Morgan Bookmarks: All-Ages Conversation

Explore the museum from home with a live interactive tour. Each program will take a closer look at objects in the Morgan’s Collection Online, ranging from ancient to modern. Participants will receive a creative prompt with each experience, for inspiration to write, read, or craft at home.

On Tuesday, October 20: Frankenstein and the “Year Without A Summer”

A massive volcanic eruption in 1815 disrupted the global environment, leading to unseasonal weather and different catastrophes across the world. 1816 is the called the “Year Without A Summer” and teenage Mary Shelley spent the gloomy days indoors reading ghost stories with peers such as her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron. This program will tell the tale of how a writing competition between stir-crazy friends led to the genesis of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Participants will learn how truth is sometimes stranger than fiction in the creation of one of the world’s most famous monsters.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 11:30 AM

Tickets: Free; limited availability, advance registration is required.

Auguste Pontenier (1820–1888), wood engraving in Louis Figuier (1819–1894), Les merveilles de la science, ou Description populaire des inventions modernes, Paris: Furne, Jouvet et cie., 1867–70. The Morgan Library & Museum, Purchased on the Gordon N. Ray Fund, 2016, PML 196256.

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.