Lectures

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

In 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.

 

These lectures are part of the Smart Towns program

Smart Towns is a lifelong learning program for everyone in the community led by educational organizations in Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township, Michigan. The Smart Towns ‘partners’ work together to provide a unique series of programs exploring one theme or topic for one year. Lectures, presentations and courses introduce the participants to all aspects of the topic and are presented by experts in their respective fields of study.