Our Scholars Lectures will explore a variety of topics related to the history of the Mather Homestead including:

  • Revolutionary Times: the Homestead, built by Deacon Joseph Mather, a devoted preacher and patriot, was raided by the Tories during the Revolutionary War. 

  • 18th and 19th century living: the Mather Homestead was kept within family for over seven generations and largely untouched.  

  • Stephen Mather:  we celebrate the life and legacy of conservationist Stephen Mather, founder of our National Parks Service.  


Victoria Johnson, Thursday, April 8, 7 pm
Victoria Johnson is a former Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library and currently an associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College in New York City, where she teaches on the history of philanthropy, nonprofits, and New York City. She holds a doctorate in sociology from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale.  Her book, American Eden, was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History and a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Non Fiction.  About the book:  "When Dr. David Hosack tilled the country’s first public botanical garden in the Manhattan soil more than two hundred years ago, he didn’t just dramatically alter the New York landscape; he left a monumental legacy of advocacy for public health and wide-ranging support for the sciences. A charismatic dreamer admired by the likes of Jefferson, Madison, and Humboldt, and intimate friends with both Hamilton and Burr, the Columbia professor devoted his life to inspiring Americans to pursue medicine and botany with a rigor to rival Europe’s. Though he was shoulder-to-shoulder with the founding fathers―and even present at the fatal duel that took Hamilton’s life―Hosack and his story remain unknown. Now, in melodic prose, historian Victoria Johnson eloquently chronicles Hosack’s tireless career to reveal the breadth of his impact. The result is a lush portrait of the man who gave voice to a new, deeply American understanding of the powers and perils of nature."
Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky,  Thursday May 6, 7 pm
Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky is an expert on the presidency, the cabinet, and government institutions. She is currently Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College and Senior Fellow at the International Center for Jefferson Studies. Previously, she was a historian at the White House Historical Association and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. She received her B.A. in history and political science from the George Washington University, and completed her masters and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. She is the author of the award-winning The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, which was published by Harvard University Press on April 7, 2020. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, USA Today, The Hill, CNN, Governing Magazine, TIME, and more. When she’s not writing, researching, or speaking about history, she loves to hike with her husband and her dog, John Quincy Dog Adams.    


Gordon Wood, Friends Divided:  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 6:30 pm

Gordon Wood, Professor Emeritus for the History Department of Brown University and Pulitzer Prize winner, discussed his most recent book Friends Divided:  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to a sold out audience.  Little trivia fact ... Professor Gordon Wood was mentioned by Matt Damon in the film "Good Will Hunting"!  

Harold Holzer, Lincoln and the Press:  Fake News 19th Century Style
Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm
The Mather Homestead welcomes esteemed academics of American History for lectures.  On , the Homestead welcomed Harold Holzer, scholar of Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the American Civil War Era.  He won the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize and four other awards in 2015 for his book, Lincoln and the Power of the Press.  His topic:  "Lincoln and the Press:  Fake News 19th Century Style".  Stay tuned for information on our next event. 

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19 Stephen Mather Road, Darien, CT  06820

Mailing address:  PO Box 1054, Darien, CT  06820, 203-202-7602

"He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be

developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done."            

-Louis C. Cramton, referring to Stephen T. Mather (1867-1930)