Gallery Talks & Programs

Talks, tours, and programs

Don't miss these upcoming talks, tours, and programs in the John L. Wehle Gallery!

2023 Gallery Talks

Included in general admission!

“Being neither man nor woman’: Gender and the persona of the Public Universal Friend” Saturday, May 27 | 2 – 3 p.m. in the Meeting Center 
Join guest lecturer Dr. Paul Moyer (Professor in SUNY Brockport‘s Department of History) for a discussion of the Public Universal Friend. 

Tartan & Plaid Mania!
Saturday, June 10 | 1:30 – 3 p.m. 
Join us in the John L. Wehle Gallery on the first day of our Celtic Faire for an exploration of all things tartan! Hosted by curator Brandon Brooks. 

Silent Seduction: Gendered Fashion Flirtations
Saturday, June 24 | 1 – 2 p.m. 
Meet us in the John L. Wehle Gallery for “Silent Seduction,” a fun look at flirtation in the 19th century! Hosted by curator Brandon Brooks. 

Fashion in Flux: Transitional Fashions of the 1820s An Historical Get-Ready-with-Me        
Saturday, August 26 | 1:30 – 3 p.m. 
Hosted by curator Brandon Brooks. 

Devilishly Delicious Duck Dishes of the 19th Century Canard à la Presse
Saturday, September 30 | 2 -3 p.m. 
On the first day of our annual Agricultural Fair, visit the John L. Wehle Gallery to sink your teeth into a discussion about popular duck dishes and cooking implements from the 19th century. Hosted by curator Brandon Brooks. 

An Orderly Eternal Rest The American Rural Cemetery Movement 
Saturday, October 7 | 2 – 3 p.m. 
Visit the John L. Wehle Gallery (if you dare!) to learn about the rural cemetery movement of the 19th century. Hosted by curator Brandon Brooks. 

Gallery Talks are included with the cost of general daily admission. 

2023 Virtual Lecture Series

Introduction to 19th-Century Fashion

This curator-led series offers beginner students an introductory overview of 19th-century Western fashions for men, women, and children. Each 2-hour module covers roughly 4 decades, beginning in the 1790s and ending just before WWI. Graduates of this complete course will be able to visually identify specific 19th-century fashion eras with their associated silhouettes. This course will educate students on 19th-century garment terminology, the structures and components of clothing, social traditions of dress, and the mechanics behind how 19th-century fashion and garments were created. 

Session 1: 1800 – 1839 
Saturday, July 8 | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

Session 2: 1840 – 1869 
Saturday, September 23 | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. 

Session 3: 1870 – 1900 
Friday, December 8 | 12 – 2 p.m. 

Register for all three sessions, or pick and choose your area of interest!