90th-title

Featuring special guest

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Saturday, October 1, 2022

On Saturday, October 1, the Greenwich Historical Society celebrated 90 years of service to the Greenwich community at a dinner dance evoking the glamorous Café Society era and legendary El Morocco nightclub.  Funds raised from this event have gone to support Historical Society educational programs, award-winning exhibitions and stewardship of the Bush-Holley House.

Event Photos

Our 90th anniversary dinner dance was a wonderful success, thanks to the support and participation of our members, friends, special guests and sponsors.

Take a look at event highlights in our media gallery.

EASTERLY
Field Point Circle

Music by The Bob Hardwick Sound Orchestra

Special Guest

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Goodwin is the author of seven critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, including her most recent, Leadership in Turbulent Times, which incorporates her five decades of scholarship studying Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.

Well known for her appearances and commentary on television, Goodwin is seen frequently in documentaries and on television news and cable networks and late-night talk shows. In 2020, she serves as the executive producer for History Channel’s six-hour, three-night miniseries event, “Washington,” which delves into the lesser-known details of America’s first president and shows the arc of his development as a leader.

Goodwin’s interest in presidential leadership was inspired by her experience as a 24-year-old White House Fellow, working directly for President Johnson in his last year in the White House, and later assisting him in the preparation of his memoirs.

Watch keynote speaker Doris Kearns Goodwin on the night of our 90th Anniversary.

Leadership in Turbulent Times is available for purchase in the Greenwich Historical Society Museum Store

The Venue: Easterly

“Easterly epitomizes the classic Greenwich shorefront estate. It is significant both for the rarity of its type and the quality of its design. Of the many pre-World War II mansions that embellished Greenwich’s shoreline, it is one of the very few that has survived relatively intact… The architectural significance of the house, together with its outstanding setting, is further magnified by its very visible location overlooking the Island Beach ferry route. The combination of these attributes creates a bona-fide landmark.”

The architect of Easterly was Charles Alonzo Rich (1855-1943) who, with Hugh Lamb, formed the partnership of Lamb & Rich (1882-1902), one of the preeminent architectural firms of the late 19th century. Rich has been attributed with the design of a large number of collegiate buildings, including complexes at Dartmouth, Smith, Amherst, Williams, Colgate, Barnard and Pratt Institute.

Host Committee

Barbara and Ray Dalio
Isabel and Peter Malkin
Josie Merck Stevenson
Davidde and Ron Strackbein
Debbie and Russ Reynolds
Hugh B. Vanderbilt, Jr.

90th Anniversary Chairs

Holly Cassin
Barbara MacDonald
Anne Ogilvy
Heather Sargent

90th Anniversary COMMITTEE

Emily and Len Blavatnik

Cynthia Chang and Brian Scanlan

Kate and Jim Clark

Connie and Tom Clephane

Judy and Chris Collins

Alexandra and Peter Cumminskey

Colleen and Kipp deVeer

Julia and Tom Dunn

Haley and Joseph Elmlinger

Lisa and Chris Errico

Fiduciary Trust

Meredith and Brian Feurtado

Jeanine and Robert Getz

Heather and Andrew Georges

Connie Anne and Jeremiah Harris

Melissa and Carney Hawks

Ambassador Brenda Johnson and Mr. J Howard Johnson

Alexandra and Cody Kittle

Sharon Dorram Krause and Damien Krause

Elizabeth and Doug Lake

Sally and Larry Lawrence

Mara and Thomas Lehrman

 Susan Lehman

Mallory and Greg Molenkamp

Tia and Michael Mahaffy

Magdalena and Liso Miguens

Mimi and John Henry Moulton

Anne and Charles Niemeth

Indra and Raj Nooyi

Northern Trust

Dara and Tim O’Hara

Chrissy von Oiste

Kristen and Andrew Pitts

Lousie Puschel

Ashley and Robert Reid

Deborah and Charles Royce

Leigh Ann and Robert Ryan

Irene and Edward Shaw

Catherine and David Tompkins

VanderHorn Architects

The Jean and David W. Wallace Foundation

Vickie and Daniel Waters

El Morocco Nightclub

“Has there ever been a place in Manhattan more glamorous than the El Morocco? Probably not.”

In the heyday of café society, a handful of New York City nightclubs stood at the center of the world as speakeasies like the Stork Club, 21 Club and El Morocco evolved into super-sophisticated nightclubs where the young and fashionable rubbed elbows with the rich and famous.  

“El Morocco was the place to see and be seen.”

People came dressed in all their finery to see celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, Maurice Chevalier, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper and Paulette Goddard let their hair down.

At the El Morocco, two bands played while Hollywood royalty cruised the room.  There was a hierarchy in table arrangements, with the first table on the right reserved for the evening’s most glamorous visitors and the second table presided over by owner John Perona.

“You didn’t dare go unless you were perfectly turned out.”

Vogue editor Diana Vreeland recalled a particularly memorable evening when Clark Gable, star of gone with the Wind, turned up at El Morocco at the height of its chic.  As the red velvet rope was lowered at the entrance to allow them to pass, the film star took Vreeland’s hand and said “Hold on to your hat kid, this place is gonna blow!”