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History & Decor – Susan Ray-Degges

July 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


History & Decor is back!
Part 3 of 3

This time we have brought in interior design historian Susan Ray-Degges to talk about the history of Interior Design.

After the talk guests will be invited to walk around the home with tour guides to items Susan was describing in her talk.

What will she talk about?

What do grasscloth, wainscot, batten paneling, and printed wall coverings have in common?

Most of these wall finishes have been under constant reinvention since their original inception. Come to see how these finishes were used to enrich the interiors of the Glensheen Mansion. As suggested by William Morris, British Arts & Crafts designer, ‘Whatever you have in your rooms think first of the walls for they are that which makes your house and home, and if you do not make some sacrifices in their favour you will find your chambers have a kind of makeshift, lodging-house look about them…

Who is Susan Ray-Degges?

Susan Ray-Degges, Ph.D., CID-MN, ASID
Associate Professor/Interior Design Program Coordinator

Susan has been an interior design faculty member at North Dakota State University for over 24 years. Holding a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Susan successfully passed the NCIDQ in 1991, and became a Certified Interior Designer in 1994. She previously served on the ASID Minnesota Board of
Directors and most recently served on the National Interior Design Educators Council Board of Directors. Susan developed a deep appreciation for historical interiors when she was given the opportunity to complete an extensive study of a historical house as an undergraduate.

She continued to support this love for historical interiors by serving as a docent at the Comstock House in Moorhead, Minnesota, from 1995-2003. Fortunately, Susan shares her passion for the progression of architecture, decorative arts, and furniture styles by teaching historical interiors at NDSU – she has done so for the last 24 years.

The program will begin at 7:00 PM and should conclude by 9:00 PM. This event is free to the public and will be held in the Glensheen Amusement Room, which is located in the lower level of the home.

This event is made possible by a grant from the UMD School of Fine Arts John and Mary Gonska Cultural Fund.


July 26, 2016
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Glensheen Mansion
3300 London Road
Duluth, 55804 United States
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