Members’ Appreciation Breakfast

Toby's Tavern rendering

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Architect David Scott Parker will discuss the fascinating discovery of a home in Port Chester whose architecture is similar to our own Toby’s Tavern, and how examination of this building is informing his restoration of Toby’s.

Thursday, February 15, 2018
9:30 to 11:30 am

Vanderbilt Education Center

Click here to reserve or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.


Michael Feldberg, Ph.D.

About Decorating
Luncheon, Lecture and Book Signing to Feature Celebrated Designer Richard Keith Langham

Thursday, March 8, 2018

For the last 25 years Alabama-born, Manhattan-based Richard Keith Langham has been creating elegant spaces for some of New York’s most legendary ladies (think Mrs. William F. Buckley and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis). His pedigreed town and country homes, grounded in tradition and enlivened with a fresh and imaginative perspective, feature lush color and pattern, a mixture of old and new and are particularly characterized by couture details.

About Decorating Book cover

Langham studied at Parsons School of Design and London’s Study Center for the History of Fine and Decorative Arts and earned a degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology in interior design. Before launching his own firm he apprenticed under the legendary Mark Hampton and honed his skills at Irvine & Fleming. His name has appeared on Architectural Digest’s AD-100 as well as on Elle Decor’s A List, and his work has appeared in publications too numerous to list. Add to that notable resume: Honorary Design Chair of Antiquarius 2017.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear firsthand the stories behind the unique and elegant homes featured in his luscious new book, About Decorating, The Remarkable Rooms of Richard Keith Langham.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 11:30 am

Belle Haven Club

$250—Individual ticket includes lecture, luncheon and book
$500—Patron ticket includes lecture, luncheon, pre-signed book and Patron listing in program
$1,000—Benefactor ticket includes lecture, luncheon, pre-signed book, Benefactor listing in program & seating at Richard Keith Langham’s table

Please send us an email with whom you would like to be seated.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to make a fully tax deductible contribution please click here.
Greenwich Historical Society is grateful to your support. Contributions are tax deductible within the limits prescribed by law.

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

Designer Luncheon Event Committee

Alease Fisher Tallman and Catherine Tompkins, Co-Chairs

Ashley Allan
Courtney Bieger
Ellen Bowman
Tiffany Burnette
Ashley Cole
Holli Cutting
Cathy Dann
Carrie Emery
Nancy Fazzinga
Suzanne Frank
Virginia Genereux

Kathy Georgas
Jeanine Getz
Jessica Guff
Melissa Hawks
Susannah Heyworth
Heather Jervis
Linda Jenkins
Ilona Kaali-Nagy
Rachel Kelley
Laurette Kittle

M.E. Kjaernested
Samantha Knapp
Nonie Mackin
Susan Murray
Anne Ogilvy
Emma Pennington
Betsey Ruprecht
Susan Sleeper
Beth Taylor
Meg Nolan van Reesma
Jieun Wax

Afternoon Nosh at the Greenwich Historical Society


Andrew Harris, Slate

Sunday, March 25, 2018

One of the best ways to learn about a culture is to enjoy good food and conversation around a table. Jewish cuisine represents a diverse collection of traditions from around the world. It has evolved over many centuries, shaped by Jewish dietary laws (kashrut), festivals and sabbath (sabbat) traditions and also by the economics, agriculture, and culinary traditions of the many countries where Jewish communities settled.

Our buffet-style lunch will feature a short presentation by Curator of Education Anna Greco. A chef from Garelick & Herbs will talk about the origins of the items on the menu* along with their cultural or religious significance and tips on how to make them. Guests will have the opportunity to sample a variety of traditional Jewish dishes from latkes (potato pancakes) to hamantaschen (triangle- shaped cookies with jam filling). Israeli wine will also be available for tasting.

Sponsored by:

Garelick & Herbs logo

* Dairy and meat are present in this menu but not in the same dish. If guests have specific dietary concerns they should call ahead and speak to Anna Greco.

Sunday, March 25, 2018; 12:30 to 2:00 pm

Vanderbilt Education Center

Members: $30; nonmembers: $45

The fee for this program will also grant access to the exhibition open 12:00 to 4:00 pm that day.

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


Dear Mom and Dad
Dramatic Reading in Conjunction with An American Odyssey

Tuesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 5, 2018

Herbs Medals

First performed at the Museum of American Jewish Military History, Dear Mom and Dad honors the life and service of Herb Rosencrans, the firstborn American son of immigrants, and the bond between two mothers whose sons served during WWII. Only one son will come home. Eva Rosencrans and Marjorie Wylie represent mothers who prayed every day for the end of the war.

