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Cribbage Game Night: Enjoying the Country Life

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A cribbage board handmade by Grover Cleveland will be on display as part of the upcoming Great Estates exhibition. Cribbage, a game Sir John Suckling is credited with the inventing in the 17th century, became popular with New England Colonists and was quickly adopted by sailors and fishermen as a way to pass the time. Local business mogul E.C. Benedict and President Grover Cleveland were avid cribbage players, often aboard Benedict’s Yacht Oneida, and if they forgot a board, they would make one by hand rather than do without their favorite game.

Whether you are a beginner or live for “muggings” (you'll find out what that means if you come), join us (and the ranks of aforementioned titans) for drinks and games on Thursday, April 24, 2014. 

7:00 to 9:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $15; nonmembers $20 (includes wine, beer and snacks)

Ages 21 and over please. ID required.

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Landmark Recognition Program

Featuring Peter Pennoyer and Author Anne Walker Lecture on Architects Cross & Cross

Sunday, April 27, 2014

In addition to presenting plaques to homeowners of four historic Greenwich homes and to the Round Hill Club, this year’s Landmark Recognition Program will feature a talk by architect Peter Pennoyer and author Anne Walker entitled Narratives of Manners and Style: The Houses of Cross & Cross. Complementing our Great Estates of Greenwich exhibition, the lecture will focus on country houses and estates designed and built by brothers John Walter and Eliot Cross whose ambitious portfolio included homes for a renowned list of clients including Electra Havemeyer Webb and Henry Francis du Pont as well as such iconic structures as the RCA Victor (GE) Building and Tiffany & Co.'s Fifth Avenue flagship building.

Peter Pennoyer, AD100 and the Chairman of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and has been called “one of the leading lights among today’s Modern Traditional architects” by Robert A.M. Stern. Pennoyer, with coauthor Anne Walker, recently completed a new book about Cross & Cross entitled New York Transformed. The book explores the brother’s significant influence on real estate development and the architecture of their era and will be available for purchase and signing.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

5:00 – 7:00 pm

The Round Hill Club, 33 Round Hill Club Road, Greenwich, CT 06831

$75 per person; $250 for Patrons level; $500 for Benefactor level

Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Advance reservations required.

Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

Adult admission $75

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We are grateful to Northern Trust and to David Ogilvy & Associates for underwriting this event.


Exclusive media sponsor: Greenwich Magazine


Country Homes in the Gilded Age:
Greenwich’s Great Estates: 1880-1930
A lecture by Davidde Strackbein

Anne Bolling, wife of aviator Raynal C. Bolling, stands before Greyledge

From 1880 to 1930 Greenwich made the transition from a small farming community to a summer retreat for New York’s legendary tycoons. “Boss” William Tweed, William Rockefeller, Henry O. Havemeyer and Elias Cornelius “Commodore” Benedict were just a few of the storied businessmen who created grand country retreats in Greenwich. New families, along with retainers and staff, arrived on their well tailored coat-tails followed by small armies of gardeners, masons and maintenance crew. Their lifestyle also heralded new recreational and social events and ushered in the pursuit of pleasure yachting and “gentleman’s” farming.

Lecturer Davidde Strackbein is a historian and current chairman of the board of the Greenwich Historical Society. Her lecture will focus on the extraordinary estates built in Greenwich during this era and will be accompanied by images of interior and exterior views, gardens, family portraits and more. She will also focus on how these lavish homes and the way of life associated with them forever changed the face of Greenwich.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

7:00 to 8:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center
39 Strickland Road. Cos Cob, CT 06807

Members: $10; nonmembers $15

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Securing the West:
Politics, Public Lands, and the Fate of the Old Republic

A Book Talk at Greenwich Historical Society by Dr. John Van Atta

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In his recently published book Securing the West, Dr. John R. Van Atta examines the visions of the founding generation and the increasing influence of ideological differences in the years after the peace of the Mexican War in 1815. Americans generally expected the country to grow westward, but they held strongly differing opinions on the details. What part should Congress play in this development? How much should public land cost? What of the families and businesses left behind, and how would society's institutions be established in the West? What of the premature settlers–the "squatters" who challenged the rule of law while epitomizing democratic daring?

Dr. Van Atta draws upon a range of sources known to have influenced the public discourse, including congressional debates, committee reports and correspondence, editorial writings by the famous and unknown, and news coverage in various widely circulated newspapers and magazines of the period.

Dr. Van Atta teaches history and constitutional law at the Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut. He is author of The Wolf by the Ears: The Missouri Crisis, 1819–1821, forthcoming from Johns Hopkins. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Tuesday, May 27, 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members $10; nonmembers: $15

Reserve below or call 203-868-6988, Ext. 10.

