Lecturer to present 350 year history of her Westchester home

Unravel the history of a home with a lecture by Eleanor Phillips Brackbill on Oct. 3, co-hosted by the Greenwich Historical Society and the Greenwich Pen Women.

Was Eleanor Brackbill’s home really designed by Sears, Roebuck Company? Did former owners keep monkeys chained up in the back yard? Did the house actually begin life at another address?

When Ms. Brackbill began research on her suburban Westchester home, little did she know the tale would run back through 350 years of American history.

In her presentation, Ms. Brackbill will describe her eight-year journey of discovery writing her first book, An Uncommon Cape: Researching the Histories and Mysteries of a Property, and share insights into learning more about your own home’s past.

Ms. Brackbill earned an MA in art history at Boston University, completed a curatorial fellowship in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program and studied in the art history doctoral program at City University of New York. Following 25 years as a curator of education at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, she embarked on a second career writing about history.

The lecture will take place at the Vanderbilt Education Center, Greenwich Historical Society, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Oct. 3. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested. To reserve, call 203-869-6899, ext. 10.

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