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Thursday, October 6
Exhibition Lecture
Mark Twain's Journalistic Joking

This lecture by Jennifer A. Greenhill, PhD., Associate Professor of Art History, American Art and Visual Culture, University of Southern California explore the creative possibilities offered by the comic press during the Gilded Age through the work of Mark Twain. Read more

Museum Blog

September 1, 2016
New York's Historic Puck Building
The printing house that issued Puck during its heyday still stands in Manhattan. Read More

Welcome

Stained glass dome at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Steps away from Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the Driehaus Museum offers visitors a fascinating view of one of the few remaining examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America's Gilded Age.

The galleries, elegantly furnished with period pieces selected from the Driehaus Collection, are presented in harmony with the interiors and surviving furnishings, immersing visitors in the original splendor of this late 19th-century home. Read more

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Opening June 25, 2016, With a Wink and a Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age features 74 rare original drawings created for Puck, the satirical magazine of the Gilded Age, as well as published cartoons and over 20 vintage magazines. In 1901, the magazine began offering past drawings for sale as original artworks; those who couldn’t afford them framed full-color centerfolds straight from the magazine. Created by well-known illustrators as well as new talent, these bold cartoons simultaneously reflected and defined the concerns of the Gilded Age, while pushing the boundaries of humor.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
The Museum is open for self-guided visitation during regular hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Read more

News

September 13, 2016
‘Giant Gems of the Smithsonian’ Now Open in Dallas
The exhibition opened last Friday at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and includes a 56-carat amethyst necklace circa 1915 by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Read More

August 13, 2016
The National Historic Preservation Act Commemorates 50 Years
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the NHPA into law on October 15, 1966, to encourage Americans to identify and preserve our nation’s cultural and historic resources. Read More

July 20, 2016
Chicago Tribune's Rick Kogan Reviews With a Wink and Nod: Cartoonists of the Gilded Age
"The show is delightful and spirited and one neatly embellished by two companion exhibits: "Gilded Age Luxury," which features 15 objects drawn from the Driehaus Collection, a gathering of small luxury goods from the period; and "Women of Influence: Chicago's Leading Ladies," with nearly 20 historical images highlighting influential local women of the era." -Kogan Read More

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