Thanks to the generous support of its members, the Alumni Association of The Victorian Society Summer Schools contributed $23,250 in Summer School scholarships in 2019 for appreciative and deserving students of architecture, decorative arts, design, and museum studies.


Renew your membership and continue our partnership in sharing the appreciation and understanding of Victorian heritage and design with the new class of Summer School participants. Please help repeat this successful effort for this year with your membership contribution.


Enroll By Mail

Please download and print the Membership Enrollment Form and follow the instructions to enroll.


Renew Online

You will be directed to PayPal where you may use your credit card, debit card, or PayPal account. Please write your membership level when prompted; if your contribution exceeds your membership dues, please indicate a Scholarship Fund of your choice.


Your Alumni Association membership includes:

  • Opportunites to participate in the Alumni Association's national and international Study Tour Programs that include exclusive access to historic sites, private homes, and private collections.
  • Invitations to special events nationwide.
  • An invitation to attend the Annual Meeting & Dinner often held in a private home in connection with the VSA's Annual Meeting
  • Publications keeping members informed of activities—only current Alumni Members may submit essays for possible publication.

See the current Newsletter for details.


Please help the Alumni Association maximize its funding for Summer Schools scholarships while saving trees and postage. The Alumni Association will communicate with members by email as much as possible to reduce the cost of mailings. Also, please be sure the Membership Secretary has your current email address.


Membership Secretary Sara Durkacs membership@vsaalumni.org

In Memoriam

The Alumni Association regrets to inform members of the sad passing of notable Alumni Bill Dane, Bill Murtagh, Dudley Brown, Carole Chapman, John Freed, Gwen Koch, Gavin Stamp, Paul Duchscherer, Richard Reutlinger, and Sally Wadsworth.

See all recent Obituaries here.

Missing Alumni

We are eager to find all our Alumni but unfortunately we’ve lost touch with some. 

Please contact Membership Secretary: Sara Durkacs membership@vsaalumni.org if you know the whereabouts of former graduates address.

Alan Brainerd, Holly Burrow, Elise Ciregna, John Engstrom, Elaine Flint, Edith Forman, Jennifer Markas, Leah Moebs, Sarah Nichols, Christine O'Malley, Kelly Schantz, Marissa Stokes, and Mical Tawney.


The Alumni Association attempts to keep members informed by email and other means of digital communications to reduce the costs of printing and mailing.

The Alumni Association attempts to keep members without email access informed of some activities given the constraints of an all-volunteer organization. 

Members without access to email should request a paper copy of these communications. 

Students attending the Summer Schools are encouraged to submit articles and news for publication to the editor.

To learn more, please contact: David Lamdin: president@vsaalumni.org.

Publications Archive



Now in their fourth decade, the Victorian Society in America's Summer Schools are located in Newport, Rhode Island; London, England; and Chicago, Illinois.

These schools provide in-depth study of the multi-faceted architecture and culture of the nineteenth century. The courses include site visits, guided tours, and lectures by leading experts.

Full details on all programs are available online. Visit the Summer Schools web site.

Please email Anne Mallek, Summer Schools Administrator:




Angela Voulanges' experiences at the Newport Summer School


State Staircase, Burgtheater, Ringstraße, Vienna, 1874-88

{Gottfried Semper and Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer, architects.}

Photo credit: www.burgtheater.at/


Since the first Study Tour to Glasgow, Scotland in 1991, the Alumni Association has been running Study Tours biannually to cities with rich architectural histories all over the world.

John Martine, board member, past president and practicing architect, runs the tours with the help of local architects and architectural historians. Alumni are often so grateful for their experiences that they eagerly volunteer to show off their cities and provide access to public and private buildings not generally available to tourists - as well as to some of the best restaurants.

History of Events/Tours

2020: (Fall) Lisbon, Portugal

2018: (October 2-10) Northern Ireland

2016: (September) Vienna and Budapest

2014 (September 15-20): North of England/London School 40th Anniversary

2013 (November 8-16): Havana/Trinidad/Cuba

2012 (December 6-9): Pittsburgh, PA (weekend)

2011 (June 10-20): Rome/Como/Milan, Italy

2009 (October 31-November 8): Buenos Aires, Argentina

2007 (October 24-31): Barcelona, Spain

2005 (September 13-22): Slovenia & Trieste, Italy

2004 (July 25-29): London, England

2003 (October 2-12): Warsaw/Krakow, Poland

2002 (September 22-28): The Netherlands

2002 (December 7-8): New York, NY (Holiday Weekend)

2001 (August 16-20): Montreal, Canada (Long Weekend)

2000 (October 16-23): Prague/Brno, Czech Republic

1999 (June 17-21): Pittsburgh, PA [long weekend]

1998 (September 22-29): Budapest, Hungary

1997 (September 18-25): Ireland

1996 (July 7-13): Decorative Arts/London, England

1994 (September 8-19): Northumberland, England

1992 (August 22-29): Glasgow, Scotland

1991 (June 23-30): Glasgow, Scotland


The Alumni Association holds events, meetings, receptions and fund-raisers year-round, and also co-sponsors events with other organizations to recruit future Summer School participants.

For these events we provide financial assistance, contact information of alumni in the area, and assistance with invitations and brochures, etc.

Co-hosting organizations who are interested will be asked to secure the venue, provide refreshments, nametags, etc., and should invite its members and contacts at local graduate degree programs in historic preservation or those involved with historic house museums and preservation. For further Information contact: David A. Lamdin: president@vsaalumni.org



The Alumni Association of The Victorian Society in America Summer Schools is a Chapter of the Victorian Society in America (VSA) for graduates of The Victorian Society Summer Schools in Newport, Rhode Island; London, England; and Chicago, Illinois

The Alumni Association was founded in 1975 following the first Summer School held in London.



Alumni Association of the Victorian Society Summer Schools 

—A Chapter of the Victorian Society in America—

The Alumni Association is run by volunteer officers and directors, who are elected to serve for three-year terms.  The Annual Meeting and Dinner are held every Spring in connection with the Victorian Society in America's Annual Meeting, often in a private home.

President: David Lamdin | Arlington, VA

Vice President: Bob Chapman | Montclair, NJ

Acting Treasurer: David Lamdin | Arlington, VA

Corresponding Secretary: Jeanne Solensky | Wilmington, DE

Membership Secretary: Sara Durkacs | Brooklyn, NY

Chair of Social Media: James Russiello | New York City, NY

Chair of Member Relations: Sibyl Groff  | New York City, NY

Chair of Finance and Fundraising: Jim Buttrick | Boston, MA

Chair of Nominating: Travis Brock Kennedy | Oxford, UK

Alumni Study Tours: John Martine | Pittsburgh PA


William Cullum | New York, NY

Elizabeth Ann Milnarik | Washington, DC

John A. Martine | Pittsburgh, PA 

Armon White | New York, NY.

If you are interested in serving on the VSA Alumni Association board or getting involved with a committee, or to send news and articles, please contact: David Lamdin: president@vsaalumni.org





  • Support and encourage the national organization of the VSA.
  • Promote the programs of The Victorian Society Summer Schools.
  • Provide opportunities for professional, educational and social interaction of the Summer Schools alumni through study tours, seminars and other activities.
  • To provide consistent scholarship funds for The Victorian Society Summer Schools.
  • To encourage participation in, and a high level of scholarship through attendance at, The Victorian Society Summer Schools.



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