Virtual Programs in April

March 19, 2021

Connect with National Trust Historic Sites from across the country with a selection of virtual events, exhibitions, and opportunities in April 2021.

Featured Events

Touro Synagogue
The State of Anti-Semitism Today and AJC's Global Jewish Advocacy
Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Join Touro Synagogue Foundation for the first program of its 2021 Judah Touro Lecture Series. In this time of a new rising tide of anti-Semitism, David Harris, CEO of the American Jewish Committee, will discuss the role organizations, large and small, can play in working together to address this dark and dangerous trend. He will share what the AJC is doing to counter all forms of anti-Semitism—not just in America, but around the world.

Kykuit
Rene D’Harnoncourt and the Art of Installation with Michelle Elligott, MoMA
Wednesday, April 7 at 5 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

The Pocantico Center presents its virtual 2021 spring forum, Rene D’Harnoncourt and the Art of Installation with Michelle Elligott, Chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Michelle will discuss her new book, named one of The New York Times' Best Art Books of 2018, and D'Harnoncourt's visionary approach to installing exhibitions as MoMA's director from 1949 to 1968. The discussion will be moderated by Katrina London, Manager of Collections and Curatorial Projects at The Pocantico Center.

Montpelier
Virtual Book Club: Gretchen Sorin’s Driving While Black
Thursday, April 8 at 7 p.m. ET
$10 to attend; registration required

Read along with Montpelier and acclaimed historian Gretchen Sorin, author of Driving While Black. Sorin reveals how the car—the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility—has always held particular importance for African Americans. It allowed Black families to evade the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and to enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road. Interwoven with Sorin’s family history and enhanced by dozens of little-known images, Driving While Black charts how the automobile fundamentally reshaped African American life and provided a new view onto one of the most important issues of our time.

Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios
Historic Artists' Homes & Studios Virtual Road Trip: The David Ireland House
Thursday, April 15 at 4 p.m. MT
Free to attend, registration required

Take a virtual road trip across the United States to explore unique and wholly original historic artist homes and studios. The second stop of this six-part virtual journey explores the late, pioneering conceptual artist, David Ireland. Peek into Ireland's house to explore the nearly 34-year-long project that both inspired and later became known as Ireland's most significant work of art: 500 Capp Street. Tour the present-day site, revealing Ireland's artistic philosophy, and discover the exhibitions and programs that celebrate David Ireland's legacy today. Fueled by the James Castle House and the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios (HAHS) program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum
Lower East Side Tenement Museum Gala: Rebuild, Retell, Renew
Thursday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Free, donations appreciated; registration required

Attend the Tenement Museum’s first ever virtual gala for all. Everyone is invited to register for this epic program exploring how we will Rebuild and strengthen our beloved tenements with our historical preservation project, Retell our histories with a new permanent exhibit on the story of Black New Yorkers in Lower Manhattan, and Renew our connection to our mission and to you, our Tenement Museum community, as we honor the 4,000 donors who helped us survive the pandemic shutdown.

Other Upcoming Events

Belle Grove
Revealing the Life of Belle Grove’s Mistress Ann Maury Hite
Tuesday, April 6 at 12 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Decatur House/WHHA
History Happy Hour—A Closer Look at President Franklin Pierce
Thursday, April 8 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Free Facebook livestream event

White House History Live—The Rise of America’s Founding Father
Tuesday, April 13 at 5 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

History Happy Hour—White House Gardens of Camelot
Thursday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Free Facebook livestream event

Drayton Hall
Webinar: Nighttime on the Plantation
Thursday, April 1 at 5 p.m. ET
Donate what you can; registration required

Webinar: Drayton Hall and the Civil War
Thursday, April 8 at 5 p.m. ET
Donate what you can; registration required

Webinar: A Tale of Two Draytons: New Perspectives on the Denmark Vesey Conspiracy
Thursday, April 15 at 5 p.m. ET
Donate what you can; registration required

Virtual Book Club—101 African Americans Who Shaped South Carolina
Tuesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. ET
Donate what you can; registration required

Webinar: Using Architectural Paint Analysis to Help Decipher Historic Buildings
Thursday, April 22, at 5 p.m. ET
Donate what you can; registration required

Montpelier
Constitutional Toolkit Series: Interacting with Law Enforcement
Tuesday, April 6 at 7 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Constitutional Toolkit Series: Challenges to the Constitution
Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Constitutional Toolkit Series: The Right to Vote
Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Oatlands
Learn to Paint Pet Portraits with Ally Morgan
Saturday, April 10 at 10 a.m. ET
$100; registration required

President Woodrow Wilson House
Rebecca Boggs Roberts with Heath Hardage Lee—Edith Wilson: Brave, Beautiful, and Complicated
Tuesday, April 13 at 12 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Villa Finale: Museum & Gardens
Explore Staff Favorites from the Villa Finale Collections
Thursday, April 8

The Life and Work of Texas Artists Julian Onderdonk and Mary Bonner
Tuesday, April 12

A Look at a Victorian Music Box for National Poetry Month (Spanish language program)
Monday, April 19

Celebrate Lawn & Garden Month with Found Object Art
Thursday, April 22

Woodlawn Manor
The Enslaved Community at Woodlawn
Thursday, April 8 at 12 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

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