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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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Fast Forward: Bertha Potter Boeing, From Tod’s Point to the Jet Age

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bertha Potter Boeing

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Greenwich Historical Society and Greenwich Point Conservancy will host lecturer Barbara Hiscock Spaeth, who will talk about her famous aunt, Bertha Potter Boeing, and the key role she played in American commercial aviation. The story has a distinct Greenwich connection: Bertha, her widowed mother Alice and two sisters were the very first residents of Innis Arden Cottage. Bertha went on to attend Rosemary Hall in Greenwich and to marry aircraft manufacturing pioneer William Boeing in 1921. Labeled her husband’s “true” partner, she was involved with Boeing Aircraft, United Airlines and a number of companies that make up today’s United Technologies. Boeing was an active supporter of Seattle’s Museum of Flight (the West Coast’s version of the Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian) and founded a waterfront community in Seattle, aptly named “Innis Arden.”

Fifth generation Washingtonian Barbara Hiscock Spaeth is a Seattle resident and graduate of the University of Washington. She began her career in journalism as the first female on-air television news reporter for KING-TV (NBC Seattle), went on to win an Emmy at KOMO (ABC Seattle) and became the first female radio news director in the region. Spaeth is the author of several local histories, has been active in Seattle historic preservation and is currently the National Historian for The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.

Sunday, March 5, 2017
Doors open at 4:00 pm; lecture 4:30–5:30 pm

Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point, Tod’s Driftway, Old Greenwich, CT

Admission is free, but reservations are required.
RSVP 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

Light refreshments will be served.


How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution: Walter Isaacson to Lecture on the History of 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 underwritten by The Resource Foundation and is 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! 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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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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