Lectures

“Wonder Drugs: Coffee, Tea and Chocolate”

Monday, February 27 at 7:00 pm

When coffee, tea and chocolate gained popularity in Europe during the seventeenth century, the brews of foreign beans and leaves were extoled for their miraculous health effects. They were classified at first not as food but as drugs, sold at apothecaries and prescribed by pharmacists and physicians. Medicinal claims for the new hot drinks ranged from aiding digestion and eliminating fatigue to curing leprosy and raising the dead—essentially curing whatever ailed you. Exhibition curator Yao-Fen You explores the miraculous properties assigned to the three beverages through the ages.

Following the presentation guests can sample Ecuadorian Organic Drinking Chocolate and take a guided tour of the Wilson family’s collection of tea and coffee sets from around the world with Meadow Brook Hall’s Director of Curatorial Services, Madelyn Rzadkowolski.

Admission is $15 per person or $13.50 for MBH members

Reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact (248) 364-6252.

 

Tiffany Glass: John Dodge as Patron

Thursday, May 25 at 7:00 pm

In the early 20th century, John and Matilda Dodge, like many industrialists of the time, were significant patrons of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his world-renowned “art glass.” Tiffany Studios glass chandeliers, sconces, lamps, vases and even cabinets filled their Detroit home and Tiffany Studios designed the Dodge’s never-completed Grosse Pointe estate. Meadow Brook Hall Director of Curatorial Services Madelyn Rzadkowolski will explore the family’s deep connection with Tiffany, the extensive collection and how and why the legendary glass was moved to the family’s country estate, but no longer displayed with prominence.

 

Admission is $15 per person or $13.50 for MBH members

Reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact (248) 364-6252.

 

Dodge Brothers: Detroit’s Automotive Geniuses

Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00 pm

The Dodge BrothersIn 1908, John Dodge purchased a 320-acre farm in Rochester, Michigan that would grow into a sprawling country estate with the 110-room Meadow Brook Hall as its centerpiece. The difficulty their cars faced on the sprawling hills and rough dirt roads encouraged John and his brother Horace to stop supplying car parts to Ford Motor Company and instead launch a car able to face any rough terrain- the “dependable Dodge.” Learn more about John and Horace’s rise to success in the Motor City with Meadow Brook Hall Director of Curatorial Services Madelyn Rzadkowolski.

 

Admission is $15 per person or $13.50 for MBH members

Reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact (248) 364-6252.