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

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By The Preservation Society of Newport County

The Preservation Society of Newport County’s educational offerings for early autumn will include a treat for flower lovers at Green Animals Topiary Garden and a lecture series on Gilded Age transportation at Rosecliff and via Zoom.

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

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

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

Attendance to these lectures in person in the Rosecliff Ballroom is $15 per member, $20 per non-member. Attending via Zoom costs $10 per person. Visit to learn more and to register.

In “The Advent of the Automobile,” expert panelists will discuss the rise of automobile industries from Detroit to Newport. Historian and author Howard Kroplick will relay stories of William K. Vanderbilt Jr. racing in Newport and the prestigious Vanderbilt Cup Race held on Long Island. Madelyn Rzadkowolski, Curator at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan, will share stories about the Dodge brothers and early car shows. Robert Signom III, Curator of America’s Packard Museum, will reveal the heated exchanges that resulted in the creation of the Ohio Automobile Company.

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