Lecture Tours, 2013

Lecture Tours, 2013

Tower of London cake

Historic Royal Palaces Inc. has had an exciting series of events and lecture tours across the USA in 2013, one that included a rather large cake..

HRP Inc. honoured charity by Smith Valliere

On Saturday 9 March 2013, award-winning law firm, Smith Valliere PLLC held their 'Spring Fling' at 230 5th Avenue, where they did Historic Royal Palaces the honour of being recognised for their work in the fields of conservation and education.

Over 250 guests gathered to enjoy the views of Manhattan, to eat the larger cake in the form of the White Tower and to meet Yeoman Sergeant Bob Loughlin, who regailed them with his 'tales of the Tower' and what it meant to be a member of the Yeoman Body at HM Tower of London. The story of the Tower's resident elephant, in the time of the royal menagerie, was particularly well received!

Members of the American Patrons of Historic Royal Palaces Inc were also present, as were some of our honorary members and partners, such as St George's Society and the Royal Oak Foundation.

This event formed part of Historic Royal Palaces Inc's ongoing efforts to reach out to its friends and supporters in the USA and we could not be more grateful to Mark Smith, Tim Valliere, Noelle Kowalczyk and all of the team at Smith Valliere for making us feel so welcome and for honouring us in this way.


 Kensington Palace Revealed, Spring Lecture Tour

During the Spring Historic Royal Palaces' prominent Curator of Historic Buildings, Dr Lee Prosser, traveled around the United States of America as the honored South West representative of the English Speaking Union's 'Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program'.

Named in honor of the English Speaking Union's founder, the program sends eight eminent British and American speakers across the country each year to the English Speaking Union branches who host their presentations.

Lee Prosser's demanding scheduled included 11 cities in under 3 weeks. The Tour began on April 6th in Oklahoma City and from there, Lee took in Tulsa, Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston (Lee Prosser in the USAin a joint event with the Houston Museum of Fine Arts), New Orleans, Monroe and Shreveport. And if that wasn't enough, Lee then travelled to Boston for an event with the British Society, hosted by HRP USA Board Member, Lewis Allen, and then straight onto New York for a grand finale, hosted by Historic Royal Palaces and Hearst Corporation at Hearst Tower on 8th Avenue.

He delighted all of the branch audiences on the subjects of Kensington Palace Revealed; Secrets of the Royal Palaces, and Eighteenth-Century Kitchens and Royal Eating and was exceptionally well received.

As ever, we wouldn't be able to mount such ambitious programmes without the support of our friends and champions in the USA. They include: the Board of Directors of Historic Royal Palaces Inc. (USA); The English Speaking Union of the United States; The Royal Oak Foundation; The Daughters of the British Empire in the State of New York; St George's Society of New York; Hearst Corporation; Savoir Beds; Harneys Tea; Smith Valliere Law; Visit Britain; and many others! Thank you all!

                                                 Education. Scholarship. Understanding. 


 Shelly Dickson Carr at the Tower of London

On Monday 30 September 2013, Historic Royal Palaces Inc were pleased to host Ripped - a Jack the Ripper Time Travel Thriller book reading and reception at HM Tower of London.

Guests were welcomed at the gates of the Tower and escorted by Yeoman Warders to the reception, who regaled them with the terrible but true stories of bloodshed and murder within the walls of the Tower. Author, Shelly Dickson Carr entertained guests with her theories of the notorious Jack the Ripper case and read passages from her book inspired by the Tower of London. 


 At the King's Table: Royal Dining Through the Ages, Fall Lecture Tour

In October Susanne Groom traveled to New York, Philadelphia and Chicago with the Royal Oak Foundation to delight audiences on royal dining and etiquette. The lectures also promoted her latest book At the King’s Table: Royal Dining Through the Ages, published by Merrell and released this month.
Susanne Groom
On Monday 7th October Susanne commenced her lectures with a sell-out event in The Grolier Club, New York City, followed by Philadelphia, in the beautiful Union League to an overwhelming audience of 200 people. On the last day, Susanne gave her fond farewell at The Newberry Library in Chicago to a more intimate but just as enthusiastic audience.

At the King's Table:Royal Dining Through the Ages is available to purchase online.


For more information about future Lecture Tours and events, or to become an American Friend or Patron please contact the Development Department on +44 (0) 20 3166 6321 or email HRPInc@hrp.org.uk

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