104 Walker St
Lenox, MA 01240
Local historian and author, Cornelia Brooke Gilder, will speak at Ventfort Hall on Saturday, March 5 at 3:30 pm. Using material from her forthcoming book Edith Wharton’s Lenox, Gilder will tell about a tragic sledding accident in Lenox on March 11, 1904. A Victorian tea will follow her presentation and a Q and A session.
When she was pondering the climax of her new novel Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton recalled hearing about a tragic sledding accident six years earlier. Using material from her forthcoming book, Edith Wharton’s Lenox, Gilder will tell about the real accident that happened in Lenox on March 11, 1904. Who were the high school students on the sled? Why did the accident happen? The sled’s navigator, Hazel Crosby, was killed, but what happened to her school friends, the four survivors? How did Wharton incorporate a similar accident into her novel?
Gilder worked for the New York State Preservation Office in Albany and has contributed to a number of exhibitions and publications, including A Walk in the Country: George Inness and the Berkshires for the Clark Art Institute. She co-authored with Richard S. Jackson the two editions of Houses of the Berkshires, 1870-1920 and wrote the book Hawthorne’s Lenox, The Tanglewood Circle. Gilder is a member of the Program Committee at Ventfort Hall and was the co-author with the late Joan Olshansky of A History of Ventfort Hall.
Tickets for program are $22 for advance reservations and $27 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.
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