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Antiques Forum

November 2, 3 and 4, 2017

"From These Honored Walls"

As Mississippi celebrates its bicentennial, and the Natchez Antiques Forum marks its 40th anniversary, explore the Natchez area's rich history and culture through architecture, painting, and the decorative arts.  

Hear from the leading experts about Thomas Cole's "Voyage of Life" paintings and the excellent copies which hang in the grand mansion Stanton Hall in Natchez; learn about preserving historic wallpaper; and gain insights into period architecture and gardens.

Enjoy a tour of the historic churches of Natchez, spanning architectural styles from the Federal and Greek Revival to the Classical Revival, and be inspired by the sounds of music from their organs and singers.  

Platinum Sponsors may enjoy an exclusive  luncheon aboard the luxurious American Duchess steamboat docked at Natchez-under-the-Hill, and Gold and Platinum Guests will partake of an elegant supper prepared by one of Natchez' finest chefs in a privately owned historic antebellum mansion.

Join us for three days of scholarly lectures, tours, fine dining and elegant parties in lavish historic homes plus great sightseeing and shopping in beautiful Natchez on the Mississippi River. 

The Natchez Antiques Forum is sponsored by the Pilgrimage Garden Club with the support of the Pilgrimage Historical Association. Registration proceeds support the preservation of National Historic Landmarks Longwood and Stanton Hall as well as additional preservation projects in the larger Natchez community.

Speakers

"From These Honored Walls"
Daniel Brooks, Director (Retired)
Arlington Historic House
Birmingham, Alabama

"Thomas Cole's 'Voyage of Life' Had a Life of Its Own"
Paul Schweizer, Director Emeritus
Munson - Williams - Proctor Arts Institute's Museum of Art
Ithaca, NY

"William Nichols: an Architect of the Antebellum South"
Paul Hardin Kapp, Associate Professor of Architecture
University of Illinois
Urbana - Champaign

"Gardening in Antebellum Mississippi:  Emma Balfour of Vicksburg"
John Sykes, Executive Director
Magnolia Mound Plantation
Baton Rouge, LA

"From Trash to Treasure:  The Recreation and Reproduction of Historic Wallpaper"
Laura McCoy, Wallpaper Archaeologist and Artist
Laura McCoy Designs Inc.
New Hampshire

Collectors' Panel Discussion:
"The Relevance of Antiques in the IKEA Era"
Discussion to Feature Well-Known Design Professionals and Leaders in the Antiques Trade

Schedule

Thursday, November 2

11:00am
Early Registration begins, Natchez Visitors Center

11:30am
 Platinum Luncheon aboard the luxury steamboat American Duchess. Transportation will be provided departing from Natchez Visitors Center

1:30-4:30 pm
 Thursday Platinum Tour: "Joyful Sounds in Sacred Halls"
the historic and architecturally significant churches and temples of Natchez, featuring the mighty sounds of their organs and voices. 

6:00- 8:00pm
Welcome: A Southern Supper at Longwood

Platinum, Gold and Silver Attendees are invited for an informal harvest-themed supper

Friday, November 38:00 am
Registration begins at The Carriage House Restaurant at Stanton Hall

9:00 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Regina Charboneau, President, Pilgrimage Garden Club
William Bradley, Chairman, 2017 Natchez Antiques Forum

9:15 am
"From These Honored Walls"
Daniel Fate Brooks, Forum Director
Director (Retired), Arlington Historic House, Birmingham, Alabama
 
9:45 am
"William Nichols: An Architect of the Antebellum South"
Paul Hardin Kapp, Associate Professor of Architecture
University of Illinois
Urbana - Champaign
 
10:45 am
Coffee Break & Bookshop Visit

11:00 am
"Thomas Cole's 'Voyage of Life' Had a Life of Its Own"
Paul Schweizer, Director Emeritus
Munson - Williams - Proctor Arts Institute's Museum of Art
Ithaca, NY

12 Noon
Luncheon provided by Carriage House Restaurant

2:00 pm
"From Trash to Treasure:  The Recreation and Reproduction of Historic Wallpaper"
Laura McCoy, Wallpaper Archaeologist and Artist
Laura McCoy Designs Inc.

3:00 pm
"Picturing Mississippi: an Art Exhibition for the Bicentennial"
Jochen Wierich, Ph.D.,  Chief Curator
Mississippi Museum of Art
Jackson, Mississippi

6:30 pm
Gala Supper: "The Natchez Table"
dine in one oof the grand private antebellum houses of Natchez
 
Saturday, November 4


9:00 am
"Gardening in Antebellum Mississippi:  Emma Balfour of Vicksburg"
John Sykes, Executive Director
Magnolia Mound Plantation
Baton Rouge, LA
 
10:00 am
"The Relevance of Antiques in the IKEA Era"
A Collectors' Panel Discussion

All Afternoon

A Farewell Entertainment: "Longwood Afternoon". 

 Insider guided tours by Longwood Curator James Wade will be offered to Forum attendees

Ticket Prices

Silver Package:   Included are the Thursday Autumn Harvest Supper at Longwood, Friday lectures and lunch, tour and drinks at Stanton Hall, Saturday lectures and panel discussion and a ticket to "Longwood Afternoon" with a special  tour of Longwood.   Cost: $325.

Gold Package:  This  Forum package begins Thursday, November 2 with the Autumn Harvest Supper at Longwood,  and includes Friday lectures and lunch, tour and drinks at Stanton Hall, a ticket to "The Natchez Table" Friday night supper, Saturday lectures and panel discussion and a ticket to "Longwood Afternoon" with a special  tour of Longwood.    Cost: $400.

Platinum Package:  This package has been sold out.  This complete Forum package begins Thursday, November 2 with luncheon aboard the steamboat American Duchess. Also included are the Thursday Tour, Autumn Harvest Supper at Longwood, Friday lectures and lunch, tour and drinks at Stanton Hall, a ticket to "The Natchez Table" Friday night supper, Saturday lectures and panel discussion and a ticket to "Longwood Afternoon" with a special  tour of Longwood. Limited Availability.  Cost: $575.

INDIVIDUAL EVENT TICKETS

Thursday Tour:   "Joyful Sounds in Sacred Halls"  Cost: $75.

Friday Supper:  "The Natchez Table"  Cost: $75.

Saturday Panel Discussion:  "The Relevance of Antiques in the IKEA Era" Cost: $30.

  
 
 
 
Friday November 24, 2017