New York

Building History: Roycroft and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Meet traditional artisans, attend crafts demonstrations and explore authentic Roycroft homes as you join experts to learn the story of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Western New York.
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Program No. 12718RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Join us at the historic Arts and Crafts community of Roycroft, National Historic Landmark — founded by the entrepreneur Elbert Hubbard in 1895 — to explore Western New York's turn-of-the-century trail of architecture, art, craft and philosophy. Discover the renaissance of preservation, 21st Century decorative arts and the holistic ideals of an era of new thought. Field trips to the Frank Lloyd Wright Martin Complex and Graycliff Estate offer a look at the architect’s local gems, while an investigation into the works of William Morris and John Ruskin offer a look at the roots of the Arts and Crafts Movement.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to 5 city blocks; standing up to 1-1/2 hours. Climbing stairs and standing during visits to historic homes.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Meet master Roycroft artisans and observe their crafts during on-site demonstrations.
  • Delight in an evening reception at historic Roycroft homes and experience their ambiance.
  • Learn about the life and work of Roycroft’s charismatic founder, Elbert Hubbard.
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Gayle Felix
Gayle Felix has loved group leading for Road Scholar since she began in 2015. With a history degree from Boston University, Gayle enjoys sharing Boston's history as well as discovering new places. Gayle leads a variety of programs in New England and Washington D.C. including On the Road adventures in Cape Cod and Maine, signature city programs in Boston and Washington D.C. and programs focusing on politics and music. During her free time, Gayle spends time with her family and friends biking, kayaking and traveling.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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