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The Seton Family: Authors, Builders, Artists and Individuals

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:00 to 8:00 pm

We are proud to host two lectures by Lucinda MacKethan on the subject of the Seton family—father Ernest Thompson Seton (author, wildlife artist and founder of the Woodcraft Indians and Campfire Girls—precursors to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America), mother Grace Gallatin Seton (author, suffragist and WWI motor unit organizer), and daughter, celebrated historical novelist Anya. MacKethan has been researching and publishing articles about the Setons for years, making extensive use of the Greenwich Historical Society archives, which houses a large collection of materials connected with family. She is currently working on a full-length biography of Anya Seton, which also draws on information gathered from interviews with the author’s daughters and granddaughter.

The first lecture, “The Seton Houses: Organizing a Family Biography” will explore the social as well as personal and artistic motivations of the famous Seton family. MacKethen will give a tour virtual of the five houses that they built between 1900 and 1951, four of which claimed Greenwich addresses. Ernest Thompson Seton built his last residence, Seton Castle, on the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Anya Seton resided at her home Sea Rune on Binney Lane in Old Greenwich until her death in 1990. (The home has since been demolished.) Through these personal spaces, we can track the course of the Setons’ lives as successful writers, prominent American personalities and as a complex and ultimately failed family.

The second lecture, “Fathers, Mothers, Daughters: A View of Anya Seton’s Family Through Her Novels,” examines autobiographical elements in Anya’s fiction, especially as she cast interactions with her famous parents into the fictional lives of some of her important characters. Discussion will include five novels written between 1941 and 1972 that offer perhaps the most intriguing representations of her own evolving sense of self as a daughter, lover, wife and mother.

A professor of English at NC State University for close to 40 years, Lucinda MacKethan, now retired, has authored three books on southern literature and many articles on American women writers. She is senior consultant of, a series of radio plays based on American women’s short stories, and was a fellow at the National Humanities Center, where she now produces online materials for teachers.

The Seton Houses: Organizing a Family Biography:
Thursday, January 26, 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Fathers, Mothers, Daughters: A View of Anya Seton’s Family Through Her Novels:
Friday, January 27, 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807
Each lecture: Members: $10; nonmembers $15

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

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Artist Talk: In Their Footsteps – Deborah Pierce Bonnell Paints Weir Farm

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Walk back in time to the turn of the 20th century with artist Deborah Pierce Bonnell, as she talks about the American Impressionist painters and their way of life at the Holley boarding house in Cos Cob, Florence Griswold House in Old Lyme and Weir Farm in Wilton.

A former docent at Bush-Holley House and recent artist in residence at Weir Farm, Bonnell will begin this tour in the shop at the Storehouse Gallery, where paintings she created at Weir Farm will be on display in a show titled In Their Footsteps — Deborah Pierce Bonnell Paints Weir Farm. Comparing her impressions of that landscape to those of the Connecticut Impressionists, she will discuss this earlier time when painters would take their easels outdoors to work on landscapes and then gather in the evenings to talk about their day’s work.

In Bush-Holley’s art colony rooms, she will talk more about the painters such as John Twachtman and Childe Hassam, who stayed and worked at the site, and their connection to each other as well as their association with the landscapes of Connecticut. The 45-minute tour will end with a brief question-and-answer period.

Sunday, February 5, 2017
2:00 – 3:00pm

Storehouse Gallery

Members: $10; Nonmembers: $15. Reservations encouraged as space is limited.

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

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To benefit the Greenwich Historical Society
A Night of Beauty with Designer Mark D. Sikes

Thursday, February 9, 2017

We are delighted to host celebrated interior designer Mark D. Sikes and a Night of Beauty on behalf of the Historical Society. Sikes will talk about the inspiration and creative process behind the sumptuous pages of his highly acclaimed new book Beautiful (Rizzoli), share his design philosophy and field questions at the end of the program.

Phenom Mark D. Sikes is known for designing fresh, sophisticated, indoor/outdoor spaces that perfectly balance beauty and function. Building on two decades in visual merchandising and marketing, in 2012 Sikes parlayed his talent for creating exceptional environments into a highly successful interior design firm. His work has since graced top shelter magazines from Architectural Digest to Veranda, and from his base in West Hollywood, California, he works with clients across the country, blogs on design and style, creates lines for Schumacher and Henredon, and oversees MDS Stripes, a women’s clothing line.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to meet a talent who has made a rapid and impressive ascent on the design scene. All tickets include a copy of the Beautiful. Patron-level ticketholders will also enjoy the opportunity to share an intimate supper with the designer following the event. All proceeds will benefit the Greenwich Historical Society.

Generously Sponsored by Fairfield County Look

Event Committee

 Lee Ann Thornton, Catherine Tompkins

Charlotte Barnes
Courtney Bieger
Scottie Bonadio
Ashley Bruynes
Casey Carey
Holly Cassin
Brooke Crew
Douglas Graneto
Melissa Hawks
Stephanie Horton
Kevin Isbell
Kimberly Johnson

Elaine Kirby
Samantha Knapp
Zoe Khayatt
Alexandra Macaluso
Samantha Mollett
Anne Ogilvy
Emma Pennington
Leigh Ann Ryan
Chelsea Schaeffer
Susan Sleeper
Carrie Wallack


Thursday, February 9, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

The Field Club of Greenwich, 276 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, CT

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

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Sushi and Sake Workshop

Sunday, February 26, 2017

As the sun sets on our exhibition an An Eye to the East: The Influence of Japan, we are offering a final program to explore two quintessential elements of Japanese cuisine: sushi and sake. Sushi has been an Asian technique to preserve both meat and fish for a thousand years, but it was only in the 1820s that chefs in Japan began to create and serve Edo-style sushi, which uses primarily raw fish. Chef Sam Takahashi, owner of Hajime Japanese Restaurant in Harrison, NY, will talk about the history of sushi and demonstrate techniques for creating its various forms. Takahashi learned this traditional art at his father’s restaurant in Osaka, received further training in Hokkaido, and in 1986, a year after coming to the United States, established his restaurant, Hajime, which means “beginning” or “start.”

Distributor Takuya Shimomura will focus on the lore and production process surrounding sake, a traditional Japanese wine made from fermented rice. All participants will learn how to make a sushi roll, and best of all, have the opportunity to taste a variety of outstanding sushi and sake.

Ticketholders receive free admission to Bush-Holley House and to the exhibition An Eye to the East: The Influence of Japan on its last day at the Storehouse Gallery.

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $30; nonmembers $45
Seating is limited, reservations required. Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

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How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution: Walter Isaacson to Lecture on the History of the Digital Revolution

Photo: Patrice Gilbert

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Greenwich Historical Society invites you to attend an evening with distinguished historian, journalist and author Walter Isaacson for an event in support of the Historical Society’s Fund for Program Enrichment. The subject will be Isaacson’s highly acclaimed book, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (Simon & Schuster), which examines the fascinating and creative personalities whose vision resulted in the creation of modern computers and the Internet. In addition to the exploration of these innovators’ genius and imagination, the book highlights the crucial role that collaboration and teamwork played in the rise of the digital age. He covers luminaries such as Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak as well as lesser-known (but no less important) figures such as Ada Lovelace, English mathematician (and daughter of Lord Byron), and Alan Turing, WWII cryptanalyst and theoretical computer scientist.

Walter Isaacson is currently president and CEO of the Aspen Institute; he formerly served as chairman and CEO of CNN and was editor of TIME magazine. His list of best-selling biographies includes Steve Jobs, Einstein: The Life of a Genius, and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Kissinger: A Biography. Isaacson is chair emeritus of Teach for America and former chair of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (2009-2012) and vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (2005–2007). A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, his current board service includes United Airlines, Tulane University, the Overseers of Harvard University, New Orleans Tricentennial Commission, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Society of American Historians, Carnegie Institution for Science, and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

Individual Program tickets are $375 each and include cocktails, dinner and lecture. Patron level tickets are $1,000 each and include pre-event reception and book signing, VIP seating and a gift bag.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:30 to 9:00 pm

Greenwich Country Club

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

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Proceeds from the event will support the Greenwich Historical Society's Fund for Program Enrichment and will also be matched by anonymous donors. The Fund for Program Enrichment supports and sustains education inititatives, exhibitions, public programs, digital collections and preservation.

Thank you to our generous sponsors
Serendipity/Exclusive Media Sponsor

Generously underwritten
by The Resource Foundation

NOrthern Trust

Corporate sponsorship packages available.
For more information, contact Katrina Dorsey or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 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.

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