beach Post.
Right: Wild Carrot candlestick, probably designed by Lillian Palmié, c. 1902, Lillian Nassau LLC, New York.
museum invites children to special exhibit activity The Flagler Museum will host a Children’s Exhibit Activity on February 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children in fourth through eighth grade are invited to a special tour of “A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls” with the Museum’s Education Director. They will learn about the many women who designed the iconic Tiffany lamps, and what life was like in 1900s New York City. After the tour the children will participate in a hands-on learning activity. The program is free with Museum admission, but space is limited. Please call (561) 655-2833 to make reservations.
Children tour the fall exhibition during the Children’s Exhibit Activity.
tour a new light on tiffany with exhibition curator The Museum’s Winter Exhibition, “A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls,” presents exciting new information about the role of women artisans at Tiffany Studios during the beginning of the 20th century.
Above: Clara Driscoll, Parker Mcilhine, Agnes Northrop, and Louis C. Tiffany, Sept. 13, 1907. Courtesy Michael Burlingham. Left: Margaret K. Hofer will lead the Gallery Talk on Feb. 28.
Take a tour with exhibition’s co-curator, Margaret K. Hofer, and learn more about the stunning lamps, windows, mosaics, and other luxury objects produced by the “Tiffany Girls.” Margaret K. Hofer is Curator of Decorative Arts at the New-York Historical Society. She has worked with the Historical Society’s Tiffany lamp collection since 1993, and she is also a co-author of the exhibition’s catalog. The Gallery Talk will be held on February 28, 2012 at 12:15 p.m. The Gallery Talk is free with Museum admission, but space is limited. Please call (561) 6552833 to make a reservation. A book signing with Margaret K. Hofer follows the tour of the exhibition.
flagler museum music series begins january 10th The Flagler name has long been associated with great music. Henry and Mary Lily Flagler frequently hosted musical performances in Whitehall’s elaborate Music Room furnished with a 1,249 piper J.H. & C.S. Odell & Co. organ and a Steinway upright grand piano. Flagler’s son, Henry Harkness Flagler, was chairman of the New York Philharmonic Society. One of Flagler’s granddaughters, Jean Flagler Matthews, who founded the Flagler Museum, restored Whitehall’s elaborate Odell organ and in 1969 brought the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein, to South Florida for a Museum benefit concert. The association between the Flagler name and great music continues today in the form of the Flagler Museum Music Series, which provides an unparalleled combination of chamber music performances from some of the world’s best musicians. The 13th Annual Flagler Museum Music Series continues to bring acclaimed classical musicians to the finest chamber music venue in South Florida. The Series is regularly featured on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” Audience members are able to experience chamber music, as it was intended, in a gracious and intimate setting typical of Gilded Age performances. Following each concert, audience members are invited to a champagne and dessert reception with the musicians. Tickets are $60 per concert or $280 for a Series Ticket. To purchase tickets visit www.flaglermuseum.us or call (561) 655-2833. Sponsored by PNC bank, the Palm Beach Daily News and the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust.
Adaskin String Trio
January 10, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. The Adaskin String Trio has won over audiences internationally with exuberant and stirring performances. The Boston Globe hailed their performances, saying “The Adaskin’s technical mastery never in question, they brought to the music a focus and intensity that was all the keener for its selflessness.” Formed in 1994, the trio performs extensively throughout the United States and Canada, and has appeared at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. In addition, the Trio’s concerts have been regularly recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio, Radio-Canada, and National Public Radio.
Adaskin String Trio
January 24, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. The Euclid Quartet is one of the most highly regarded chamber ensembles of its generation, whose performances are “an elegant mix of passion, ferocity
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and feathery delicacy” (The Washington Post). The eclectic mixture of the Quartet members represents four continents, and inspires programs that celebrate its diverse international heritage. The Quartet has performed to high acclaim across the country – at appearances including Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Aspen Music Festival, Merkin Hall, and the National Gallery – and has won top prizes at several prestigious competitions.
February 7, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Moscow String Quartet
Four Stradivaris, perfect musical instruments, find four musicians who bring out of them all the height and depth of human emotion that music can express. What unites them is their love of music; what drives them is their enthusiasm for using their musical talent to tell stories; technical perfection is a basic precondition which can be allowed to slip into the background. The Quartet breathes life into the completed work: the work of Stradivari and the works of the composers. The New York Times agrees saying the group is “distinguished by an impressively refined sound.”