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Two Gilded Ages: Is History Repeating Itself?
Lecture by Dr. Jackson Lears

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

For some years, historians have theorized that we are living in a second Gilded Age, a reprise of the era that occurred a century ago. The decades between the1980s and the 2010s hold a remarkable similarity to those between the 1880s and the 1910s, both periods characterized by unregulated economic expansion, flagrant corruption on Wall Street, growing class divisions, the concentration of wealth within a conspicuously consuming elite and a series of imperial adventures (or misadventures) abroad.

Dr. Jackson Lears will examine the parallels and differences between the two eras to explain why the growth of inequality 100 years ago provoked widespread demands for reform among the populace (even among the well-to-do, motivated then by a paternalistic sense of responsibility), while contemporary comment on the situation is largely absent.

Jackson Lears was educated at the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at and Yale University, where he received the Ph.D. in American Studies in 1979. He has taught at Yale Univeresity, the University of Missouri and New York University and is now Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University and Editor in Chief of the quarterly review Raritan. He is the author of No Place of Grace: Antimodernism and the Transformation of American Culture, 1880-1920 (nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1981) and Fables of Abundance: a Cultural History of Advertising in America, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for History in 1995.

Q&A to follow

Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014; 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members $10; nonmembers $15

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Collage Workshop for CT Open House Day
Greenwich Historical Society To Offer Free Admission

June 14, 2014

Carol Nipomnich Dixon, Sharing a Palette,
oil paint and photo collage on wood

The Historical Society will participate in the Connecticut Office of Tourism’s tenth annual Connecticut Open House Day with a free Collage Workshop led by local artist Carol Nipomnich Dixon in the Vanderbilt Education Center plus free admission the Storehouse Gallery exhibition Enjoying the Country Life: Greenwich’s Great Estate and free tours of Bush-Holley House. Professional and amateur artists are also invited to set up their easels “en plein air” to create their own impressions of Bush-Holley Historic site in its spring glory.

The Collage Workshop will focus on creating two-dimensional collages crafted from papers, fabrics, photographs, found objects and natural materials such as dried grasses, twigs, leaves, or petals. All materials will be provided, but participants may also bring copies of favorite photos, newspaper articles or other items to incorporate into their work. Ms. Dixon will provide guidance on how to juxtapose of color, texture, and imagery to transform materials into a distinctly new and personal visual statement. Notes Dixon, “Your collage can represent a personal expression, a historical or family event or simply an imaginary vision.” The workshop will take place in the Vanderbilt Education Center from noon to 2:00 pm, and all ages are welcome.

The CT Open House is a statewide event designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse offerings of history, art and tourism. Residents are encouraged to act as Connecticut cultural ambassadors by inviting family and friends to attend events at local sites such as the Greenwich Historical Society in support of the cultural treasures in their own backyards.

Saturday, June 14, 2014. Noon to 4:00 pm

Storehouse Gallery will be open from noon to 4:00 pm

Docent-led tours of Bush-Holley House will take place at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm

Free admission. No reservations necessary.

History on Wheels

June 21, 2014

The Greenwich Historical Society is once again teaming up with the Greenwich Point Conservancy to provide a historical bike tour of Greenwich Point as a part of the annual Experience the Sound event.

Join us to explore the rich history of Greenwich point looking at everything from its geology to the many features that make it the beloved town park it is today. Participants will meet at the first parking lot on the right after entering the park. As the group travels around the point they will stop to hear stories, take a closer look at some of the ruins and see vintage photos from the Historical Society’s collection. There will also be a scavenger hunt for children.

Participants must bring their own bike and helmet and a water bottle is highly recommended.

Sunday, June 21, 1:30 to 3:00 pm

No reservations required and participation is free, but a park or guest pass is required for entry to Greenwich Point.

All ages are welcome but children must be able to ride a bike.

Festa Al Fresco At Greenwich Historical Society
Just Like Nonna Used to Make!

June 29, 2014

Guests enjoy the best Italian food this side of the Atlantic at last year’s Festa

The Greenwich Historical Society will host its second annual Festa Al Fresco, a potluck supper to celebrate the history and the community of Italian immigrants who settled in Greenwich in the early twentieth century. The family “festa” was launched last year as part of the Historical Society’s programming for the exhibition From Italy to America and in celebration of the Town of Greenwich’s twinning ( “Gemallagio”) with the Italian cities of Rose and Morra di Sanctis, where many of Greenwich’s Italian early immigrants came from. The event proved so successful that it’s back by popular demand. Guests are invited to demonstrate their culinary skills and to show off favorite family recipes (enough to share with 6-8) in one of four categories: antipasti/appetizers, pasta/main dishes, sides and salads or desserts. Wine, musical entertainment and crafts for kids are included in the price of admission. Mangiamo!

Sunday, June 29, 2013, 4:00 to 7:00 pm

Bush-Holley Historic Site

Reservations required.

Members: $10; nonmembers: $15 for adults; $5 for kids 6 to 12. Kids under 6 are free.

Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

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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.

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