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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 Queen 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

Platinum Luncheon
aboard the luxury steamboat American Queen, docked at Natchez-Under-the-Hill (seating limited)

Thursday 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

Welcome Supper at Longwood

Friday, November 3

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

"Art in Mississippi 1817-2017"
Jochen Wierich, Visiting Curator
Mississippi Museum of Art
Jackson, Mississippi

Luncheon at Stanton Hall

"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

Gala Supper: "The Natchez Table"
dine in one of four of the grand private antebellum houses of Natchez, with New Southern Cuisine prepared by one of  the great chefs of Natchez

Saturday, November 4

"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.

"The Relevance of Antiques in the IKEA Era"
A Collectors' Panel Discussion

A Farewell Entertainment: "Longwood Afternoon"

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 complete Forum package begins Thursday, November 2 with luncheon aboard the steamboat American Queen. 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.