Moscow String Quartet February 21, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
The Moscow String Quartet have earned a place among the most distinguished artists of our time. All graduates of the Moscow Conservatory and Gnessin Musical Institute (Moscow), they were students of eminent professors, including Yuri Yankelevich, and Genrihk Talalian of the Komitas String Quartet. The Moscow String Quartet gained international acclaim after winning the 1978 Leo Weiner International Quartet Competition in Budapest. The Quartet triumphed at the International Quartet competition Evian, France, and the Quartet has played to consistent critical acclaim in the major concert halls of Europe and the United States.
Violinist Joanna Marie Frankel March 6, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Hailed by The Washington Post as “an uncommonly fine young violinist,” Joanna Marie Frankel consistently shares her unique imagination before many and diverse audiences. She is a recipient of The 2007 Career Grant from the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, and of The Juilliard School’s prestigious 2007 William Schuman Prize for outstanding artistic excellence and leadership. Frankel was named a 2008 La Gesse Foundation Young Artist Fellow. She performs on the 1846 Jean Baptiste Vuillaume violin labeled ‘Joseph Guarnerius fecit Cremonae,’ on extended loan from a generous patron through the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation. Stradivari Quartet
history shines bright through newly conserved torchieres Ask any historian and they are likely to say one of the most fulfilling aspect of their job is uncovering long lost pieces of history. The feeling is no different for the staff at the Flagler Museum, where earlier this summer Curatorial staff made a fascinating discovery while working with a conservator on the torchieres in Whitehall’s Drawing Room. Chief Curator, Tracy Kamerer had long thought the elaborate 9-foot torchieres we looking a little dingy and green. Their oxidized appearance was ill-fitting among the beautiful pink and aluminum accents of the Drawing Room. Each of the four torchieres in the corners of the room is very ornate, featuring foliage and berries in high relief. The torchieres were custom-built from standardized components by E. F. Caldwell and Co. of New York, which designed all the sconces and chandeliers for Whitehall, as well as for the majority of America’s great homes, including in the White House. Kamerer called on conservationist Scott Nolley of Virginia to help solve the mystery of the torchieres. After an analysis of the lamps, which included disassembling them into multiple pieces, some clues started to appear. While Museum records indicated the torchieres were made of silver. However, silver oxidation is normally black, but the oxidation seeping through the white metal of the torchieres was green. A more thorough examination of the metal compound was necessary to solve the mystery, so pieces of the lamps were taken to a special laboratory in Virginia. In the meantime, Nolley began researching the Age Scientific American Catalog of Industrial Processes, and found a listing for a finish that looked like silver, but was more durable and easier to maintain. Eventually, laboratory tests confirmed what Nolley had discovered in his research. The Drawing Room torchieres were made of brass and coated with a very unusual amalgam of aluminum and silver, a finish designed to look like pure silver but to be much less susceptible to oxidation. Using the appropriate materials, Nolley removed the oxidation and residue from the intricate torchieres, restoring the original radiant finish of silver and aluminum amalgam. Each torchiere now sparkles in a way that has not been seen since Henry and Mary Lily Flagler occupied Whitehall more than a century ago.
Given the love of combining technology and aesthetics during America’s Gilded Age, and Flagler’s wish to make Whitehall a prime example of that movement, it is not surprising such advanced materials were used in construction of the torchieres. During the Gilded Age aluminum was a very expensive and highly prized material, since it didn’t seem to tarnish and the process of extracting aluminum inexpensively had not yet been developed. So, combining aluminum and silver to create an amalgam that was as beautiful as silver but as easy to maintain as aluminum must have seemed a perfect combination of technology and aesthetic. The knowledge of how to clean and care for the torchieres was probably lost during the time Whitehall was operated as a hotel, from the 1930s through 1958. And, the torchieres were assumed thereafter to simply be silver plate. Unfortunately, silver cleaners and polishes used to clean an polish the torchieres contained chemicals that broke down the aluminum and silver amalgam, a well at the brass beneath it, resulting in the mysterious green oxidation. With a clearer understanding of the composition of the torchieres, Museum professionals can now better care for the historic lamps, maintaining their original luster without damaging the unusual silver and aluminum plating. With the conservation of the torchieres now completed, they will once again live up to their original promise of being both beautiful and relatively easy to maintain. The Museum’s Chief Curator will continue the research on these unusual light fixtures, and share this knowledge with other historic house museums who may find themselves coping with a similar mystery. Opposite, top left : A torchiere is disassembled and removed from the Drawing Room. Top right: Torchiere being conserved by Scott Nolley. Torchiere sections before and after conservation. Photos courtesy Meghan McCarthy/Palm Beach Daily News. Bottom left: Conserved torchiere is reinstalled in the Drawing Room. Bottom Right: Conserved torchiere in location.
