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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Photo: Patrice Gilbert

The Greenwich Historical Society invites you to attend an evening with distinguished historian, journalist and best-selling 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, theoretical computer scientist and subject of the historical thriller The Imitation Game.

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, additionally,  include a pre-event meet-and-greet with the author, book signing, preferred seating and a gift bag.

Proceeds will support the Historical Society's Fund for Program Enrichment, which supports and sustains educational initiatives, exhibitions, public programs, digital collections and preservation initiatives. The event has been generously supported by the Resource Foundation and sponsored by Northern Trust.  Serendipity Magazine is the exclusive media sponsor.

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.

Story Barn: Imagine That!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Lucy Van Atta enthralls the crowd at Spring ’16 Story Barn.

Our next Story Barn, Imagine That! takes its theme from our upcoming exhibition Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play (opens April 5, to October 8, 2017). Best known as creators of the Muppets, the Hensons’ contributions to Sesame Street revolutionized early childhood education, and their visionary puppetry resulted in a global entertainment phenomenon. With seemingly limitless imaginations, Jane and Jim Henson worked in tandem to raised five young children in Greenwich from 1964–1971. They often blurred the lines between burgeoning careers and family life and happily gleaned inspiration from both. Mirroring the Hensons, their revolutionary cast of puppet characters also delightfully blurred—and often obliterated—the lines between “the work of learning” and play. Imagine that!

Join the fun as a group of local storytellers riffs on work, play, creativity and the power of imagination. The program is hosted by the incomparable Bonnie Levison, comedienne, storytelling coach for The Moth and cofounder of the Nantucket Comedy Festival. The program takes place in a relaxed cabaret-like setting, and wine, beer and light snacks are included in the price of admission.

We’re always looking for storytellers...

Anyone over age 21 is invited to participate but must sign up and pitch their story in advance. If you have a tale to share, contact Anna Greco or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 31. One-on-one coaching is offered for those who would like guidance or would like to polish their presentation before the event.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Doors open at 7:00 pm; performance begins at 7:30 pm.

Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center
39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807

Members: $15; nonmembers: $20

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

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Celebrating Jim Henson and the Art of Puppetry:
An Evening with Cheryl Henson

Lisa (left) and Cheryl Henson pose monster puppets for their father Jim’s photo shoot in their backyard in Greenwich, 1968. Photo: Jim Henson. Courtesy of the Henson family.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

On May 2, Cheryl Henson, second-eldest daughter of Jim and Jane Henson, will share personal reflections on the life, work and legacy of her famous father. Ms. Henson’s program will offer a unique perspective on a creative family journey that, 60 years on, has morphed from an ambitious educational experiment to a worldwide enterprise that continues to push the limits of creativity and innovation. From groundbreaking Sesame Street to The Muppet Movies to Fraggle Rock, Jim Henson’s imagination and technical genius continually fueled and expanded his characters’ relatable humanity—despite the fact that many of his characters were, well, technically monsters. Cheryl Henson will touch on how Henson’s innovations forever transformed and elevated the art of puppetry, why his work continues to delight and why his legacy is so important to the future of contemporary puppet theater.

Cheryl Henson is a member of the Board of Directors of The Jim Henson Company and has been the president of The Jim Henson Foundation since 1992. Her unique perspective on the world of puppet theater was established in childhood, when she and her four siblings served as test audience and inspiration for Jim and Jane Henson’s contributions to the development of Sesame Street and other educational programs, projects and experiments. From 1992 to 2000, Cheryl executive-produced the award-winning biennial Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater. The five festivals encompassed 136 different productions from 31 countries in 24 theaters throughout New York City. The Festival won both Drama Desk and the OBIE Awards and is widely acknowledged to have changed the perception of contemporary American puppet theater.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Doors open at 6:30 pm, and light refreshments will be served. The lecture will begin at 7:00 pm and will last roughly 45 minutes, with a 15-minute of Q&A session to follow.

Vanderbilt Education Center

The Storehouse Gallery will be open from 6:00 to 6:45 pm, and free admission is included in the ticket price.

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

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Landmark Recognition Program

Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Greenwich Historical Society’s Landmark Recognition reception, which honors distinctive properties that reflect Greenwich’s unique architectural heritage, will plaque four properties at its May 7th celebration. The Perrot Memorial Library, Brant Art Education Center, and beautifully preserved properties on Riversville and Stanwich roads will be presented with official Greenwich Landmark plaques for their value in preserving the town’s remarkable architectural legacy.

David Scott Parker, one of America’s foremost preservation architects, and the visionary behind the Greenwich Historical Society’s plans for a dynamic, reimagined campus, will be the keynote speaker. In his talk titled: Escaping the City in Style: The Architecture of 19th-Century Connecticut Innovators, Parker will share his experiences in reimagining the places inhabited and frequented by enormously accomplished individuals, such as railroad tycoon LeGrand Lockwood, Mark Twain, and artists of the Cos Cob art colony, and explore how these monuments to the past impact the Connecticut of today.

In recognition of the Landmark program’s 30th anniversary, the Historical Society will honor two Greenwich organizations for their leadership in advancing the cause of historic preservation. Greenwich Land Trust will be recognized for the restoration and adaptive reuse of the Louise Mueller Preserve and Greenwich Point Conservancy for the completion of the restoration of the Gateway and Old Barn.

The event is generously supported by David Ogilvy & Associates, Charles Hilton Architects and media sponsor, Fairfield County Look.

Sunday, May 7, 2017,
4:00 to 6:00p.m.

Belle Haven Club, 100 Harbor Drive, Greenwich

Champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Advance reservations are required. Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

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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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