The 86th Annual Meeting of the Greenwich Historical Society and Panel Discussion: Living History: The Green-Twachtman House 1845 to Today

30 Round Hill Rd c.1990

The Green-Twachtman House, circa 1990.

Wednesday, September 13

An important witness to Greenwich history, 30 Round Hill Road was built in 1845 by Allen Green, a free black man, in a community populated largely by free blacks called Hangroot. The Impressionist painter John Henry Twachtman, a founding member of the Cos Cob art colony, bought it in 1890 and Jim and Jane Henson lived there with their family 75 years later. John Nelson has been its prudent steward since 1971. The different eras of the house will be discussed by our panelists: a descendant of the original builder, a Twachtman expert, Jim Henson’s daughter, and the home’s current resident.

Wednesday, September 13
6:00 to 8:00 pm;
Reception: 6:00 pm; Annual Meeting: 6:30 pm; Panel Discussion: 7:00 pm

Belle Haven Club, 100 Harbor Drive Greenwich, CT

Members: $65; nonmembers: $75
Reservations required by September 6, 2017
Reserve below or call Michele Couture at 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.


Fall Festival at Bush-Holley Historic Site

Sunday, October 8

Fall Festival 2015

Joshua and Sienna Charlton flank their original creation at the 2015 Fall Festival

Fall Festival at the Greenwich Historical Society will feature a puppet show, games, crafts, touch-a-truck, and our perennially popular scarecrow competition. Throughout the event, visitors can see Kermit, Oscar the Grouch, and Grover at the Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play exhibition in the Storehouse Gallery and take a family-friendly tour of Bush-Holley House.

WonderSpark Puppets

Puppeteer Chad Williams and Friend

WonderSpark Puppets will perform “Fox Fables,” the story of a fox who loses his tail and seeks a new identity, in the Vanderbilt Education Center at 2:00 pm. WonderSpark was founded in 2009 by husband and wife team Chad Williams and Lindsey “Z” Briggs (also manager of the Jim Henson Foundation). In addition to their regular gigs, they often bring laughter and joy to the patients at Mt. Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital in Manhattan.

The theme of this year’s scarecrow competition will be “friendly monsters” in the honor of Sesame Street characters Grover and Oscar the Grouch, who appear in our current exhibition. Basic scarecrow building materials (straw, burlap bag and armature/“bones”) are included in the fee, but participants are welcome to bring “accessories” to customize their creations. Prizes will be awarded in various categories.

Sunday, October 8
12:30 to 3:30 pm

Bush-Holley Historic Site

Admission: Children under 3: free; All other children under 18: $5;
Adults: $10; Family: $25

Separate fee for the Scarecrow Competition: Members: $10; Nonmembers: $15

Art History and Landscape Lecture: American Arts & Crafts Gardens, 1890-1920: Simplicity, Harmony, and Utility

Tuesday, October 17

Denise Wiles Adams

Based on period documentation of historic gardens, publications and designers’ records, lecturer Denise Wiles Adams will focus on the decorative gardens popular in America during the Cos Cob art colony era. Her talk will explore the distinctive garden style of the great estates of the time and highlight plants that were popular.

Restoring American Gardens: An Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants, 1640–1940

An ornamental plant and garden historian, Adams received her PhD in horticulture from Ohio State University and for a decade owned an heirloom-flower and herb nursery. She is a prolific writer and lecturer on topics related to the history of American ornamental gardens and is the author of Restoring American Gardens: An Encyclopedia of Heirloom Ornamental Plants, 1640–1940 (Timber Press, 2004) and American Home Landscapes (Timber Press, 2013). Adams currently resides in Stony Point, New York, where she enjoys researching and creating period-appropriate gardens for her 1914 Arts & Crafts-style home.

Tuesday, October 17

Doors open at 6:30 pm for light refreshments
Program starts at 7:00 pm with a 45-minute talk and a 15-minute Q&A session

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $15; nonmembers: $20
Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

2017 William C. Crooks Distinguished Lecture:
Lewis E. Lehrman on Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft

Tuesday, October 24

Lewis E. Lehrman

During World War II the “special relationship” between the United States and Great Britain cemented the alliance that won the war in the West. But the ultimate victory of that partnership has obscured many of the conflicts behind Franklin Roosevelt’s charm and Winston Churchill’s victory signs—namely, the clashes of principles and especially personalities between and within the leadership of the two nations.

Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft

This year’s William C. Crooks Distinguished Lecture will feature award-winning author Lewis E. Lehrman. Lehrman’s program will focus on the dynamics at play among allies during WW II based on research for his new book Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft, a revealing study in personal diplomacy, character and statecraft at the core of the leadership of the Anglo-American alliance.

Lewis E. Lehrman received the National Humanities Medal at the White House in 2005 for his work in American history. He has written for the Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal; has penned numerous works on Abraham Lincoln; and is also the author of Money, Gold and History. Lehrman, who received a BA from Yale and an MA in history from Harvard, was a Carnegie Teaching Fellow in History at Yale and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in History at Harvard

You will not want to miss this opportunity to meet one of the great historians of our time. Early reservations strongly suggested

Tuesday, October 24
Doors open at 6:30 pm; program begins at 7:00 pm (45 minutes followed by Q&A)

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $10; nonmembers: $15

Cancellation, Refund and Nonsufficient Funds Policy

A full refund for program and special events payments will be made up to 10 days before the program or event. Within 10 days of the program or event, no refund can be granted, but payments may be changed to tax-deductible contributions at payer’s request. A fee of $25 will be charged for checks returned to us for nonsufficient funds.