This illustrated talk takes us into some of the grandest rooms ever created in this country…a world away and yet so close! Fancy tea in a Chinese teahouse? Not a problem for Mrs. Alva Vanderbilt. Need a spot for 200 dinner guests? Easy, if your home is The Breakers. Join us on an armchair tour of a few of the finest houses in America.
Mary C. Woodward has spent more than 40 years in the museum and historic home business, having earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Art History. She has worked at large, comprehensive collections such as the Cleveland Museum of Art and tiny properties like the 17th century log cabin that was the birthplace of President James K. Polk. Each opportunity has been an interesting and memorable experience.
Since moving to Massachusetts in 2010, Mary has worked at The Old Manse in Concord, MA, the Concord Museum and now Historic New England, previously as Lead Guide at the Gropius House in Lincoln and currently as Lead Guide at the Winslow Crocker House in Yarmouth Port. For six years, she established and managed the Gallery at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, an exhibition space for local artists. In the last few years, she’s enjoyed taking art history talks on the road to various libraries and retirement communities. When she’s not at work, she’s in her yard, pretending to garden.
Armchair Travels is generously funded with a gift from the Rutherford Family Trust.