Event Schedule

The conference will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the 92nd Street Y located at 1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd St., New York City
The conference is open for continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
The event begins at 9 a.m. with opening remarks.

Morning Program

Keynote Speaker:
Beth Wees, Jewelry for America

John Nels Hatleberg, An Affinity for Gems

Elyse Zorn Karlin (mini lecture) The Jewelry of Peter Lindenauer


Jeannine Falino, The Circle and the Line, Over 70 Years of Designs by Betty Cooke

Annamarie Sandecki,
Notably American: Tiffany & Co Jewelry at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle

Lunch on your own

Afternoon Program

Elyse Zorn Karlin (mini lectures) Diamond Jim Brady and The Jewelry of Robert Lee Morris

Tom Herman, Analyzing Plique-a-Jour Jewelry by Marcus & Co. and the Montilja Poppy Project


Lois Sherr Dubin, Floral Journey: Native North American Flower Beadwork

Jonathan Wahl
, Jonathan Wahl, Artist & Director of the 92nd Street Y Jewelry Program

Study Day

Our Study Day, which is limited to only 25 people, will take place on Friday, April 3. It will include a curator’s tour of the exhibition Jewelry for America, currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This will be the last weekend the exhibition is open.

Group Lunch

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden presents the period of the Mount Vernon Hotel which operated from 1826 until 1833.
Constructed in 1799 as a carriage house for a 23-acre estate, and converted into the Mount Vernon Hotel in 1826, this stone building sits on land originally owned by Colonel William Stephens Smith, and his wife Abigail Adams Smith, daughter of John Adams.

This fashionable country resort was popular among New Yorkers who wished to escape the hustle and bustle of the city which at that time extended only as far north as 14th Street. The Hotel advertised itself as “free from the noise and dust of the public roads, and fitted up and intended for only the most genteel and respectable” clientele. In those days, one could take the stagecoach or steamboat up to 61st street and spend the day at the hotel sipping lemonade in the ladies parlor or playing cards in the gentlemen’s tavern.

In 1833, the house became the home for three generations of a New York City family. In 1905, as the area became more industrialized, the building was purchased by Standard Gas Light Company (today’s Con Edison). The Colonial Dames of America, a woman’s patriotic society purchased the building in 1924. After extensive restoration to the structure, the Colonial Dames opened the site to the public in 1939. The building endures as a rare reminder of an important era in New York City’s history.

We will have the "Upstairs, Downstairs: A Social History Tour"

Travel back to the 1820s and 30s when the Mount Vernon Hotel was visited by affluent guests and staffed by working-class New Yorkers. Learn about both the well-to-do ladies and gentlemen, sipping turtle soup in the dining hall, as well as the African American and Irish employees who waited on them.

Our tour will end with a treat of tea and scones.

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