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Transformative Conservation: Returning the Whitehall Dining Room Furniture to its Original Grandeur

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by F. Carey Howlett, Conservator
December 11, 2019, at 3:00 pm

Free for Members, Sustaining level and higher
$10 for Members, Individual and Family level
$28 for Non-members
Includes Museum admission

carey howlett webWhitehall’s original ca. 1900 French Renaissance-style dining room furniture, the work of the noted New York firm of Pottier and Stymus, passed through several owners before its fortunate reacquisition by the Flagler Museum in 2018. F. Carey Howlett will speak on the discoveries made during research and examination of the furniture as well as the massive, multi-faceted project by F. Carey Howlett & Associates to conserve the furniture for its return to the Whitehall dining room. From start to finish the project took over a year, and the results of this transformative conservation will provide visitors to Whitehall with amazing insight into the artisanry and skill of the designers, cabinetmakers, upholsterers, and finishers who helped to furnish Henry Flagler’s Palm Beach home.

Marjorie Merriweather Post: The Life Behind the Luxury

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by Estella M. Chung, Author
February 18, 2020, at 3:00 pm

Free for Members, Sustaining level and higher
$10 for Members, Individual and Family level
$28 for Non-members
Includes Museum admission

EstellaChung author photo“The Life Behind the Luxury” is the new biography of Marjorie Merriweather Post. As the owner of Postum Cereal Company, and later a director of General Foods Corporation, Post capably created and managed a 20th-century life of luxury. While her good works made the news during times of war and economic crisis, it was not Post’s ability to read a spreadsheet for which was often noted in newspapers and magazines. Instead, her social gatherings, clothes, four marriages, four divorces, and her father’s suicide got more ink. Her life was syndicated news. Author Estella M. Chung goes further, however, in revealing Post to be an astute business executive, a deeply caring and generous humanitarian, and a committed philanthropist.