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September

83rd Annual Meeting and Lecture by Robert K. Massie

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Robert K Massie

Immediately following the opening reception and the Executive Director?s annual report on the past year?s activities, this year?s speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author Robert K. Massie, will present a lecture entitled Reflections on the Centennial of WW I: Lessons Learned and Not Learned.

Mr. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and studied American history at Yale and European history at Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. He was president of the Authors Guild from 1987 to 1991. His books include Nicholas and Alexandra; Peter the Great: His Life and World (for which he won a Pulitzer Prize for biography); The Romanovs: The Final Chapter; Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War; Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea; and Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman.

Do not miss this unique opportunity to hear one of the great storytellers of our time. Guests will have the opportunity to pose questions after the lecture.

Belle Haven Club, 100 Harbor Drive, Greenwich, CT

6:00 to 8:00 pm. Reception begins at 6:00 pm; program begins at 6:30.

Members: $35; nonmembers $40

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Kathleen Hulser: Sympathy and Suspicion in WWI Greenwich

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Robert K Massie

Historian Kathleen Hulser will explore how World War I plunged small towns across the country into global affairs, and how Greenwich, with its art colony connections in France, its captains of industry and its immigrant communities, was uniquely poised to be caught up in the march. In Greenwich, America?s early declaration of neutrality did not translate to inaction, but manifested itself in debate, establishment of humanitarian enterprises and military preparedness initiatives. When war was declared, propaganda and the resulting suspicion and profiling of aliens became counterpoints to pep rallies and bond drives. With these influences and the changes that war brought to the daily lives of it citizens, by the end of the conflict, residents came to see themselves as part of a new world order.

Kathleen Hulser was public historian at the New York Historical Society from 1999 to 2011. Her current exhibition is The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I, 1914-1919, opening in October 2014 at the National World War I Museum. She teaches history and American Studies at The New School and at Pace University in New York and creates public history and digital humanities projects. Hulser attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she studied philosophy and political science, and the Universite of Strasbourg in France. After her B.A. she earned an MA in American History at New York University.

Vanderbilt Education Center

7:00 ? 8:00 pm followed by short Q&A session.

Members $15; Nonmembers $20

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Story Barn: Victory!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Robert K Massie

Story Barn is a unique way to experience oral tradition, explore local lore and get a whole new perspective on the inner lives of your friends and neighbors. Each performer tells a five-minute story (without notes) based on a true personal experience. In conjunction with the the town-wide reading program Greenwich Reads Together, the Greenwich Historical Society will host a Story Barn based on the concept of victory. Storytellers will focus on tales of teamwork, perseverance and overcoming adversity?themes woven throughout The Boys in the Boat, this year?s selection for Greenwich Reads Together.

Get ready for an evening of standup, standout stories straight from the heart emceed by comedienne extraordinaire Bonnie Levison.

Robert K Massie

Vanderbilt Education Center

Doors open at 6:30; show begins at 7:00 pm

Members: $15; nonmembers: $20. Admission includes beer, wine and snacks.

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Space limited, we strongly recommend advance purchase.

If you would like to tell your own story or know anyone who can spin a great yarn, please contact Anna Greco.

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NOVEMBER

2014 William C. Crooks Distinguished Lecture:
Government Security Before and After WWI

judge baker

Lecture by James E. Baker, Chief Justice of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Judge James E. Baker currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, which is appellate body composed of five civilian judges that handles cases arising under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Leading up to and during the WWI, escalating fear of espionage resulted in the registration, monitoring and profiling of immigrants from enemy nations. Baker, a strong proponent of moral integrity and accountability in national security law, will discuss how aspects of WWI history parallel civil liberties challenges we face today in connection with intelligence gathering and war powers.

