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Collecting in Victorian America: The Great Divide of the Gilded Age Reception

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

295 West Ave
Norwalk, CT 06850

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In the 19th century, well before the invention of the Internet, Americans used “leisure time” for a variety of pastimes, one of which was collecting. People obsessed over crazes that swept society—travel, geology, shells, and “orchidelirium,” to name a few, which were diversions from work and the grim realities of the era but also a way to expand on a newfound understanding of the world. Collecting was a serious business; and in time, improved standard of living, transportation technology, manufacturing, and the rise of consumerism enabled Americans across gender and class, to participate in the science.

Thursday, 12 July, 2018

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Melissa Feliciano

Phone: 2038389799
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