From the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s palace in Croatia to Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast, historian and raconteur Curt DiCamillo will lead a romping, fascinating tour through Scottish history using architecture and great houses as his guide. Some tales are about eccentric owners, like the 3rd Marquess of Bute, who built Mount Stuart, a massive 19th century Gothic revival masterpiece on a remote Scottish island, while other stories highlight fabulous houses still in private hands, including Glamis Castle, the ancestral home of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and Drumlanrig Castle, owned by the Duke of Buccleuch and home to the only Leonardo Da Vinci painting in the world in private hands. This wide-ranging lecture will paint a rich story of Scotland that will leave you breathless. Kidnappings, bloody battles, and cannibalism – these, together with glittering silver, timeless portraits, and some of the world’s finest Chippendale furniture, all play parts in this fast-paced and unique compilation of Scottish history. Only Scotland could offer such a tale!
Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM
Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060
Enjoy the fall foliage of the Brandywine Valley as we visit the DuPont estates of Winterthur and Nemours as part of the four-night itinerary planned for a trip to Philadelphia. We'll have guided tours of historic homes, docent-led visits to the Barnes Collection and other museums, plus free time to explore the highlights of the city. The package includes welcoming cocktails and dinner aboard the Moshulu at Penn's Landing, accommodations at the Franklin Hotel at Independence Park with daily breakfast, all guides and motor coach transportation, two lunches and one dinner. A donation to Decorative Arts Trust is included in the tour price of $2,714 per person, double occupancy. Single room supplement is $705. For additional information, email Marsha Strickland (email@example.com) or Terry Beaty (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Few could imagine when the Sears company closed its last operation at its Crosstown location in 1997 that the giant behemoth of a building would later become the largest re-development project in the city of Memphis. Opened to much fanfare in 1927, the building will complete its rebirth in the year of its 90th anniversary. Decorative Arts Trust members will celebrate the occasion with a guided tour and party in the Grand Concourse of the main building. Please note: Due to the number of guides required for each small group, no guests may attend.
Location: Watkins at Cleveland Streets
Contact: Nancy Willis, 483-4200