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Old Japan and the American Gilded Age
Friday, November 15, 2019, 06:00pm - 08:00pm

Late nineteenth-century Americans were fascinated with Japan. Numerous wealthy Americans traveled to Japan beginning in the 1870s, collecting art and artifacts as well as learning about Japanese culture. Many Americans saw Japanese culture as a solution to the excesses and problems of the American Gilded Age. As a result, Japanese art and culture had a strong influence on upper-class American culture. Explore this influence through the Barker Family’s extensive collection of Japanese art and artifacts, much of which has previously closed to the public. See how Gilded Age Americans viewed Japan by looking through the same photographs and books on Japan the Barkers collected in the 1890s. Learn about the Japanese garden the Barkers commissioned for the mansion in 1909. The program consists of a lecture and partial tour of the mansion


The program begins at 6pm CST and lasts two hours. Cost is $2 for General Admission.

Contact the Barker Mansion at 219-873-1520 or visit our website at for more information.