Lyndhurst season kicks into high gear

An updated exhibition, expanded tours and a symposium signal the season kicking into high gear at Lyndhurst.

Our June issue has a story on this year’s edition of “Defying Labels: New Roles, New Clothes,” set to open June 15 and continue through Sept. 24 at Lyndhurst.

Several items new to the National Trust for Historic Preservation Site in Tarrytown will highlight the second staging of this costume exhibition that explores the changes in women’s roles from the 1880s to 1940. The exploration is completed through examples of the clothing and accessories of Helen Gould, Edith Kingdon Gould and Anna Gould, Duchess of Talleyrand, all relatives of Jay Gould, the railroad baron who was in residence at the end of the 19th century.

New to the show will be pieces on loan from a local vintage clothing dealer (who purchased items from Helen Gould’s wardrobe at a tag sale held at the mansion in the 1970s), as well as three items secured by Lyndhurst executive director Howard Zar in a Christie’s auction of Anna Gould possessions held this winter in Paris.

You can visit the exhibit at the conclusion of historic tours of the mansion. Tickets are $16 for adults and tours (which have also been updated) are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. Admission to the exhibition only is $10.

  • In other Lyndhurst news, the site will again host the “Mansions of the Gilded Age Symposium.” The daylong event is set for June 11 and will feature five speakers offering illustrated lectures. The talks will include “Fifth Avenue Châteaux: Fifth Avenue’s Glorious French Mansions During the Gilded Age;” “Three Parlors by Pottier & Stymus;” “The Tiffany Empire;” “The Domestic and Landscape Architecture of Weld – A Gilded Age Country Estate (1887-1948);” and “Art Collecting in the Gilded Age: The Taste of the Gentleman Collector.” A Champagne reception for all participants will follow the final talk. Symposium tickets are $40.

Lyndhurst is at 635 S. Broadway.

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– Mary Shustack


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