The event offers a rare opportunity to hear from three world-renowned experts who will expand on the role the Tiffany firms played in creating a culture and ethos of commemoration in the United States .
Dr. Jay M. Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University will frame this discussion around the vital importance of war memorials and the desire and need to memorialize, remember, and heal. Dr. Winter is widely regarded as one of the foremost cultural historians of the First World War’s impact on Europe and a major contributor to the history of memory,
Leading expert on the Civil War in historical memory and recipient of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, Dr. David W. Blight, Sterling Professor of History at Yale University, will contextualize memorialization in American society after the Civil War and during the age of Tiffany Studios.
Curator and leading Tiffany scholar Dr. Patricia C. Pongracz, Executive Director of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, will examine how the Tiffany firms, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, were at the forefront of establishing appropriate ways to commemorate war and the loss of life in war through their ecclesiastical and memorial commissions.