museum completes henry flagler harris research library
The construction of the Henry Flagler Harris Research Library in 2009 was funded in part by a bequest from the estate of Henry Flagler Harris. Henry Flagler (Nick) Harris of Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania and Palm Beach was the great grandson of Henry Morrison Flagler, and a Charter Member of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum.
related to Gilded Age history, literature, and business, as well as many rare books related to Florida history. The new Library bookcases and furnishings will also provide much need work spaces for visiting researchers, the digitization of the Museum’s collections of rare photographs and documents, and an office area for the Museum’s Archivist and Librarian.
Recent grants from the Fortin Foundation of Florida, the Wise Foundation, and the Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation, made possible the construction of custom bookcases and desks during the summer that will house the Museum’s growing collection of books
Eventually, the Research Library will house more than 2,500 books and many thousands of related documents. The goal during the next decade is to make the Henry Flagler Harris Library the premier resource for researchers on America’s Gilded Age.
Museum Receives Gift from Estate of Philanthropist and Preservationist The Museum recently received word that it was the beneficiary of a generous gift from the estate of long-time Museum Member Norman E. Mack, II. A developer, preservationist, and philanthropist, Norman Mack will long be remembered as a benefactor of
many cultural organizations in both Buffalo and Palm Beach, and as a preservationist, having restored an astonishing 38 historic homes in his native city of Buffalo. The Trustees and staff of the Museum are deeply grateful for
the generosity of Norman Mack and others who, like him, have included the Museum in their estate planning. Please consider remembering the Museum in your estate planning. And when you do, please let us know so that we may thank you.
celebrate valentine’s day at whitehall Henry Flagler built Whitehall as a wedding present for his wife, and it remains one of America’s most romantic destinations. Enjoy the elegance of this Beaux Arts mansion, and a special Gilded Age style Tea-for-Two in the Café des Beaux-Arts with someone special. Every Tea-for-Two package includes admission to the Museum, Valentine’s Day rose, keepsake photo, box of Whitehall Gourmet Chocolates, and a $15 gift card to the Museum Store.
There are three opportunities to have the Valentine’s Tea-for two: February 11th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., February 12th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., or on February 14th from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 per couple for Museum Members, $100 per couple for non-members (includes tax and gratuity) Advance purchase required. To purchase tickets please visit www.flaglermuseum.us or call (561) 655-2833.
Mary Lily and Henry Flagler at Whitehall.
Museum Receives Tourism Cares Worldwide Grant
The Flagler Museum was recently selected to be one of only six organizations internationally awarded a Tourism Cares Worldwide Grant. This grant will support the Museum’s ongoing Audio Tour Translation Project and resulted from a highly competitive process in which the Museum’s application was reviewed by the Tourism Cares Blue Ribbon Panel, comprised of U.S. experts in the fields of conservation, preservation, restoration, and tourism.
Tourism Cares is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the travel experience for future generations. “Tourism Cares has long been an advocate of preservation, restoration and education of exceptional cultural heritage sites,” said Bruce Beckham, the organization’s Executive Director. The Tourism Cares Worldwide Grant will support the rental of high quality, user-friendly audio tour wands, a cutting-edge technology.
This will enhance the way the Whitehall is interpreted, increasing accessibility for visitors through translation of the tour into Spanish, French, and German. Tourism Cares will provide matching funds for the Museum’s current grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. The Museum’s application was supported by Visit Florida and the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
special lecture examines the work of carrÈre and hastings
Carrère and Hastings’ New York Public Library during the final stages of construction. Digitally colored historic photograph. Image courtesy Library of Congress.
he Museum will host a special evening lecture with Dr. Laurie Ossman and Heather P. Ewing who have coauthored “Carrère & Hastings: The Master Works,” their newly released book on the celebrated architects of the Gilded Age, John Carrère and Thomas Hastings. Ossman and Ewing will discuss the architect’s legendary partnership, which designed Beaux-Arts masterpieces such as Whitehall (now the Flagler Museum), the New York Public Library, the Hotel Ponce de Leon in St. Augustine (now Flagler College), and the Henry Clay Frick home in New York (now The Frick Collection), among many others. Carrère & Hastings designed
commercial buildings, elaborate residences, and prominent public structures in New York, Washington, London, Paris, Rome, and Havana between 1895 and 1924. Dr. Laurie Ossman is director of the Woodlawn Plantation and PopeLeighey House in Mount Vernon, Virginia, and author of “Great Houses of the South.” Heather Ewing is an architectural historian and research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. She is a co-author of “The Castle: An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building and The Lost World of James Smithson:
Science, Revolution, and the Birth of the Smithsonian.” The authors will be available for a book signing following their lecture.
