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Tour Leader: Curt DiCamillo
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April 8-13, 2021
Join us this fall on an odyssey to 21st-century Philadelphia, the Athens of America and birthplace of American independence. Accompanied by Curt DiCamillo, historian Jim Mundy, and other experts along the way, we will explore the great treasures of art and architecture that define this city as one of the most important cultural and historical destinations in the United States. Tour highlights include private guided visits to Andalusia, William Strickland’s Greek-revival mansion; Ardrossan, Horace Trumbauer’s Georgian country estate and inspiration for The Philadelphia Story; early 19th-century townhouses on Philadelphia’s most elegant street; the First Bank of the United States; and a national architectural masterpiece: Thomas Ustick Walter’s Girard College. Additional visits include the estates and houses of the Du Ponts and Pitcairns. We’ll end our tour with a farewell dinner at Carpenters’ Hall, meeting place of the first Continental Congress. Our home will be the centrally-located Inn at the Union League, whose Second Empire and Beaux Arts clubhouse combines distinctive history and old world hospitality with delicious local cuisine.
Curt DiCamillo, Curator of Special Collections, internationally recognized authority on English country houses and the decorative arts, joined NEHGS in February 2016 as our first Curator of Special Collections. A longtime member of NEHGS, Curt has led highly successful heritage tours for us to England and Scotland, lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, and taught classes on British culture and art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Curt was previously Executive Director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, where he successfully raised more than $7 million and initiated many innovative programs. As Curator of Special Collections at NEHGS, Curt provides strategic direction and expert guidance for organizing and exhibiting our extensive collection of family history-related artifacts and fine arts.
Jim Mundy is the Historian and Art Curator for The Union League Legacy Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia, where he has worked since 1978. Since then, he has held several positions, including Archivist, Librarian, Curator, and Director of Library & Historical Collections. Jim has lectured and written articles on Union League, Civil War, and Philadelphia history, and has taken League members on tours of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy. He also gives tours on Philadelphia architecture for The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and The Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia. He is an alum of The Attingham Summer School, ’06, and the immediate past president of The Woodlands Cemetery and The Woodlands Trust for Historic Preservation in Philadelphia.
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