10/23/2012 - Mattatuck Museum and Arts History Center :: Events through 11 / 01 / 2012



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19th - Cinema Fall

            Gold Diggers of 1933

20th - The Great Elephant

            Escape Book Reading

21st - Annual Julia Q. Keggi      

            Lecture - Tiffany Girls

23rd - Opening Reception for

            Jewish History Exhibit at

            the Jewish Federation in


25th - No Irish Need Apply -

            Lecture, Book Signing

26th - Cinema Fall

            My Man Godfrey

28th - Beacon Falls Bus Tour



  1st - Jazz First Thursday

            Featuring Jen Allen 

  8th - Emily Dickinson

15th - Opening Reception for

            Four Museum Exhibitions

27th - New York City Bus Trip



  6th - Jazz First Thursday

            Featuring Gina Sicilia


The Great Elephant Escape: Reading and Interactive Talk by Janice Hechter 


Saturday, October 20, 2012

at 1:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.


Children, parents and artists will enjoy award winning illustrator, Janice Hechter as she reads from her newest picture book, The Great Elephant Escape. Hechter will present a talk and PowerPoint about her illustration process and the true story behind the book.

Book signing to follow. 

The Annual Julia Q. Keggi Lecture

Glass of All Hues and Colors:

Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls


Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Suggested Donation: $10

All donations will support the Julia Q. Keggi Endowment Fund at the Mattatuck Museum.


 The Women's Glass Cutting Department at Tiffany Studios was formed as a result of a city-wide strike of the Lead Glazier's and Glass Cutting Union in 1892. The original six workers, headed by Clara Driscoll grew to thirty-five workers in less than two years. The women, known as "The Tiffany Girls," selected and cut glass for windows, mosaics, and leaded-glass lampshades. They were recognized for their nimble fingers, infinite patience, and sensitivity toward nuances of color.


Nina Gray is the co-author of A New Light on Tiffany, Clara Driscoll and the Tiffany Girls.


The lecture will be followed by a reception. RSVP requested (203) 753-0381 x10


Image: Clara Driscoll in her workroom at Tiffany Studios with her chief assistant, 1901

Opening Reception for the Exhibit,

They Found Their Way;

Earning a Living in Waterbury


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Free and open to the public.


Reception at the

Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut in Southbury (444 Main Street North)




The exhibit, which is installed at the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut, features the stories and images of twenty families who made their homes and their livelihood in Waterbury, and who continue to live and work in the city and the region.





Image: Pearl and Samuel Cohn (and helper) at Cohn's Bakery, Kingsbury Street, 1920

No Irish Need Apply:

Early Irish Settlement in the Naugatuck Valley

Book Lecture and Signing with Janet Maher


Thursday, October 25, 2012

at 5:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.


Janet Maher, a native of Waterbury, will discuss the exodus of the Irish from their country and their settlement in New Haven County.


 In her book, From the Old Sod to the Naugatuck Valley: Early Irish Catholics of New Haven County, Connecticut, Maher explores the history of Ireland through the perspective of religion and then to several Irish families whose personal stories extend to the present.


Many of the images of people, places, and maps that she included in her book will accompany her talk.

Cinema Fall: Films of the Great Depression

My Man Godfrey


Friday, October 26, 2012

at 5:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.


The four-part series concludes with My Man Godfrey starring William Powell, Carole Lombard and Alice Brady.


My Man Godfrey tells the story of a scatterbrained young socialite named Irene who hires Godfrey, a man who had previously been living on the streets. Irene quickly falls in love with Godfrey as he learns to deal with the antics of her wealthy family and hides his unexpected past. My Man Godfrey is a 1936 comedy directed by Gregory La Cava.

The All-American Valley:

A Bus Tour with Rachel Carley


Sunday, October 28, 2012

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Members: $18   Non-members: $22


Spend a leisurely afternoon with architectural historian Rachel Carley discovering two charming towns in the Naugatuck Valley and explore the rich history, remarkable architecture, and the unique and beautiful Matthies Park.


Participants will tour the remarkable village of Naugatuck where we will see the great legacy of the Whittemore family.


In Beacon Falls you will visit the Lewis House. Tour-goers will travel to Matthies Park, a remarkable feat of engineering with a network of canals in over 300 acres of land that come together to create a lake. The park is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Image: Matthie's Park in Beacon Falls, CT




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