TICKETS January 31, 2012 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 Grand Ballroom Purchase tickets online at www.flaglermuseum.us, at the door, or by calling (561) 655-2833.
The Extraordinary Jo seph Urban
museum takes top honor at regional award competition The Flagler Museum was honored with two Awards and a special Honorable Mention at the 23rd annual Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) in Greenville, South Carolina on Oct. 26. No other institution received more SEMS awards in 2011 than the Flagler Museum. The Museum was recognized by the SEMC’s Curators Committee with an Award of Excellence for its exhibition, “The Extraordinary Joseph Urban.” The Exhibition Competition showcases the best in regional exhibitions. Criteria for selecting award winners included: the budget, the exhibition’s ability to effectively meet the Museum’s mission, how the exhibition was conceived and researched, the quality of its design and fabrication, and the educational value provided in both the exhibition and related programming. “The Extraordinary Joseph Urban” was on view at the Museum from Feb. 1 to April 17, 2011.
The SEMC’s Publication Design Competition recognizes excellence among southeastern museum publications. The Museum won a Silver Award in the Campaign Category for its marketing of the exhibition, “The Extraordinary Joseph Urban.” The extensive print campaign included: signage, postcards, print advertisements, opening reception invitations and a feature story in “Inside Whitehall” (the magazine for Museum Members). The Museum received an Honorable Mention in the Catalogs Category for “Our Town: An InDepth Pictorial History of Palm Beach.” While the pop-up style book was not a catalog related to an exhibition, the SEMC felt the quality of “Our Town” deserved special recognition.
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The Museum received awards for the Joseph Urban exhibition, and the pop-up book “Our Town.”
The book celebrates the Town of Palm Beach’s history by juxtaposing historical photographs and contemporary images. The SEMC is a nonprofit membership organization that serves museums in 12 states throughout the southeast. It sponsors annual awards competitions to honor exceptional work from its member organizations.
curatorial department welcomes new exhibit technician The Flagler Museum welcomes Rylie Osmer to its professional team as the Exhibit Technician. He is responsible for the daily maintenance of all exhibitions, the environmental monitoring and care of objects, and the installation of temporary exhibitions. A West Palm Beach native, Osmer attended the Alexander W.
Dreyfoos School of the Arts. He went on to graduate with a degree in Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Rylie can be found fishing on his free time. His favorite object in the Museum’s collection is Henry Flagler’s private Railcar, No. 91, because it stands out from a visit in his childhood.
built to last
lecture series examines great engineering feats The 27th Annual Whitehall Lecture Series will bring experts and best-selling authors to discuss “Great Engineering Feats of the Gilded Age.” From ingenious engineers pushing the limits of steel to visionary moguls driven to complete massive projects, each lecture in the Series will explore the engineering feats that forever changed our idea of what is possible. A book signing follows each lecture. Whitehall Lecture Series tickets are free for Museum Members at the Sustaining level and above; $10 for Individual, Family, and Life level Members; $28 per lecture for non-museum members; or $150 for a sixlecture series ticket. Each ticket includes admission to the Museum. Lectures will be webcast, at no charge, at www.flaglermuseum.us/programs/lecture-series. Online visitors may listen live, see the presentation and e-mail the lecturer questions. The Lecture Series is sponsored by The Palm Beach Post
First Train to Paradise: The Building of the Over-Sea Railroad Les Standiford January 29, 2012 3:00 p.m.
The Over-Sea Railroad was considered the greatest engineering feat ever undertaken by a private citizen, and Henry Flagler’s railroad from Miami to Key West pushed the boundaries of structural engineering. For nearly half the distance the 156 mile railroad had to be raised over water on steel and concrete bridges. During the seven year construction, three hurricanes resulted in significant damage and loss of life. Despite the hardships, the final link of the Over-Sea Railroad was completed in January 1912. Les Standiford is the best-selling author of 20 books, including novels and critically acclaimed works of nonfiction, including: “Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean,” and “Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick and the Bitter Partnership that Transformed America,” which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
Circles in the Sky: George Ferris’ Amazing Wheel Richard Weingardt February 5, 2012 3:00 p.m.
