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Lecture: “Chromolithography and the Golden Age of Board Games”
Ticket Price: $25 for members, $30 for non-members. The price includes lecture, lunch and choice of a mansion or exhibit tour
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People are now obsessed with games on their smart phones, but there was a time in the late nineteenth century when board games were all the rage. 

This fad will be explored at an upcoming lecture at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum entitled, “Chromolithography and the Golden Age of Board Games”. 

The lecture is being presented by Margaret K. Hofer, Curator of Decorative Arts at the New-York Historical Society. 

 To reserve a seat, please contact the Mansion at 203-838-9799.

Boldly designed and colorfully packaged board games exploded onto the market in the late nineteenth century with the adoption of chromolithography by American game manufacturers.

In this illustrated lecture, Margaret Hofer will consider the games that entertained Americans from the 1840s to the 1920s, focusing on the golden age of the 1880s and ‘90s, when firms like McLoughlin Brothers produced vibrant, sumptuous games for a burgeoning middle-class audience. 

Margaret K. Hofer is Curator of Decorative Arts at the New-York Historical Society, where she has worked since 1993. Hofer has curated numerous exhibitions on topics ranging from colonial carriages to Victorian board games. 

Her publications include The Games We Played: The Golden Age of Board and Table Games (2003).  She received her B.A. from Yale University and M.A. from the University of Delaware's Winterthur Program in Early American Culture.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark located at 295 West Avenue

in Norwalk.  Tours are offered Wednesdays through Sundays, at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.