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Decades Ball: The 1890s

Monday, March 2, 2020

Lapham's Quarterly Decades Ball, the 1890s. Dine for an evening in the Gilded Age. March 20, 2020.

This majestic evening benefits our educational mission and provides core support to carry on the work of the magazine.


Monday, March 2, 2020

583 Park Avenue, New York City


6:30 pm: Drinks and hors d’oeuvres
7:30 pm: Dinner with words and music

1890s Costume or Festive Dress


Simon Winchester


To purchase your table or tickets and be listed on the benefit committee, please click here, email, or call the Decades Ball office at (212) 590-6874.


The Decades Ball is the annual gala event presented by Lapham’s Quarterly, bringing together friends and readers of the magazine, celebrated writers and performers, and devoted patrons. Guests are treated to performances of timeless readings and songs from the decade in the limelight, a menu featuring period food and drink, and rousing company the New York Times compared to “dedicated revelers at a Gatsby party.”


This “stirring night” (Wall Street Journal ) has in the past featured performances by F. Murray Abraham, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tom Hanks, Kevin Kline, Christopher Lloyd, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Mary-Louise Parker.


To view photos from previous Decades Balls, click below.


An image from the 1920s ballAn image from the 1950s ballAn image from the 1870s ballAn image from the 1780s ballAn image from the 1910s ball