The organizers of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago were determined to showcase the engineering prowess of America and surpass the Eiffel Tower as the most ingenious engineering feat of the time. George W.G. Ferris’ plan to construct a wheel, 264 feet high with 36 cars capable of holding 60 people each, was that engineering marvel. His wheel of steel spokes was unlike any that had come before and towered high above all else featured at the Fair. The Ferris Wheel thrust American engineering into the world spotlight and displayed a kind of innovation that had never been seen before but foretold the possibilities of the coming 20th century. Richard Weingardt has practiced structural engineering for 50 years, and his consulting firm has completed more than 4,700 major projects worldwide. He is the author of nine books and some 600 published papers and articles on engineering, business, leadership and creativity.
Conquering Gotham: Building a Railroad Under the Hudson River Jill Jonnes
February 12, 2012 3:00 p.m. In 1901, Alexander Cassatt, President of the Pennsylvania Railroad, set out to accomplish an engineering project so bold it would change the engineering world forever. Thought by many to result in certain disaster, Cassatt and his team devised a plan to build a system of tunnels under the river into Manhattan. Completing this tunnel system under the mile-wide Hudson River would not only require grueling physical labor, but mucking through the convoluted politics of New York. Jill Jonnes is the author of five books, including a trilogy of critically acclaimed Gilded Age engineering epics: “Conquering Gotham: Building Penn Station
Circles in the Sky - Feb. 5
Panama Fever - March 4
Water and Power - Feb. 19
Unsinkable - Feb. 26
Conquering Gotham - Feb. 12
First Train to Paradise - Jan. 29
A packed house enjoys a lecture during the 2011 Series. All lectures are held in historic Whitehall’s Grand Ballroom. Each lecture is available for download from the Museum’s website, www.flaglermuseum.us.
and Its Tunnels,” “Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse and the Race to Electrify the World,” and “Eiffel’s Tower: The Thrilling Story Behind Paris’s Beloved Monument and the Extraordinary World’s Fair That Introduced It.”
Water and Power: Mulholland’s Phenomenal Aqueduct Michael Hiltzik February 19, 2012 3:00 p.m.
Spanning more than 200 miles, the Los Angeles Aqueduct was the brainchild of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Director, William Mulholland. The Los Angeles Aqueduct system diverted water from nearby Owens Valley to developing Los Angeles making it possible for an essentially desert city to grow to become one of the largest cities in the world. Employing more than 5,000 workers, the project took three and a half years to complete and began operating in 1913. For nearly a century the Aqueduct has been the primary source of water for the city of Los Angeles. Michael Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has covered business, technology, and public policy for the Los Angeles Times for 20 years. In that time he has served as a financial and political writer, an investigative reporter, and as a foreign correspondent in Africa and Russia. His other books include “Colossus: Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century.”
Unsinkable: The RMS Titanic Daniel Allen Butler February 26, 2012 3:00 p.m.
Launched in 1912 by White Star Line as an answer to the fierce competition for the most majestic vessel, the RMS Titanic was the second of three passenger steamships meant to rule the oceans. It stretched nearly 100 feet longer than its competition, was about 12,000 tons larger, and could accommodate more than 3,000 passengers. The Titanic is the best known steamship ever built and a fascinating example of engineering achievement of the Gilded Age. Daniel Allen Butler is the author of nine books including: “‘Unsinkable’: The Full Story of RMS Titanic.”
Panama Fever: The Battle to Build the Canal Matthew Parker March 4, 2012 3:00 p.m.
Perhaps the most highly celebrated engineering triumph, the Panama Canal was completed in 1915. Panama Pacific World’s Fair advertisements celebrated it as The Thirteenth Labor of Hercules. The construction of the Canal required more than 75,000 workmen from all over the world, but poor living conditions and social issues that arose in the Canal Zone made completing this massive engineering project a truly massive challenge. An Oxford University graduate, Parker has worked as a writer, editorial consultant, and a contributor to history television projects. His books include “Panama Fever: The Battle to Build the Canal.”
