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Scholarly Series In Wilton To Explore The Gilded Age

Professor Matthew Warshauer will be one of the speakers in The Gilded Age series.
Professor Matthew Warshauer will be one of the speakers in The Gilded Age series. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. – For the eighth time, the Wilton Historical Society and Wilton Library are partnering on an informative scholarly series about an important era in America’s history, in this case it's the end of the 19th century known as The Gilded Age. 

This series, “The Gilded Age: Culture and Conflict at the End of the 19th Century,” examines a changing nation at a critical juncture. The five-part Sunday series begins Jan. 18 with the last installment on March 22; each lecture is from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Louise Herot and Greg Chann will host the series. Steve Hudspeth and Max Gabrielson will be returning as moderators and will share those duties. Informal receptions will follow each of the talks.

  • Jan. 18, at the Wilton Library: "The Gilded Age: A Familiar but Ambiguous Label for a Period of Rapid Change." The speaker is Ann Greene. Greene is a faculty member and administrator at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of History and Sociology of Science. The lecture sponsor is Lee Wilson, Wilson Properties. Max Gabrielson is the moderator. 
  • Feb. 8 at the Wilton Historical Society: "A Gilded Life: Mark Twain." Colley is a native of Redding and a resident scholar of Redding's Mark Twain Library. He is an authority on Mark Twain and a popular speaker on Twain and on the history of this area of Connecticut. The lecture sponsors are Lila and Wilton Library/2 Buck Griswold with Steve Hudspeth moderating. 
  • Feb. 22 at the Wilton Library: "Race Relations and Politics in the Gilded Age." The speaker is James Goodman. Goodman will examine why the topic of race relations should be discussed and how it informs today’s thinking. Goodman is a professor of history and creative writing at Rutgers University. Lecture sponsors are Chris and Dan Delmar. The moderator is Max Gabrielson. 
  • March 8 at the Wilton Library: "How the Other Half Lives." The speaker is Bonnie Yochelson, formerly Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York, which holds the Jacob A. Riis Collection of Photographs. Elaine Tai-Lauria and Phil Lauria are the sponsors of this lecture with Steve Hudspeth moderating. 
  • March 22 at the Wilton Historical Society: "From Civil War to Revolution: The Rapid Industrialization of America and the Challenges We Still Face." The speaker is Matthew Warshauer. Warshauer received his bachelor's degree in history from Central Connecticut State University and completed his master's and doctoral degrees in American Studies at Saint Louis University.

Registration is highly recommended for this popular series. The lectures are free although donations are always welcome. To register, visit or call the library at 203-762-3950, Ext. 213. 

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