Ph.D. Candidate Presents “Laced Up in Love: A Tale of Two Weddings” at the Morris County Historical Society

Join Drew University Ph.D. candidate Nicole Rizzuto as she describes the late 19th century marriages of Acorn Hall’s Mary Crane to John Hone IV and Florence Vanderbilt to Hamilton Twombly in her presentation, “Laced Up in Love: A Tale of Two Weddings,” 1 p.m., Thurs., July 21 at Acorn Hall.

Rizzuto will reveal the lifestyles, marriages and motherhoods of these notable Morris County women: the “upper middle class” Crane marriage to the “old money” Hones of New York as contrasted to the financial opulence displayed by the “new money” Vanderbilts.

This presentation is inspired by the Society’s current exhibit “Fine, Fancy and Fashionable: 125 Years Dressing the Bride,” which features a fashion timeline represented by 30 historic wedding gowns, bridal attire and memorabilia. This presentation is also part of the Jeanne Watson Memorial Speakers Program, a continuing lecture series created by the Morris County Historical Society (MCHS) honoring Jeanne Hamilton Watson, who was the first Executive Director of the MCHS from 1980 to1996.

The cost to attend the event is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students and MCHS members. The admission price may be applied toward a MCHS membership.

Seating is limited to attend this presentation, and reservations are required. For reservations, please call the MCHS at 973-267-3465 or email,


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