Sarah Winchester: Beyond the Mystery | Mechanics' Institute

You are here

Sarah Winchester: Beyond the Mystery
with Bennett Jacobstein

Join us for an illustrated lecture about the fascinating Sarah Winchester. Sarah Winchester was a brilliant, creative and generous woman who suffered devastating personal tragedy: her only child, Annie died at just six weeks old; and her beloved husband William, heir to the Winchester Rifle fortune, who died too young from tuberculosis. Sarah never recovered from these two heartbreaks. Yet through all her pain she focused on helping those in need. She spent most of her adult life on two building projects which live on today: the architectural marvel that is known as the Winchester Mystery House (San Jose) and the William Wirt Winchester Annex for Tuberculosis that was named for her deceased husband, in West Haven, Connecticut. Though the hospital itself no longer exists, the fund Sarah created for its maintenance continues to support the Winchester Chest Clinic, now part of the Yale New Haven Hospital.

Though Sarah is most famous for the Winchester Mystery House's storied renovations, her philanthropic achievements and personal story remain virtually unknown. In this lecture, Bennett Jacobstein will introduce the real Sarah Winchester, dispel some myths, and explain her true legacy.

Meet the Author(s)

Admission: 
Members & Public Free
Location: 
4th Floor Meeting Room
Questions?
Taryn Edwards - 415-393-0103

Future Meet the Author(s)

Oct 29 - 5:30pm

What Can a Body Do?: How We Meet the Built World, on Zoom
Tech and the City: Author/designer Sara Hendren in conversation with disability activist Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, cosponsored by Gray Area and Goethe-Institut SF

Nov 10 - 6:00pm

One Hundred Years of Exile: A Romanov's Search for Her Father's Russia
A Virtual Talk with Tania Romanov

Nov 12 - 5:30pm

UNFORGETTING: A Memoir of Family, Migration, Gangs, and Revolution on Zoom
Journalist Roberto Lovato reflects on his multifaceted life in this compelling memoir.

Nov 17 - 6:00pm

And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown
A Virtual Talk with their San Francisco teacher, Judy Bebelaar

Nov 19 - 1:30pm

Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague, on Zoom
author Maggie O'Farrell in conversation with Philippa Kelly, Resident Dramaturg for the California Shakespeare Theater, cosponsored by Cal Shakes