Tales of Conflict and Accommodation: America's Progressive Era in Greenwich, 1890 to 1915

Lecturer Kathleen Johnson explores the dynamic between the town's old families, recent immigrants, millionaires, artists and others, circa 1900, an era of swift and complex change in American society.


In the late 1800s, the United States was rapidly becoming more urban, industrial, technologically complex and ethnically diverse. As Americans experienced swift and marked change, an interesting dynamic arose between city and country, between the old and the modern, and between working Americans and their new, super-rich contemporaries.

In an illustrated lecture, Kathleen Johnson will use incidents and images from Greenwich history to explore points of contact, conflict and accommodation. In an exploration of the lively interactions among the town’s residents–descendants of old families, recent immigrants, millionaires, artists, and others—Ms. Johnson will explore the ways Americans responded to shifting circumstances circa 1900.

The lecture takes place Tuesday, October 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Greenwich Historical Society Vanderbilt Education Center, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807. $10 Members/ $15 nonmembers. To reserve, call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10 or visit www.greenwichhistory.org.

Kathleen Johnson is former Curator and Director of Collections at Historic Hudson Valley, the Westchester County-based museum, which administers six National Historic Landmarks spanning four centuries. She is currently an independent museum consultant shepherding a variety of museum projects from concept through implementation, as well as an art history writer and lecturer.

This lecture is the first in a series of three to complement the Historical Society’s new exhibition, A Good Light, which explores the changing concept of the artist’s studios at turn of the 19th century when Cos Cob was an art colony and the epicenter for the development of American Impressionism.

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Al Brecken October 04, 2012 at 10:27 PM
There will never ever be another "Greenwich" just a there will never ever be another United States of America. I'm very thankful to be able to say that Iived in the USA during it's most glorious and exalted period , a period , I'm sad to say, that will never return.


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