Gilded Age Scandals focuses a spotlight on the scandalous behavior and intrigues of the very rich at the turn of the century. Staatsburgh’s owners, Ruth and Ogden Mills, were models of respectability, but the transgressions of their friends shocked and titillated Edwardian Society. Stories of sex, murder and money were not only whispered in the drawing rooms but published in the newspapers of the day.
We’ll discuss celebrity murders, heiresses for sale, and scandals that reached as high as the King of England and the President of the United States. Stories of misbehavior feature a monkey in the formal dining room, arsenic in the clam chowder, and the tale of the famous Society figure who told his distraught bride on their wedding night, “Your money is your only asset in my eyes.”
Don Fraser is the educator at Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion), where he develops and presents educational programs for students and special tours for the public. He previously worked at Clermont, Washington’s Headquarters, and Fort Montgomery State Historic Sites.
Come join us! This free program will be presented at the Greenport Community Center, Town Hall Drive, Hudson NY (last building on the left). Refreshments offered after the program.