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Coastal Maps and Views from the American Revolutionary Era

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Betsy Kornhauser

Celebrated filmmaker Ric Burns called Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence, 1755-1783 ?a GPS to the American Revolution.? On May 3, the book's coauthors Richard H. Brown and Paul E. Cohen will talk at the Greenwich Historical Society about how the rare and beautiful maps captured in their work serve as remarkable documentation of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. In line with the Greenwich Historical Society?s current exhibition Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History, the authors will pay particular attention to documents produced by naval powers Britan and France and how their surveyors, artists and engravers created a fascinating record of the conflicts that led ultimately to the founding of the United States.

The program will last roughly 45 minutes and will be followed by a 15-minute for Q&A session. Revolution: Mapping the Road to American Independence will be available for purchase and signing. Attendees may also visit Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History in the Storehouse Gallery one hour before the lecture begins.

Co-author Richard H. Brown is a collector of maps and views of the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. He is vice chairman of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library and serves as a councilor of the American Antiquarian Society. He is also a member of the Madison Council of the Library Committee of the New York Historical Society.

Fellow author Paul E. Cohen is a partner in Cohen & Taliaferro LLC, New York City, dealers in rare books and antique maps. He is also coauthor of Manhattan in Maps, which received the New York City Book Award in 1997, coeditor of American Cities and author of Mapping the West.

May 3, 2016, 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

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

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Create Art on the Go at Bush-Holley Historic Site
Onsite Instruction with Greenwich Arts Society

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Artist Lauretta Jones

Artist Lauretta Jones

Wherever your travels take you?from bustling cities to untouched preserves, business trips to more leisurely sojourns with friends and family?you can always create art on the go. With Bush-Holley Historic Site as your classroom and artist Lauretta Jones to lead the way, you?ll learn various sketching techniques that will help you capture the immediate feel, color and essence of the places you visit. To develop an even more finished work, you?ll also explore ways to combine sketches with photographs to add more detail.

Instructor Lauretta Jones moved to New York City after receiving a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art. She worked as a freelance illustrator and designer and became an early pioneer in computer graphics, while working with distinguished clients such as IBM, Scholastic Inc. and Ziff-Davis. Jones taught for many years at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and directed their Department of Computer Art. In addition to painting and maintaining an active teaching and exhibition schedule, she devotes time to the Somers Land Trust, keeping its books and blazing trails.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016; 10 am to 3 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Fee: $195 per session

Reservations must be made directly with the Greenwich Art Society, weekdays between 9:30am?12:30pm

Call 203-629-1533 or email

Please dress for the weather and bring lunch.


CT Open House Day 2016

CT Open House Nautical Flags

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Greenwich Historical Society will once again participate in the Connecticut Office of Tourism's 12th Connecticut Open House Day, set for Saturday, June 11. The annual, one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut's diverse world of history, art and tourism. It?s is a perfect opportunity for all Connecticut residents to discover or rediscover the wealth of treasures in their own backyards and to share their enthusiasm with family and friends.

There will be free admission to the Historical Society's current exhibition Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History, which examines the town's coastal roots from its early days to the present through photos, objects and paintings. Visitors will also be welcome to take a free, family-friendly tour of Bush-Holley House at 1:00, 2:00 or 3:00 pm. Bush-Holley House is Greenwich's only National Historic Landmark and the centerpiece of the Greenwich Historical Society's site on Cos Cob Harbor. It features two distinct time periods?the New Nation (1790-1825), when the house was owned by a wealthy, local merchant and later (1890-1920), when it became a bohemian hub for the Cos Cob art colony. Its period rooms highlight art, furnishings and objects from the two time periods and include works by American Impressionist artists Childe Hassam, John Henry Twachtman and Elmer MacRae. It also features an attic slave quarters, something rarely documented in New England historic homes.

Children of all ages can enjoy two free craft projects: creating nautical flags fashioned from felt and learning to make and race paper boats.

Plan to visit Bush-Holley Historic Site on CT Open House Day, bring guests and become an ambassador for your local Historical Society!

Saturday, June 11, 2016; Noon to 4:00 pm

Bush-Holley Historic Site

Admission is free. No reservations needed.

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Experience the Sound: Greenwich History Afloat at OGYC

Sunday, June 26, 2016

This year, as a continuing sponsor of the town's annual Experience the Sound event, the Greenwich Historical Society is teaming up with the Greenwich Point Conservancy and Old Greenwich Yacht Club to host a historical boat tour of the waters off Greenwich Point. Taking a new tack in honor of its exhibition Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History, the Historical Society is offering lucky guests a chance to test their sea legs during this 45-minute cruise.

Each of the two tours (scheduled at 9:00 and 10:00 am) is limited to 11 passengers, so reservations must be made prior to the event and will be confirmed the day before. Participants will meet at the dock at Old Greenwich Yacht Club and are advised to dress appropriately for the weather, wear boat shoes or other footwear with soft, non-marking soles and apply sunscreen. Water will be provided.

The Historical Society will also host a booth at Innis Arden Cottage from 1:00 to 4:00 pm featuring a fun family craft project involving the design of your very own nautical flag.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sorry, the tours are sold out. Please join us for craft family activities at Innis Arden Cottage from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Old Greenwich Yacht Club Dock, Greenwich Point Tod's Driftway Old Greenwich, CT 06870

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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.