Saturday, October 24, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
We hope you will enjoy this four-part blog post which continues the story of this spellbinding holiday.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Today, October 13, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Ruth Livingston Mills, the long-time matriarch of Staatsburgh, born in 1855. Ruth’s legacy can be found in her descendants, the preservation of her Staatsburgh mansion, and the surrounding park that bears her name. Upon announcing her death, The New York Times reported, “Since the death of Mrs. William Astor no leader of New York society has more nearly approached the position of social arbiter than Mrs. Mills. Her characteristics as a hostess never altered; she did not believe in easily letting down the bars to newcomers or to new methods and manners of entertaining, one critic of her small invitation list during a certain Newport season asserting that she was determined to reduce the ‘400’ to ‘150.’”
A September 12th article in a Pittsburgh newspaper reported that Mrs. Ogden Mills was due to spend the late autumn at Staatsburgh though she was currently in Paris with her daughter, the Countess of Granard. Mr. Mills was on his way to join her. Alas, Mrs. Mills was never again going to welcome guests to her beloved Staatsburgh.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Friday, August 28, 2020
|Essay author David Bayne|
Thursday, July 2, 2020
|Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, England|
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
|A 1975 photograph of the butler's pantry showing the Vichy bottle cabinet.|
Friday, May 8, 2020
As in Parts I and II, this essay will start with acknowledging the primary source for the Tea Talk, the delightful book, Last Dinner on the Titanic: Menus and Recipes from the Great Liner, by Rick Archbold and Dana McCauley. Featuring sound scholarship, good writing, and beautiful illustrations, the book is a great read.
Thursday, April 23, 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
The primary source for the talk was the delightful book, Last Dinner on the Titanic: Menus and Recipes from the Great Liner, by Rick Archbold and Dana McCauley. Featuring sound scholarship, good writing, and beautiful illustrations, the book is a great read.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
|Dr. Christopher Brellochs|
Saturday, March 28, 2020
|Winthrop Rutherfurd, circa 1895|
His three best-known loves span different eras of his life, but there were also probably countless others that never became public record. How many women succumbed to the charms of Winthrop Rutherfurd? We may never know....
Friday, February 28, 2020
|Chinese Ming-Style figure, c. early 19th century.|