Let the Frick come to you through a series of themed programs presented at your site. Each program encourages discussion through the use of slides and touchable artifacts.
Beauty, Hope and Intrigue: 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.
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.
Clayton: Henry Clay Frick's Home on Millionaire's Row
Take an armchair tour of Clayton, the Gilded Age home of industrialist Henry Clay Frick and his family. Explore the home’s design and decoration, hear stories detailing how the family used it, and discover its place among other homes that once stood along what many called “Millionaire’s Row” in Pittsburgh’s East End.
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.
In Service: Domestics in the Gilded Age
What was it really like to be domestic worker during the Gilded Age? Viewers of Downtown Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs may enjoy this program, which takes a close look at the daily life of household staff during Pittsburgh’s Gilded Age. Using Clayton, the home of Henry Clay Frick, as a backdrop, this presentation offers a behind-the-scenes perspective of what it took to run the lavish mansions of wealthy American industrialists in Pittsburgh during the late 19th century.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pittsburgh's Gilded Age Conservatories
The greenhouse at The Frick Pittsburgh is a glittering reminder of a bygone era once characterized by such crystal palaces. It and Phipps Conservatory are the last remnants of Pittsburgh's "Golden Age of Conservatories." In this hour-long presentation, Clayton docent and local historian Sue Morris will share images and stories about Pittsburgh's many public and private flower conservatories. These enchanted buildings served many purposes: they were lifestyle statements of the city's fashionable elite; places where drama and romance could play out within glass walls for all social classes; and responses to the worrisome effects of industrialization during the Gilded Age.
Schedule a Program
For further details or to schedule a program contact Lisa Viscusi, Manager of Adult Learning at 412-342-4060 or lviscusi@TheFrickPittsburgh.org.