'Million Dollar Princesses: Vows of Power from Gilded Age to Today' Webinar
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Between the late 19th and early 20th century, more than 200 fabulously wealthy young women left American shores to marry members of the European aristocracy and become Duchesses, Countesses, and Marchionesses. Rather than romantic tales of true love though, these glamorous marriages were often more about an exchange of money, title, and prestige. From tales of lust, triumphs, and traumas set against the dramatic backdrop of the great gilded mansions and ancestral palaces from New York to the English countryside, it's time to explore the arranged marriages of the highest social class — a vow based not on love, but power.
Join New York Adventure Club as we delve into the stories of arranged marriages between American high society and European royals between the Gilded Age and modern day — marriages that were often filled with scandal, gossip, and greed.
Led by writer and social historian Carl Raymond, our deep dive into the legacy of these American heiresses and European dukes and princes will include:
-The surprising explanation behind why so many 19th- and early 20th-century British and European aristocrats were so desperately trying to court American women from the country's wealthiest families
- Stories of real-life American princesses such as Jennie Jerome (the mother of Winston Churchill) and Consuelo Vanderbilt, along with secrets of scandalous affairs, illegitimate unions, tales of finding true love
- Details of the sumptuous dinners and grand balls in the courts of Napoleon III and Empress Eugene in France — plus, the Prince of Wales (Queen Victoria's son) who was Britain’s most notorious playboy
-The story of lesser known American heiresses who brought American blood to modern day royals such as Princess Diana, whose great-grandmother was the daughter of wealthy American stockbroker
-An intimate look inside some of the most beautiful European palaces and country houses that became associated with these aristocratic families
-A brief discussion of Modern American women who found themselves married to aristocrats and royals including Kathleen Kennedy (JFK's sister who became the Marchioness of Hartington) and Grace Kelly, whose fairy tale wedding captured the world as she became the Princess of Monaco
Afterward, we'll have a Q&A session with Carl — any and all questions about these high society marriages are welcomed and encouraged!
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Carl Raymond is a licensed New York City tour guide, food historian, writer, and museum educator. He has worked at the Merchant's House Museum as well as King Manor Museum in education and programming. Carl has lectured for the Royal Oak Foundation, Merchant's House Museum, National Arts Club, Metropolitan Opera Guild, St. George's Society, Historic Royal Palaces and the English Speaking Union. He was a contributing writer on SAVORING GOTHAM: A Food Lover's Companion to New York City, ed. Andrew Smith (Oxford University Press) and is at work on his own book, A Culinary History of the Gilded Age.
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