We invite you to study architecture, art, landscape, and preservation at one of our internationally-acclaimed Summer Schools in Newport, Chicago, and London. You will enjoy lectures by leading scholars, private tours of historic sites, engaging social experiences, and opportunities to get behind the scenes at museums and galleries. Open to graduate students, academics, architects, and the general public.

The Summer Schools are academically rigorous and physically demanding. A typical day includes lectures and tours by leading scholars, considerable walking, periods of standing, and engaging social experiences. These intensive programs are action packed, with little free time. Tuition costs include expert instruction, shared accommodation, some meals, tours, and admissions. Competitive scholarships are available for all three programs. Please email Anne Mallek, Summer Schools Administrator, at Admin@VSASummerSchools.org, with any additional questions. All applications are due by March 1.


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How to Apply

Complete the online application and all related materials by March 1. All applications require a $50 application fee. This non-refundable fee can be paid online at VSASummerSchools.org or by mailing a check or money order to the address below. You will also need one letter of recommendation from an academic or professional contact. Letters should include your full name, qualifications, current work, and how you might benefit from the program. Letters should be e-mailed or mailed directly from the author on letterhead. Successful candidates, including scholarship recipients, must pay a tuition deposit of $350. Deposits are non-refundable and not covered by scholarships.

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Thanks to generous support from the Victorian Society Summer Schools Alumni Association, The Victorian Society Scholarship Fund, VSA chapters, and other organizations and individuals, a limited number of scholarships are available to qualified applicants. Awards are based on merit and financial need. To apply, complete the online scholarship application and all related materials by March 1. A second recommendation letter describing your financial need is also required. This letter should be written by a different author from your general application letter and must describe your specific financial circumstances. Letters should be e-mailed or mailed directly from the author on letterhead. We also ask for a copy of your 2017 Federal Tax Return.

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About the Victorian Society in America

The Victorian Society In America is the only national non-profit organization committed to historic preservation, protection, understanding, education, and enjoyment of our nineteenth century heritage.

The VSA was founded in 1966 as a sister organization to the Victorian Society in the United Kingdom, by such legends of historic preservation as Brendan Gill, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, and Margot Gayle. So outraged were they by the 1964 destruction of New York's magnificent Pennsylvania Station (McKim, Mead, & White, 1910) that they formed the Society to ensure that other important structures did not fall to the wrecker's ball.

Since then, the VSA has fulfilled its mission through publications, symposia, architectural tours, and its famous Summer Schools, and has made tremendous contributions to the preservation of many historic buildings. Indeed, Old House Journal included the founding of the Victorian Society as one of the 25 most significant milestones in American preservation.

There are 15 registered Chapters of the Society around the country hosting a wide range of local events and lectures. There is also an active Summer Schools Alumni Association that sponsors exceptional architectural tours all over the world. To learn more about the Victorian Society in America, visit our main website.