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February 26, 2013 > Victorian By Design

Victorian By Design

Submitted By Myron Freedman

When you hear the term "Victorian," what comes to mind? The historic McConaghy House offers a unique opportunity to experience first-hand, a wide collection of objects from the late Victorian period. What makes the study of these objects exciting is the ways in which their design, construction, and imagery convey the priorities of the era. Join us for a special guided tour on Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m., or on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m., with Kevin R. Muller, Ph.D.

Visitors will learn to "read" the visual and design elements of late Victorian objects. They can be interpreted as expressions of the values of those living in late nineteenth-century Hayward, but also Victorians living throughout the United States. Along the way, we will also consider how design principles subsequently changed during the modern period, signaling a shift in cultural and social priorities.

Kevin R. Muller received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and has taught American art at UC Berkeley, Utah State University, and the San Francisco Art Institute. He has also lectured on the collections at the M.H. De Young, Crocker, and Oakland Museums. Muller's research has been supported by fellowships from The American Antiquarian Society, The Smithsonian Institution, and The Huntington Library. His publications span three centuries of American art.

The Hayward Area Historical Society preserves and interprets the diverse history of the Hayward, Castro Valley, and San Lorenzo areas through educational programs, history exhibitions, and the preservation of historic sites and artifacts. Registration is required for this event. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students/seniors (65+), and free for HAHS members.

To register or for additional information regarding "Victorian By Design: The Social and Cultural Meaning of Objects," contact Johanna Fassbender at (510) 581-0223 or visit

Victorian By Design: The Social and Cultural Meaning of Objects
Saturday, Mar 2: 10 a.m.
Sunday, Mar 10: 3 p.m.
McConaghy House
18701 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward
(510) 581-0223
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students/seniors

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