Judge Baker attended Yale University as an undergraduate, served in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer and graduated from Yale Law School in 1990. He worked as a legislative aide to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and went on to serve in a variety of important civil service capacities including appointments to the U. S. Department of State, the National Security Council, the Council to the President?s Foreign Intelligence Advisory and Intelligence Oversight Boards, and as Special Assistant to the President and Legal Advisor to the National Security Council. He is the author of In the Common Defense: National Security Law for Perilous Times (a text widely used in the study of national security law), and, with Michael Reisman, Regulating Covert Action. Judge Baker is the recipient of the 1999 Colonel Nelson Drew Memorial Award (the NSC?s highest honor) and the Director of Central Intelligence's "Director's Award." He is also the great-grandson of John Henry Twachtman and a grand-nephew of WWI veteran J. Alden Twachtman, both members of the Cos Cob art colony.

Please note that this lecture will take place at the Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830

7:00?8:00 pm

Admission is free, but reservations are strongly suggested. Call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

American Women Rebuilding France, Lecture by Elaine Uzan Leary
Co-sponsor Alliance Française

American Women Rebuilding France

This presentation by lecturer Elain Uzan Leary based on a travelling exhibition, ?American Women Rebuilding France 1917-1924? focuses on the amazing response to the devastation caused by WWI in France led by Anne Morgan, youngest daughter of financier J.P. Morgan. CARD. (Comite Americain pour les Regions Dévastes) was created by Morgan to aid the civilian population and helped rebuild war-torn Picardie after WWI. By 1923, over 350 American women had responded to her appeal and left their homes to come to the aid of the French people. Leary will share original photographs of the era from the Anne Morgan archives of the Franco-American Museum, Chateau of Blérancourt in Picardy, France

Born Elaine Vivian L?Heureux in Auburn, Maine of a Franco-American family and educated in a bilingual community, Leary is a true Francophile. She is a graduate of Stetson Univiersity, Université de Strasbourg, France; Middlebury College Graduate School; the Chambre de Commerce in Paris; and Emerson College Graduate Studies in Boston.

She co-founded and taught at the school of the Alliance and co-founded and served as lead actress for the French Theatre in Boston, Compagnie Bernard Uzan. Leary is currently Executive Director of the American Friends of Blérancourt, which supports the Franco-American Museum, Chateau de Blérancourt in Picardy, France.

November 18, 2014

1:00?2:00 pm followed by short Q&A session.

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $10; nonmembers: $15.

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After the World Broke in Two:
WWI and the Fracturing of Poetry and Fiction

Lecture by Professor Laura Winters

laura Winters

January 15, 2015

Focusing on excerpts from In Our Time by Ernest Hemmingway, One of Ours by Willa Cather (who was connected with the Cos Cob art colony as a patron of the Holley Boarding House) and Great War and Modern Memory by Paul Fussell, Professor Laura Winters will explore the impact that the destruction and suffering wrought by WWI had on themes, process and style in American literature and poetry.

Dr. Laura Winters has taught literature, writing and film for 31 years at The College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey, and has taught for over 20 years in the graduate school at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She has published Willa Cather: Landscape and Exile as well as articles about American literature and film, and is the editor of the Willa Cather Series at FDU (Fairleigh Dickinson University) Press.

January 25, 2015

1:00?2:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members $10; nonmembers $15.

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The Millionaires? Unit Documentary Film Screening

January 29, 2015

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The Millionaires? Unit is the story of an elite group of college students from Yale who formed a private air militia in preparation for America?s entry into World War One. Known as the First Yale Unit and dubbed ?the millionaires? unit? by the New York press, they became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve and were among the first to fight for the United States in the Great War. Using the squadron members? letters and diaries, the documentary chronicles these pioneers? coming of age against the backdrop of an event that signaled America?s emergence as a world power. The film focuses on their service and sacrifice and chornicles the great, untold story of early aviation in America. The documentary was inspired by the book The Millionaires' Unit by Marc Wortman. After seven years in development and production by co-producers Ron King and Darroch Greer, the film is being presented to the public to commemorate the centennial of World War I.

Vanderbilt Education Center

3:00?5:00 pm

Members $10; nonmember $15

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