Twice yearly, Bayou Bend presents a remarkable opportunity to hear renowned scholars speak about interesting and important aspects of American decorative and fine arts.

Becoming an expert on historic objects means learning to see. Curators, conservators, and historians view museum collections through different eyes than the casual viewer. Take a peek into their world with the spring installment of Bayou Bend’s Carol and Les Ballard Lecture Series.

Get a look behind closed doors at both of the MFAH house museums, Bayou Bend and Rienzi, to see rooms and spaces rarely on view to the public. Additionally, limited passes are available for a seminar with Maggie Lidz, former estate historian at Winterthur Museum in Delaware. 

Complimentary shuttle transportation is provided between the two house museums. Visitors are encouraged to park at Bayou Bend, located at 6003 Memorial Drive.

Drop in for a tour! This program is free. Please note that the seminar, which takes place in the Kilroy Visitor Center at Bayou Bend, is full. Questions? e-mail bayoubend@mfah.org or call 713.639.7750.

About the Speaker
Maggie Lidz, a cultural historian, writes and researches on a broad spectrum of 20th-century social history. For 10 years, she was the historian at the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. She retired in 2015 and now lives in Michigan, where she works part-time as a historian at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe. Lidz holds a B.A. in history from Columbia University and an M.A. in art history from the University of Delaware.  She has published numerous articles in magazines such as The Magazine Antique, Antiques and Fine Art, and Southern Living, and her books include Life at Winterthur: A du Pont Family Album; The du Ponts: Houses and Gardens on the Brandywine; and The du Ponts of Winterthur


This lecture series is generously endowed by Carol and Les Ballard.