Preservation Society’s Fall Programs begin Sept. 30; Gilded Age Lecture Series continues

From the Newport County Conservation Society

The Preservation Society of Newport County’s early fall educational offering includes a flower lover’s treat at the Green Animals Topiary Garden and a lecture series on Gilded Age transport at Rosecliff and via Zoom.

On Friday, September 30, from 10:00-11:00 am, Green Animals Chief Horticulturist Dan Christina will present “Dahlias with Dan”, an exclusive tour of the estate’s dahlia garden during peak season. Christina will share tips and tricks on growing this favorite late-blooming flower. Tour is limited to 18 participants and pre-registration is required via Tickets are $10 for Preservation Society members and $15 for non-members.

Transportation is the subject of The Preservation Society’s Gilded Age Fall Lecture Series, beginning Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m. with “The Advent of the Automobile.”

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Other talks in this series include “Night Boats to Newport: Remembering the ‘Floating Palaces’ of the Illustrious Fall River Line” on Thursday, October 20 at 6 p.m. and “The Legacy of the Transcontinental Railroad” on Thursday, October 20 November 3rd. at 6 p.m

Personal attendance at these lectures at the Rosecliff Ballroom is $15 per member, $20 per non-member. Participation via Zoom costs $10 per person. Visit to learn more and register.

In The Advent of the Automobile, experts discuss the rise of the automotive industry from Detroit to Newport. Historian and author Howard Kroplick will share stories of William K. Vanderbilt Jr.’s Newport race and the prestigious Long Island Vanderbilt Cup race. Madelyn Rzadkowolski, curator at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan, will share stories about the Dodge brothers and early auto shows. Robert Signom III, curator of America’s Packard Museum, will reveal the heated exchange that led to the founding of the Ohio Automobile Company.

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