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PAST TRUST EVENTS:

Sandra Smith and Sara White, from Houston, Texas, with Maria Thompson in the background, at the Historic Deerfield exhibit, Into the Woods: Crafting Early American Furniture.


La Princesse de Beauvau-Craon chats with Trust Treasurer Chuck Akre from Hume, Virginia, before she invites Trust members into her beautiful family home, Château d’Haroué, c. 1720.

DECORATIVE ARTS TRUST SYMPOSIUMS

Each year the Trust sponsors two symposiums that combing lectures by leading decorative arts experts with behind-the-scenes tours of heralded museums and noteworthy historic sites and special visits to private collections. The location of the symposiums moves around the country to take advantage of appealing destinations throughout the United States where we have access to great architecture, decorative arts, and history. We work with our Board of Governors, local members, and colleagues in the field to pull together the engaging and entertaining itineraries that have been a hallmark of the Trust since our inception in 1977.

Click on any of the links below to read reviews of our previous symposiums.

2015

The Arts & Architecture of Chicago, April, 2015

2014

Natchez Charms Symposium Participants

Discovering Bermuda

2013

Four Centuries of Furniture In and Around Boston

Amazing Lynchburg

2012

Historic, Preserved and Refined: Charleston Furniture, Architecture and Interiors

Newport Symposium: Brilliant on All Counts!

2011

The Heart of Texas: The Decorative Arts Trust's Fall Symposium

Long Island: From Early Settlement to Gold Coast

2010

Historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire

The Elegance of the Upper Hudson River Valley

2009

Jefferson’s Monticello and Madison’s Montpelier

Winterthur Museum: The Great American Collection

2008

Santa Fe and the Arts of Historic New Mexico

The Washingtons' World: Mount Vernon

2007

Virginia: The First 200 Years

Pittsburgh: Decorative Arts and Architecture from  George Washington to Fallingwater

2006

The Berkshires: Retreat and Escape

Mr Franklin and His Philadelphia

2005

Northern California's Art and Architecture

Baltimore: Filled with Collections and Fabulous Architecture

2004

The Boston Whirlwind: Just About Everything in Boston

The Art and Architecture of Middle Tennessee 

2003

Nantucket Symposium: Nantucket: Island Economy, Architecture and Decorative Arts

New Orleans Symposium: The Arts of France and America Compared

2002

Discover Milwaukee with the Trust,

Spring Symposium at Yale

2001

The Decorative Arts of Norfolk, VA 

The Decorative Arts of Lancaster County 

2000

Coastal North Carolina: A Grand Variety of Style

Annapolis Decorative Arts, Interiors, Landscape: New Research and Discoveries

1999

The Image of Early 19th-Century America: Interiors and Expressions 
Cooperstown, NY

Treasures of Los Angeles: The Getty, The Huntington, The California Experience 

1998

Collections Study: Furniture, Ceramics and Silver at Historic Deerfield 
Deerfield, MA

Capital Collecting
Washington, DC

1997

Furniture in Context
Newport, Rl

Behind the Changing Scene: Objects and Interiors in a New Light 
Williamsburg, VA

1996

Celebrating Cleveland, 1796 - 1996

Charleston: Apex of the 18th-Century

1995

New England Collectors: Their Collections, Houses and Influence
Danvers, MA

Treasures in Philadelphia


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