This dramatic reading is based on the letters that Herb sent home during his service that tell of a young college boy who left academia to serve his country and ended up making the ultimate sacrifice. The project honors all of the young men who served their country and focuses on the efforts of one with Jewish heritage.

The program is offered in conjunction with current exhibition An American Odyssey: the Jewish Experience in Greenwich. The Storehouse Gallery, where the WWII uniform of Isadore Pinkert and the dog tags of Captain Archibald Tunick and Carl Bennett are on display, will be open an hour before the performance.

The hour-long dramatic reading will be followed by a conversation led by program creator Catherine Ladnier, a graduate of Mills College and Harvard University and a confirmed theater junkie. Her discovery of letters and ephemera connected with her family’s WWII experiences led to the creation of the play Dear Eva, based on her mother’s war-era experiences. Additional letters and stories shared by others over the years have encouraged her to add to her repertoire.

Two performances at Vanderbilt Education Center:

Tuesday, April 3, Gallery opens at 2:00 pm; program starts at 3:00 pm
Thursday, April 5, Gallery opens 6:00 pm; program starts at 7:00 pm

Members: $10; nonmembers: $15
Admission includes access to the exhibition, which will be open one hour prior to the program’s start

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

Rightful Heritage:
An Evening with Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Michael Feldberg, Ph.D.

Greenwich Historical Society will welcome author and CNN Presidential Historian, Douglas Brinkley, for an intimate book signing, dinner and lecture sponsored by Northern Trust on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm. Brinkley is a sought-after commentator on U.S. presidential history and an author of best-selling books on Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. A prolific writer, Brinkley has also covered subjects ranging from war to our environmental legacy.

Brinkley’s talk, “A Timely Tale in an Age of Political Turmoil on the Role of Capitalism and Environmentalism,” will include a discussion of his latest book, Rightful Heritage, which examines the fundamental tension between economic growth and environmental stewardship. He will also explore the story of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an endeavor designed to combat severe unemployment during the Great Depression that also resulted in the preservation of thousand of acres of wilderness.

Rightful Heritage Bookcover

Douglas Brinkley is currently a professor of history at Rice University and CNN Presidential Historian. He is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair and a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly. He holds a doctorate from Georgetown University in U.S. Diplomatic History

Limited seating is available for this extraordinary opportunity to hear from a respected authority that CNN has declared as “a man who knows more about the presidency than any human being alive.” All proceeds will go to our Fund for Program Enrichment.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Tickets go on sale March 12

General admission tickets are $500 per person.

Underwriting opportunities for VIP access are available. Please email Director of Development, Katrina Dorsey, for more information.

Landmarks Program to Recognize Six Historic Properties

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Tony malkin

This year, the Landmarks Recognition Program will celebrate the documentation and plaquing of four unique and historically significant Greenwich properties, including a dazzling mid-century design, two charming Tudors and a chateau worthy of French royalty. We also plan to present two Preservation Awards as part of our semiannual program that honors individuals, organizations and projects for their contributions to the preservation of Greenwich’s historical resources.

The keynote speaker will be Anthony E. Malkin, chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, the real estate investment trust that owns the Empire State Building, as well as 18 other properties in New York City. Mr. Malkin will discuss the deftly researched and highly skilled restoration of the Empire State Building’s lobby--one of the few interiors in New York to be designated a historic landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. A team of experts worked for nearly two years to restore the aesthetic of the original 1930 design including recreating an ornate ceiling mural and historic glasswork while introducing a contemporary visitor processing system and employing state-of-the-art technology.

Mr. Malkin has been a leader in existing building energy efficiency retrofits through coordinating the team of Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls, JLL, and Rocky Mountain Institute in a groundbreaking project at the Empire State Building. He is a board member of the Real Estate Roundtable and chair of its Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee, a member of the Urban Land Institute, member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, member of the Partnership for New York City’s Innovation Council, member of the Building Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, member of the Advisory Board of Mission Point Capital Partners, and member of the Advisory Council of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Mr. Malkin received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Harvard College.

A champagne reception will precede the program.

Sunday, April 29, 2018; 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Greenwich Country Club

Tickets: $75 for individual; $250 for Patron Level; $500 for Benefactor Level

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

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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