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contributors, sponsors, and grantors september 30, 2011 through December 23, 2011
CONTRIBUTORS, SPONSORS AND GRANTORS $50,000 and above Relgalf Charitable Foundation
$25,000 and above Fortin Foundation of Florida Col. & Mrs. G. F. Robert Hanke Mr. & Mrs. William M. Matthews Northern Trust
$10,000 and above Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Charitable Foundation Mr. & Mrs. John B. Rogers Palm Beach Daily News † The Palm Beach Post † PNC Bank
$5,000 and above Mrs. Cecile M. Draime Institute for Museum and Library Services -Museums for America Mrs. Betsy K. Matthews Mr. George G. Matthews Ms. Paige Rense Noland Ralph B. Rogers Foundation Richard S. Johnson Family Foundation Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation
$2,500 and above Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs Frankino Foundation Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation
$1,000 and above Mr. & Mrs. John K. Castle Donald M. Ephraim Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Howard Lester Mr. & Mrs. Sam Michaels Mr. George G. Moffett, II Ms. Anka Kriser Palitz Mr. & Mrs. John J. Rinker Rodman Foundation Mr. Harold Byron Smith Mr. & Rev. Mrs. E. Rodman Titcomb, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Leo A. Vecellio, Jr. Whitehall Foundation Wrightson-Ramsing Foundation
$500 and above Dr. & Mrs. Marvin Abrams Mrs. Ann Appleman Mr. & Mrs. Flotyd D. Gottwald, Jr. Herndon Foundation Mr. & Mrs. John H. Johnson Mr. & Mrs. John Kessler Mrs. Helen K. Persson Mr. & Mrs. Harvey L. Poppel Mr. David P. Silverman (in memory of Ms. Ethel K. Bob) Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Slocum Ms. Isabelle Haskell de Tomaso
$100 and above Ms. Penelope E. Donnelly Mr. Rejean H. Dupre Mr. H. Spencer Everett, Jr. Mr. Scott W. Horne Mr. & Mrs. Barry Hoyt Ms. Olexa C. Mandelbaum Ms. Lorriane P. Medon Mrs. Helene Newman Mr. Kenneth Olsen Mr. Richard A. Raffo Mr. James E. Stonebraker Mr. Harry A. Striebel Mr. & Mrs. Robert G. Walker, Jr.
$50 and above
† Denotes a full or partial in-kind contribution
Ms. Sherrill Boone Mr. & Mrs. Malcolm G. Bourne, Jr. Mr. T. Keller Donovan Mr. Robert W. Ganger Mrs. Nell Hight McNulty Charitable Foundation
new and renewing Members
september 30, 2011 through December 23, 2011 Corporate Chairman - $10,000 Anonymous Ford Brazil Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Flagler Associate - $5,000 Mr. & Mrs S. Daniel Abraham Mrs. Nadia Bohlman Ms. Pamela Budzinsky Mr. Andrew Carden Mr. & Mrs. Steven Chaney Mr. & Mrs. Hugo D. Du Preez Mr. & Mrs. Roger L. Heymann Mr. & Mrs. Dan A. Klinger Ms. Lisa Leder & Mr. Andy Levine Mr. Manuel Lim Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert C. Maurer Dr. & Mrs. Wayne Maxson Miami City Ballet Paradise Fund Mr. Michael Rouse & Miss Karina Mehnell Mr. Tom Oâ€™Donnell & Miss Kim Seager Mr. Harold Byron Smith
Benefactor - $2,500 Mr. & Mrs. Avram Glazer Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Lehrman Mrs. Alexander R. Raywood
Patron - $1,000 Mr. & Mrs. George Banks Mr. & Mrs. Ronald L. Buch Mr. Robert G. Donnelley Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Hummel Mr. & Mrs. Peter I. C. Knowles, II Mr. & Mrs. Dudley L. Moore, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Dennis J. Shaughnessy Mr. & Mrs. Robert C. Wright Ms. Isabelle Haskell de Tomaso
Sponsor - $500 Mr. & Mrs. Jack A. Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Robert R. Ammarell Mr. & Mrs. E. William Aylward Mr. & Mrs. James M. Ballentine Ms. Josephine L. DuPont Bayard Ms. Anne Bedinger
