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Springfield Museums Slate Lectures

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Museums’ monthly tour and lecture schedule for September features the return of the popular Thursday Museums à la Carte lectures after a summer hiatus.

The lectures are held weekly at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring a bag lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413-263-6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include:
• Sept. 10: The American Impressionists at Old Lyme. Jeff Andersen, director of the Florence Griswold Museum, discusses how the small New England village fostered a new chapter in American art history.
• Sept. 17: The Victorian Lady, Dressing from Corset to Gloves! Join performance artist Kandie Carle as she shares her insights into the fashion, lifestyle, manners, and etiquette of the 1890s Gilded Age — while dressing “from the inside out.”
• Sept. 24: Rhodes’ Reflections on Classical Music Appreciation. Kevin Rhodes, music director of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, offers a personal tour of the SSO’s forthcoming 72nd season.

As an added feature, museum docents will be leading guided gallery discussions titled “Continuing Conversations” following lectures on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month (Museums members only). September’s “Conversations” will take place on Sept. 10 and Sept. 24 at 1:30 p.m. (check with Welcome Center for locations).

Monthly walking tours are presented on second Saturdays in collaboration with the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association (AQCA). This year’s tours will revisit Springfield street locations that were photographed by the WPA 75 years ago. On Sept. 12, John Morse, president an publisher of Merriam-Webster, will lead a tour of Federal, Pearl, and Worthington Streets. Walking tours are free for Springfield Museums and AQCA members, $5 non-members, and start at the Museums’ Welcome Center.

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