Opening Saturday, February 22nd, from 2PM - 4PM
Saturday, February 22, 2 – 4 p.m. at the Driehaus Museum
(reception with drinks and light hors d’ouevres following)
Sunday, February 23, 2 – 3 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.)
at Levere Memorial Temple, Evanston
The signature event for the Museum’s current exhibition, Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany, will expand on the commemorative aspects of Tiffany’s windows, focusing on the development of war memorials in both America and Europe.
Dr. Jay Winter of Yale University, widely regarded as one of the foremost cultural historians of the First World War’s impact on Europe and a major contributor to the history of memory, will discuss the vital importance of war memorials and the desire and need to memorialize, remember, and heal.
Leading American Civil War scholar and historian Dr. David Blight of Yale University, recipient of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for History for Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (2018), will contextualize memorialization in American society after the Civil War and during the age of Tiffany Studios.
Leading Tiffany scholar Dr. Patricia C. Pongracz of the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, will examine how the Tiffany firms, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, were at the forefront of establishing the appropriate way to commemorate war and the loss of life in war through their ecclesiastical works.
Sunday provides an extraordinary opportunity to explore of one of Tiffany’s most remarkable war memorial commissions, the Levere Memorial Temple in Evanston, Illinois, with these three renowned experts.