Mr. & Mrs. Eugene L. Bernard Ms. Sarah Blazek Mr. Frederick T. A. Bollaci & Ms. Marianne B. Siegal Ms. Holly Peterson Breeden Mr. & Mrs. David O. Charland Mrs. H. Grant Clark, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. David Click Ms. Melinda Colchico Mr. & Mrs. Robert J. DeValle Mr. Wayne W. Diller & Ms. Firenza Andertan Mr. & Mrs. Mark B. Elhilow Mr. & Mrs. George T. Elmore Mr. & Mrs. John Galiardo Mr. & Mrs. Peter N. Geisler Mr. & Mrs. William Grabkowski Dr. Heinz L. Gundlach Mr. & Mrs. Dana A. Hamel Mr. & Mrs. Joseph T. Harper Ms. Patricia E. Herbert Mr. & Mrs. Richard D. Horowitz Ms. Rebecca Hsu Mr. & Mrs. Edward M. Kassatly Mr. Charles F. Lanigan Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Levy Mr. Raymond F. Lucchetti Mrs. Lally R. Lynch Mr. & Mrs. Randolph A. Marks Ms. Olivera N. Mazza Mr. & Mrs. John H. Morris, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Christopher D. Orthwein Dr. Jeffrey H. Phillips, MD Mr. & Mrs. Harvey L. Poppel Mr. David V. Reese Mr. & Mrs. Shouky Shaheen Mr. & Mrs. Patrick H. Shearin Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Slocum Ms. Louise H. Stephaich Mr. Dyson Parke Stockman
Sustaining - $225 Mr. Donald Alducin & Dr. Sharada Shankar-Alducin Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Berman Dr. Matteo Bertoni Dr. Miguel A. Brito Mr. & Mrs. John W. Broch Ms. Sandra Carnohan Mr. Robert B. Crowe Dr. & Mrs. Robert A. Flucke Ms. Doris Haigh Ms. Maryann L. Hajduk
Mrs. Judith M. Hodge Dr. Sharon Rife Hoffer Mr. Scott W. Horne Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Imbrogno Mr. Kermit R. Kimball, Jr. Dr. & Mrs. Richard Lazzara Lightner Museum Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Manaker Mr. Lucius B. McKelvey Mr. & Mrs. T. Bragg McLeod Mr. & Mrs. Leigh A. McMakin Mrs. Agnes C. Musch Mr. & Mrs. Ralph J. Neri Ms. Jane Reilley Ms. Susan Reynolds Mr. Allan E. Ridall Mr. & Mrs. Sigurd Sandzen Mr. & Mrs. John Schultz Ms. Robin Sexton Mr. & Mrs. Charles Smith Ms. Cynthia Steele Mr. & Mrs. Robert N. Szalay Mr. David L. Wagner Ms. Bernadette Weber Mr. & Mrs. Donald Woodruff
Family - $125 Mrs. Joyce T. Alban Mr. & Mrs. Harvey P. Alstodt Ms. Wendi Bean Mr. & Mrs. Joel Bedor Mr. Bryan J. Belliveau & Mrs. Deborah S. Belliveau Mr. & Mrs. Harold Bolnick Ms. Brenda Boozer & Dr. Ford Lallerstedt Mr. & Mrs. Robert Boyd Mr. Stephen Boylan Mrs. Martha F. Brooks Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Budker Ms. Stacie Crocco Mr. & Mrs. John J. Cusick Mr. & Mrs. Victor Del Regno Mr. & Mrs. Wayne F. Dimm Mr. T. Keller Donovan Mr. & Mrs. Robert T. Eigelberger Mrs. Esther M. Feldberg Mr. & Mrs. Conrad Fisher Dr. & Mrs. David E. Fry Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth L. Groves Mr. & Mrs. Harris N. Hollin Mr. Kenneth W. Horn Mrs. Patricia Jawdy & Ms. Kaye Lovejoy Ms. Jessica Klinger & Mr. Michael Busanet Mr. & Mrs. Dennis J. Leavy Mr. & Mrs. Michael Levtchenko Dr. & Mrs. Jack L. Liggett Mr. & Mrs. David J. Lutz Mr. & Mrs. Rich Matta Mrs. Shirley May & Ms. Kyle May Mr. & Mrs. Pete S. Michaels Mr. Robert A. Mileti & Ms. Susan Bartsch Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Mesur
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Nelson Ms. Helene Netter & Mr. Jay Gordon Mr. & Mrs. Lee I Niedringhaus, III Mr. & Mrs. James C. Pizzagalli Mr. & Mrs. Bernard A. Rackmales Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin L. Scherer Mr. & Mrs. Charles P. Schwartz, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Donald B. Scott Mr. & Mrs. Michael Stern Mr. John Stiglmeier, Jr. Ms. Bonnie Stratton & Mr. Roger Hamstreet Mr. & Mrs. R. Michael Strickland Ms. Barbara Sullivan & Ms. Molly Noonan Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Umbach Mr. Harvard J. VanBelois, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Vaughan Dr. & Mrs. Bruce Warshauer Mr. Richard N. Wintz
Individual - $75 Ms. Sherri Bagnall Ms. Darlene M. Bosking Ms. Laurie Boushie Ms. Heidi H. Braxton Mr. Gilbert Bucholz Mr. Philip Carson Ms. Kathryn A. Caulfield Mr. George H. Diller Mr. Rejean H. Dupre Ms. Nettie Effron Dr. Luis R. Florez Mr. Peter Gentieu Ms. Dianne Golder Ms. Cynthia Hammer Mrs. Jenna Hanssen Ms. Patricia Heydlauff Ms. Marthajane Kennedy Mr. Roy G. Kunnemann Mr. Thomas Lanahan Mr. John L. Lott Mrs. Eleanor G. Major Ms. Pamela May Ms. Wendy G. Maynard Ms. Joan R. McFadden Ms. Sally A. McKean Ms. Barbara T. Missett Ms. Margaret Mormino Ms. Anna Nevtonova Rev. Dr. Barbara H. Nielsen Mrs. Kelly J. Oâ€™Connell Ms. Linda Owen Mrs. Margaret W. Quig Mr. Ronald D. Risner Ms. Karen Roberts Ms. Tresa Marano San Filippo Mr. Ron Shaffer Dr. Frank Sicius Ms. Georgie Skover Mrs. Cecile Stein Ms. Sabina Toriello Ms. Dyanne C. Tosi Mrs. Lois Umbach Dr. Kathleen Valentine Mr. Howard E. Wade Ms. Linda R. Williams
