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Read the Room Book Club The Rise of Silas Lapham at Gibson House Museum

Read the Room Book Club: "The Rise of Silas Lapham" at Gibson House Museum

Wed Mar 10, 2021

Read the Room Book Club: "The Rise of Silas Lapham" at Gibson House Museum

Time Wed Mar 10 2021 at 06:00 pm to 07:30 pm

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The Nichols House Museum and Gibson House Museum are excited to announce a new book club!

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The Nichols House Museum and Gibson House Museum are excited to announce a new book club! Inspired by the literary salons hosted in the houses’ parlors, the book club welcomes both those new to the museums and our familiar friends.

The book club will meet twice a season for group discussion followed by a tour of the host museum. Participants can expect to read a mix of Victorian-era and contemporary fiction (and even the occasional volume of poetry), and each month’s book selection will reflect some aspect or theme of the respective museum. Participants will be given a list of discussion questions the week prior to the event, and each event will highlight particular objects or spaces at the host museum that connect to the book. Programs will take place virtually this season; participants will be invited to meet on site when it becomes safe to do so.

Space is limited, and advanced registration is required. Registration is free for Nichols House Museum and Gibson House Museum members and is $12 per meeting for non-members.

We’re thrilled to offer a very special joint membership in conjunction with the book club: join both museums for $60 (a savings of $35) and receive free access to the book club as well as member benefits at both museums! Register and sign up for membership here.

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Winter 2020 - Gibson House Museum Meeting

The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells (1885)

Wednesday, March 10, 2020

6:00-7:30 p.m.

$12 per meeting; free for Nichols House Museum and Gibson House Museum members (details below)

Location: Virtual, via Zoom

Host: Meghan Gelardi Holmes, Curator, Gibson House Museum

From Penguin Random House:

In his story of one of the millionaire industrialists who flourished in the post-Civil War years, William Dean Howells probes the moral and social conflicts that confront a self-made man trying to crash Boston’s old-guard aristocracy.

Would Silas Lapham have been accepted into the “in-crowd,” if the decision were up to the Gibsons? In this book club meeting, we will discuss class and Boston society in the nineteenth century using the book and the interiors of the Gibson House Museum as our guide.

Purchase The Rise of Silas Lapham from your local bookstore or online through the local-bookstore network, Bookshop. An ebook version is free through Project Gutenberg.



Winter 2020 - Nichols House Museum Meeting

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton (1905)

Wednesday, January 20, 2020

6:00-7:30 p.m.

$12 per meeting; free for Nichols House Museum and Gibson House Museum members (details below)

Location: Virtual, via Zoom

Host: Laura Cunningham, Curator of Collections and Education, Nichols House Museum

From goodreads:

First published in 1905, The House of Mirth shocked the New York society it so deftly chronicles, portraying the moral, social and economic restraints on a woman who dared to claim the privileges of marriage without assuming the responsibilities.

Like the novel’s protagonist, Lily Bart, Rose Nichols also possessed an independent character that contradicted the rules of an elite society which she simultaneously enjoyed. In this book club meeting, we will discuss the changing social mores for women at the turn of the twentieth century using the book and the Nichols House Museum collection and interiors as our guide.

Purchase The House of Mirth from your local bookstore or online through the local-bookstore network, Bookshop. An ebook version is free through Project Gutenberg.

Please register separately for this meeting, .



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Non-Member: "The Rise of Silas Lapham" at GHM USD 12
Member: "The Rise of Silas Lapham" at GHM Free
Joint Membership: "The Rise of Silas Lapham," GHM USD 60
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