Join a lively presentation with New York Times best-selling author, Carol McD. Wallace on her book: To Marry and English Lord, the book that inspired the popular show Downton Abbey, on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from noon to 3pm at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, Bethlehem PA.
Hear about the glamour and misfortune that greeted some 100+ newly minted American heiresses who, having been snubbed by the Social Register, invaded Britannia to swap dollars for titles. First published in 1989, this book has been reissued for Downton Abbey fans. From their courtships to their welcome (or not) by new in-laws; from their magnificent wardrobes to the even more magnificent jewels they acquired through marriage; and from the pressure to produce an heir, to the affairs that frequently warmed up frigid rooms when husbands were away on expeditions—it’s all here. Carol Wallace has collected photographs and anecdotes into a lively and gossipy talk and PowerPoint presentation, which she has given at historic houses, libraries and museums.
Tickets for Talk, Tea and Tour of the museum: $25 for HBMS Members, $35 for non- members. (Cost of ticket maybe applied to Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites membership that day)