Adult Outreach

Art and History Travels

This is a series of themed programs presented at retirement centers, senior care facilities and community groups. Each program takes place at your site and encourages discussion through the use of slides and touchable artifacts. If you’d like, you may combine your program with a custom-designed tour of Clayton, the Car and Carriage Museum and/or The Frick Art Museum.

To schedule, contact Laura Ainsley, assistant curator of education, adult programs, at 412-342-4060, or at


The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition
What do Ragtime, the Ferris wheel and George Westinghouse have in common? They all helped to make the nation come alive during the grandest fair in the world. Through this dynamic presentation, the Frick looks back at the fair that defined the Gilded Age as well as set the stage for a new century—the World’s Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893. Learn what made the fair so significant and how it forever altered the nation. Along the way, discover its many surprising ties to Pittsburgh.

Cemetery Tales: Pittsburgh’s Buried Art and History
This program highlights Pittsburgh’s picturesque cemeteries and explores the history of burial grounds in the United States and how they transformed into revered and oft-visited park-like spaces. Colorful slides show the evolution of the art and design of tombstones and memorials, and equally colorful vignettes tell the stories of the notable and interesting Pittsburghers who lie beneath them.

Clayton: Henry Clay Frick’s Home on Millionaire’s Row
Take a virtual tour of Clayton, the Gilded Age home of industrialist Henry Clay Frick and his family. Explore the home’s design, hear stories detailing how the family used it, and learn about its place among other homes that once stood along Millionaire’s Row in Pittsburgh’s East End.

Fabulous Faberge
From jewelry to pillboxes to animal figurines to page turners, the House of Faberge produced a wide array of elegant objects treasured by patrons and collectors. With high resolution images, this presentation offers a study of some of these works, and with historic artifacts, it allows for perusal of other elegant objects prized by people throughout the years, inviting discussion on the personal value we place on our own treasured objects.

From Horse and Carriage to Horseless Carriage
In the early years of the 20th century, carriages and cars shared the road in Pittsburgh. Images from the Frick’s Car and Carriage Museum provide a look at the transformation of travel during that era, while touchable historic objects offer participants firsthand examination of some of the trappings of transportation from long ago.

The Homestead Steel Strike
A seminal event of the era, the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892 changed the face of labor for decades. Examine the events and the players in this drama of American industrial history: Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Carnegie and the union laborers of the Carnegie Steel Company.

Love Stories and Flirtations: Victorian Courtship Traditions
The Victorian era was time when the rules of courtship were elaborate and many. Through works of art, photographs, etiquette books, and the pages of turn-of-the-century women’s magazines, learn what it was like to fall in love during this unique period in history.

Staying Well in the Gilded Age
If you got sick, accidentally injured yourself or just plain didn’t feel well in the 19th century, your health care options were limited. Your options were, nevertheless, interesting. From folk remedies to controversial treatments, learn the many ways our ancestors sought to cure what ailed them.

Upstairs, Downstairs: In Service in the Gilded Age
What was it really like to be domestic worker during the Gilded Age? Using Clayton, the home of Henry Clay Frick, as a backdrop, this presentation looks behind the scenes at what it took to run the lavish mansions of wealthy American Industrialists.

Victorian Holiday Traditions
Do you know when the first Christmas card was sent or why many people keep a bucket of water handy when they lit their Christmas trees? Explore the origins of these and many other Victorian holiday traditions.

The Victorian Parlor
This program gives participants the opportunity to spend an hour in another time, exploring the history and etiquette of entertaining guests with tea and parlor games—a practice that became supremely popular during the Victorian era. Participants will learn to speak the intriguing “language of the fan” and have the opportunity to engage in a few parlor games themselves.

A Well-Appointed Table: Dining at the Turn of the Century
It has been said that dining is the privilege of civilization. A person’s standing in turn-of-the-century society could be measured by the way they took their meals. This presentation takes a look at the ritual act of eating across cultures while paying special focus to America’s Gilded Age—a time when dining reached a pinnacle of refinement.

Land of Abundance: Pittsburgh and the American Garden
Through this colorful presentation, learn about the history of gardening in America and in the region. From early explorers to our presidents to Pittsburghers like the Frick family, discover how, through our love of gardens, we quite literally have cultivated the American dream.

For further details or to schedule a program
Please contact Laura Ainsley, Assistant Curator of Education, Adult Programs.
Phone: 412-342-4060

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