The Museum Store
Amethyst Necklace This beautiful, handmade necklace features a rectangle pendant of amethyst, gold filigree and enamel on 18” strands of purple Czech glass and Guatemala glass beads. Magnetic clasp. $200/$180 (Members)
A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls The
exhibition catalog highlights the women who labored behind the scenes to create the masterpieces now inextricably linked to the Tiffany name. Hardcover. $49.95/$44.96(Members)
Panama Fever Part of the Whitehall Lecture Series. “Panama Fever” draws on diaries, memoirs, letters and contemporary accounts, bringing the experience of those who built the canal vividly to life.
Our Town: An In-Depth Pictorial History of Palm Beach An illustrated pop-up book commemorating 100 years of Palm Beach history. Written by the Flagler Museum Executive Director, John Blades. Hardcover. $24.95/$22.46 (Members)
FEC Train Set Create your own railway with FEC traincars and tracks. This HO scale train set includes 12 pieces of oval track, historic Engine No. 12, a 1906 era log car with logs, tanker car, and caboose. Set produced by the Flagler Museum. All parts manufactured by Bachmann Trains, the most trusted source for quality train sets and accessories since 1833. $175.00/$157.50 (Members)
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Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Upcoming Schedule of Events Music Series Concert - Adaskin String Trio January 10, 2012 7:30 p.m. Tickets $60 The Adaskin String Trio has won over audiences with exuberant and stirring performances. Their performances have been hailed by critics for spontaneity, intensity and charm. The Trio’s concerts have been broadcast by CBC Radio, and National Public Radio. Sponsored by PNC, the Palm Beach Daily News and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.
Music Series Concert - Euclid Quartet January 24, 2012 7:30 p.m. Tickets $60 The Euclid Quartet is one of the most well-regarded chamber ensembles of its generation. Known for performances filled with vibrant color, the Quartet has won many prestigious competitions around the world, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, and the Aspen Music Festival. Sponsored by PNC, the Palm Beach Daily News and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.
Whitehall Lecture Series - First Train to Paradise: The Building of the Over-Sea Railroad Les Standiford - Author and Historian January 29, 2012 3:00 p.m. Building the Over-Sea Railroad remains the most ambitious engineering feat ever undertaken by a private citizen. Seemingly insurmountable obstacles confronted Henry Flagler during the construction, including five hurricanes. Despite everything, the first train pulled into Key West on January 22, 1912. Sponsored by The Palm Beach Post.
Carrère and Hastings: The Master Works Laurie Ossman and Heather Ewing - Authors January 31, 2012 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 Dr. Laurie Ossman and Heather P. Ewing are the authors of “Carrère & Hastings: The Master Works” the definitive book about the works of architects John Carrère and Thomas Hastings. Ossman and Ewing will discuss the legendary architectural partnership that is responsible for many Beaux-Arts masterpieces such as Whitehall (now the Flagler Museum).
Winter Exhibition opens “A New Light on Tiffany: Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls” January 31 - April 22, 2012 Free with Museum admission This ground-breaking exhibition presents new information on the design and production of Tiffany objects, based largely on the recent discovery of the correspondence of Clara Driscoll (1861-1944), head of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department at Tiffany Studios. This exhibition is organized by the N-Y Historical Society. Sponsored by Northern Trust and The Palm Beach Post.
For more information, please call the Flagler Museum at (561) 655-2833 • www.flaglermuseum.us