Elaine Leary to deliver lecture at historical society

Elaine Uzan Leary

Elaine Uzan Leary

On Nov. 18, Elaine Uzan Leary will present a program at the Greenwich Historical Society based on the travelling exhibition, American Women Rebuilding France 1917-1924.

Her talk will focus on the role Anne Morgan, youngest daughter of financier J.P. Morgan, played in rebuilding war-torn Picardie, France, through her establishment of CARD (Comité Américain pour les Régions Dévastées).

At the time of CARD’s creation, the region was utterly devastated after years of continuous conflict. Food, shelter and basic medical services were almost nonexistent. With Ms. Morgan as the catalyst, by 1923, more than 350 American women had responded and had left their homes to come to the aid of the French in their country’s reconstruction. Ms. Leary will share original photographs of the era from the Anne Morgan archives of the Franco-American Museum, Chateau of Blérancourt in Picardy, France, many commissioned by Ms. Morgan herself, who was a consummate communicator.

Elaine Vivian L’Heureux is a true Francophile. She co-founded and taught at the school of the Alliance Française and co-founded and served as lead actress for the Theatre Compagnie Bernard Uzan in Boston. Ms. Leary is currently executive director of the American Friends of Blérancourt, which supports the Franco-American Museum, Chateau de Blérancourt in Picardie, France.

Ms. Leary’s lecture is cosponsored by the Greenwich Historical Society and Alliance Française and is being held in conjunction with the Historical Society’s current exhibition Greenwich Faces The Great War (at the Storehouse Gallery). The exhibition features images, artifacts and documents that illustrate the diverse experiences of Greenwich’s military personnel, volunteers and civilians before and during WWI. Exhibition hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4:00 pm.

The lecture will run from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by a short Q&A session. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Buy advance tickets at Greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, ext. 10. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

For more information, visit Greenwichhistory.org.

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