The Flagler Museum continues to provide the community with unique experiences and learning opportunities during the 2017 – 2018 Season. Please include the following events and dates in your calendars.
Knights of the Air: Aviator Heroes of World War I
October 17 – December 31, 2017
Included with Museum admission
The first museum exhibit devoted to the image of the World War I pilot-hero, Knights of the Air honors the daredevil pilots who risked everything for the cause at the dawn of aviation. Imbued with a sense of adventure and fierce patriotism, aviators became the face of the War efforts back home. Works of art, souvenirs, postcards, and newspapers celebrated their valiant efforts. After the War, the romance of flight was embodied in new types of daring aviators, such as barnstorming aerial acrobats, air mail pilots, and bootleggers. Popular pulp magazines such as George Bruce’s Squadron and Hollywood films like Wings (1927) capitalized on the appeal of the brave World War I aviator, inspiring many future pilots who would serve America in commercial aviation and future military conflicts.
Organized by the Flagler Museum in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in 1917, Knights of the Air features works of art, artifacts, and printed materials on loan from the private collection of Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf, and other private and public collections.
Guided exhibition tours will be offered Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. beginning October 25. The Flagler Museum will offer free admission to active duty, reserve, and retired U.S. Military each Wednesday for the duration of the exhibition (proper identification required).
On November 11, 2017, the Flagler Museum invites all visitors to participate in a day full of activities that honor and pay homage to our Veterans. On Veterans Day, enjoy special lectures and tours, Honor Guard presentations, and children’s activities. As part of the festivities, Exhibition curator Janel Trull will present an illustrated lecture about Knights of the Air at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The day-long Veterans Day program is included with admission.
The Fall Exhibition is sponsored by the Eliasberg Family Foundation, Templeton & Company, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council, and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Generous in-kind support provided by Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf.
- 1. January 9, 2018 – Tesla Quartet
- 2. January 23, 2018 – Hermitage Piano Trio
- 3. February 6, 2018 – Prima Trio
- 4. February 20, 2018 – Boston Trio
- 5. March 6, 2018 – Henschel Quartett
Masterfully Human surveys the work of Boston School painter and printmaker Ignaz Marcel Gaugengigl (1855-1932), the first museum exhibition devoted to this Gilded Age artist. Gaugengigl’s intimate and evocative depictions of everyday life, often set in revolutionary-era France, convey timeless themes such as honor, friendship, love, and beauty. In addition to his popular genre subjects, the exhibition will present Gaugengigl’s work in landscape, portraiture, illustration, and design.
Free for Members at the Sustaining level and above
$10 for Individual, Family and Life Members
$28 per lecture for non-members
Includes Museum admission
Space is limited, advanced purchase is required
Tracy Kamerer, Chief Curator, Flagler Museum
3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018
Exhibition curator Tracy Kamerer will discuss the career of Ignaz Gaugengigl in this illustrated lecture, examining his work within the contexts of the etching revival, American art, French history, and Gilded Age taste.
Dr. Erica E. Hirshler,
Croll Senior Curator of American Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Ignaz Gaugengigl, known for both his fine paintings and fine manner, was an important member of Boston’s art circles; this illustrated lecture will explore painting in Boston through the work of William Morris Hunt, John La Farge, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Edmund Tarbell, and other contributors to the city’s vibrant artistic scene.
The Winter Exhibition is sponsored by Northern Trust, The Palm Beach Post, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Board of County Commissioners, Palm Beach County, the Tourist Development Council, and the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs.
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Guided by the shrewd money-men in her family, Hetty Green grew up to be one of the most powerful financiers in American history. A businesswoman who transcended the expectations set upon women of her time, she was interested in a diverse array of money-making opportunities such as real estate, railroads, and financial loans. Even as a married woman and mother of two, Hetty Green remained financially independent and amassed a great fortune. Despite yellow journalism’s obsession with the portrayal of her quirky and meager lifestyle, her legacy is not wholly as “The Witch of Wall Street” but rather as the fiercely independent, “Richest Woman in America”.
The 2018 Women of the Gilded Age lecture is sponsored by Susan Stautberg and the Hilton West Palm Beach.
The 33rd Annual Whitehall Lecture Series, Heroes of the Homefront: World War I and the Faces of Wartime America, will commemorate the roles of American soldiers and supporters during World War I. Each lecture promises to provide a unique range of historical perspectives, including those of political and military leadership, the Doughboys on the front lines, minority infantrymen conscripted to battle, and women on the homefront and abroad. Heroes of the Homefront will evoke a new appreciation for America’s participation in World War I and address the ways in which American Culture was changed forever because of it.
When possible, a book signing with the speaker follows each lecture. Online visitors can
experience each lecture via a free webcast at www.FlaglerMuseum.us where visitors may listen live, see the presentation and ask the lecturer questions.
1. February 11, 2018 – March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution
by Will Englund
2. February 18, 2018 – The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their
by Richard Rubin
3. February 25, 2018 – World War I: The American Soldier Experience
by Dr. Jennifer Keene
4. March 4, 2018 – The Second Line of Defense: American Women & World War I
by Dr. Lynn Dumenil
5. March 11, 2018 – Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern
by Dr. Christopher Capozzola
Children are encouraged to bring their own Easter baskets. Every child will receive a Flagler Museum commemorative Easter Egg.
Grandparents Day is sponsored by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Board of County Commissioners, Palm Beach County, the Tourist Development Council, and the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs.