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

Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT.


Harmonious Migrations

Sunday, November 5

IBEX Puppetry 2015

A free, inspiring, and educational puppetry performance and workshop lead by Jim Henson’s daughter Heather Henson and her company IBEX Puppetry, Harmonious Migrations playfully explores the co-existence of people and the endangered whooping crane in North America.

Developed to teach children ages 5–12 about the interconnectivity of the environment and all species, this program focuses specifically on cranes through puppetry, storytelling, and crafts.

Participants are introduced to the Native American concepts of the Four Directions, four elements, four medicinal herbs, and four stages of life.

Students will leave this workshop with a new understanding of interconnectivity and respect for indigenous cultures. Harmonious Migrations is science with a conscience and a whole lot of fun!

This program is being offered in collaboration with Greenwich Reads Together. Participants will enjoy an hour performance followed by an interactive workshop with an opportunity to complete a hands-on activity relevant to the show.

IBEX Puppetry is an entertainment company dedicated to promoting the fine art of puppetry. Founded in 2000 and receiving multiple UNIMA awards, IBEX Puppetry supports puppet art in film, stage, gallery exhibits, workshops, and artist presentations.

Greenwich Reads Together logo

Sunday, Novemer 5
2:00 to 4:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Free. Reservations required. Click here to make reservations through EventBrite, send an email or call 203.869.6899 ext.10 and let us know how many adults and children (with ages) in your reservation. All ages are welcome!

Open House: Installation of Cornerstone and Time Capsule

Saturday, November 4

Rendering of the reimagined Greenwich Historical Society campus, opening fall 2018.

Rendering of the reimagined Greenwich Historical Society campus, opening fall 2018.

Please join us for an important moment in the history of the Town of Greenwich as we dedicate the cornerstone of the Greenwich Historical Society’s new museum, library, and archives building and install a time capsule containing submissions from Greenwich residents.

Participate in a hard hat tour of the construction site and hear a presentation by architect David Scott Parker and Executive Director Debra Mecky on “A Reimagined Campus: What’s in Store for the Greenwich Community.” Take a free tour of National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House.

This is your community resource and we hope you will share in the excitement and learn more about the changes underway.

11:00 am: Cornerstone Dedication and Time Capsule Installation followed by a hard hat tour of the construction site
12:00 pm: Light refreshments and presentation on the Reimagined Campus in the Vanderbilt Education Center
1:00 pm: Free tour of Bush-Holley House

Please send children’s submissions for the time capsule by October 30.

Saturday, November 4
11:00 am Installations at New Building Site; 12:00 pm Presentation in Vanderbilt Education Center

Free. Reservations appreciated. Click here to make reservations through EventBrite, or call 203.869.6899 ext.10.

Book Talk: The Classical American House

Author Phillip James Dodd will speak about his new book The Classical American House, a glimpse at examples of architectural works by innovative and skilled contemporary classicists. Dodd will be joined by architect Charles (Chuck) Hilton, whose firm Charles Hilton Architects is featured in the book. Hilton will talk about his firm’s use of classical design principles to create classic homes today.

Phillip James Dodd

Phillip James Dodd

Phillip James Dodd is an internationally renowned expert in the fields of classical architecture and design. He is the principal of Phillip James Dodd: Bespoke Residential Design, and a Fellow Emeritus at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art; he has taught at Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. He is the author of bestselling books The Art of Classical Details: Theory Design and Craftsmanship (2013) and An Ideal Collaboration: The Art of Classical Details II (2015) and is the architectural editor at Venu magazine and consulting architect of WTNH–News Channel 8 in Connecticut. His work has been published in numerous periodicals, including Country Life, House & Garden, Quest and Traditional Home.

Chuck Hilton

Chuck Hilton

Award-winning architect Chuck Hilton, a member of the Historical Society’s Preservation Network and long-time supporter, has been based in Greenwich since 1991 and launched his solo venture, Charles Hilton Architects, in 2013. Hilton has completed over 265 built projects in the area and has been featured in 75 regional and national publications. In addition to state and national recognition, Hilton’s local accolades include the Greenwich Rotary 2017 Citizen of the Year, the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Leadership Award and Serendipity Magazine’s Market Digest Honoree.

Wednesday, November 8
Reception at 7:00 pm; lecture runs from 7:30 to 8:30 pm followed by book sale and signing

Perrot Memorial Library, 90 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich

Admission is free but reservations are required. Call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10, or email to make a reservation.

Story Barn: Oy Vey!

Valerie Stauffer takes the mike at the Spring ’17 Story Barn

Valerie Stauffer takes the mike at the Spring ’17 Story Barn

Story Barn is a popular biannual event at the Greenwich Historical Society that explores themes connected with our exhibitions. The theme for this fall is Oy Vey!—a Yiddish expression that translates as “Woe is me.” Today the expression is commonly used in many languages as a verbal sigh or an indication of dismay, surprise, worry, exasperation or all of the above. “Oy vey” has undoubtedly prefaced countless situations which have ultimately resulted in good yarns, and you can expect to hear some unique variations on this theme, inspired by our new exhibition An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich.

Emcee for the cabaret-style evening is the incomparable Bonnie Levison, an accomplished raconteur in her own right and a storytelling coach for The Moth, a series of stage and radio events in which participants from all walks of life share personal experiences. Aside from having served as our fabulous Story Barn host for the last nine years, Levison’s resume includes marketing stints at Young & Rubicam and NBC, as well as comedy productions and performances. She is also a cofounder of The Nantucket Comedy Festival.

Would you like to share an “Oy Vey” moment?

Anyone over age 21 is invited to participate but must sign up and pitch their story in advance. Contact Anna Greco or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 31.

Friday, November 17
Doors open at 7:00 pm; performance begins at 7:30 pm
The Storehouse Gallery will be open from 6:30 to 7:15 pm prior to the performance.

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $15; nonmembers: $20. Beer, wine and light refreshments are included in the price of admission.

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

Coffee with the Curator

Enjoy a special tour of the current exhibition American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich led by guest curator Ann Meyerson, PhD, during which she will give an exhibition overview, provide personal insights on its creation and answer questions. Guests will meet in the Storehouse Gallery for the tour and are invited to enjoy tea, coffee and light snacks in the museum shop and further discuss the objects and stories from the exhibition.

Wednesday, November 29, 10:30 to 11:30 am

Storehouse Gallery

Admission is free but reservations are required. Call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10, or email to make reservations.


Consulting with Santa

Consulting with Santa

Candlelight Tour 2017

Join us for a festive holiday evening when—only once a year—costumed interpreters lead “candlelight” tours through Bush-Holley House, Greenwich’s only Registered National Historic Landmark. In addition to your family-friendly walk through Bush-Holley House, there will be live music, hot chocolate, seasonal treats from Sweet Lisa’s, winter-themed crafts for kids and a special appearance by Santa Claus from 5:30–6:30 pm.

The Healy Sisters enjoy holiday 
crafts at 2016 Candlelight Tour.

The Healy Sisters enjoy holiday crafts at 2016 Candlelight Tour.

Tours are about 45 minutes long and focus on Christmas traditions as celebrated by the Bush family in the early nation period and later by the Holley family, who were residents in the early 1900s during the Cos Cob art colony era.

Sunday, December 17, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Tours begin at the Vanderbilt Education Center and take place every 15 minutes.

Admission is free to all. No reservations required.

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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