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The Ball That Changed Society

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Colonnade Row

New York, NY 10003

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"I loved learning the backstory of these two women and the motives that drove them. So many parallels to today's world."

"An incredible, history-filled experience! We were greeted with a glass of champagne which set the perfect tone for this true gilded-age tale of excess and extravagance."

In 1883 Mrs. William K. (Alva) Vanderbilt was determined for her family to be accepted into proper society although The Mrs. Astor, the gatekeeper of the exclusive 400, had done everything to keep out the tacky nouveau riche. To her, the Vanderbilts were vulgar and their ostentatious display of wealth were garish and offensive. But after William and Alva built their majestic 'Petit Chateau' at 660 Fifth Avenue, they could no longer be ignored. The Vanderbilts opened their majestic home by throwing an extravagant party and invited New York's leading families. By manipulating the press and the city's elite, Alva masterfully forced Mrs. Astor to accept her and the Vanderbilts into her rarified circle. Join us as we present the details and drama surrounding this ball and learn how gilded age society was consumed by its own excess.

NOTE: There is one flight of stairs to event space.

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