Lunch and Learn

Sheffield Island Lighthouse

LNL LighthouseLunch & Learn Series
Refreshments at 12:30 
Presentation at 1:00 
East Campus Forum 

 

March 20 – Sheffield Island Lighthouse 

Just outside Norwalk Harbor, the stone Mid-Victorian lighthouse that still stands was built in 1868 and, along with the Keepers Cottage (circa 1827), is listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. Owned and maintained by the Norwalk Seaport Association, we offer a cultural, environmental and historical journey to Sheffield Island Lighthouse. The speaker takes you through a timeline from when the island first changed hands from the Native Americans to our present day restoration projects.

Peter Bondi is Chairman of the Sheffield Island Lighthouse Committee. He has been involved with the Norwalk Seaport Association for over 35 years, helping and overseeing the ongoing projects at Sheffield Island.



West Point’s Greatest Football Years

LNL West Point flagLunch & Learn Series
Refreshments at 12:30 
Presentation at 1:00 
East Campus Forum

 

March 27 – West Point’s Greatest Football Years

Author Jack Cavanaugh takes us back to the war years of 1944-1946 when the West Point Army football team was the unbeatable top-rated college team in the country. This was mostly due to college football’s greatest backfield duo, Heisman Trophy winners Glenn Davis and Felix Blanchard. In addition to the Army’s football accomplishments, this story also explores the history of West Point during the war years and the tumultuous first years following the end of World War II.

Jack Cavanaugh graduated from Syracuse University and worked as a reporter for a number of Northeast newspapers as well as ABC and CBS News. He spent most of his career writing for The New York Times. Currently, he is an editorial columnist for the Stamford Advocate. Jack has authored six books and is an adjunct professor at University of Connecticut-Stamford, Quinnipiac University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.



Drones: Uses and Developments

MQ-1 PredatorLunch & Learn Series
Refreshments at 12:30 
Presentation at 1:00 
East Campus Forum 

 

April 10 ─ Drones: Uses and Developments

Jay A. Dirnberger saw his first unmanned aerial vehicle while serving in South Vietnam in 1968.  His presentation includes a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of using drones for military and political purposes. It also features several of the important technical developments that accompanied the growth of a whole new commercial industry. We also look briefly at drones being used in underwater ventures.

Jay A. Dirnberger is active in several public service projects.  He earned a BA in History from the University of Buffalo and an MBA from New York University.



The New Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

LNL Lockwood MatthewsLunch & Learn Series
Refreshments at 12:30
Presentation at 1:00 
East Campus Forum 


April 17
 ─ The New Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Come see and hear about Norwalk’s only National Historic Landmark. After a brief overview of the mansion’s 19th and 20th century history, Executive Director Susan Gilgore presents the museum’s new 2015 programs and highlight the opening, for the first time, of the “Servants’ Quarters”.  Access to them has been made possible by the long-awaited installation of an ADA-approved elevator and updated rest room facilities. In an exhibit entitled “The Stairs Below: The Mansion’s Domestic Servants, 1870-1920”, the museum has created interpretive tours and exhibit spaces that explore the lives of the people who worked at the mansion and whose stories have never been told before. The museum’s 2015 programs will highlight themes such as the immigrant experience, housing, social justice and economics during the Victorian era. 

Susan Gilgore was born in Paris, France, and earned a PhD in political science from the University of Milan, Italy. She began pursuing her love of the arts in New York City as assistant curator/editor for the Arthur Sackler Foundation and the AMS Foundation for the Arts, Science and Humanities. She also assisted at the Guggenheim Museum, worked for the University Archives Company in Westport and served as marketing director for the Connecticut Grand Opera & Orchestra. Susan has worked for the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum since 2009, where she is currently the Executive Director. 



Jordan Freeman: The Fight to Set a People Free

LNL Rev Black SoldierLunch & Learn Series
Refreshments at 12:30 
Presentation at 1:00 
East Campus Forum 

 

April 24 – Jordan Freeman: The Fight to Set a People Free

Jordan Freeman, a native of Lyme, Connecticut, was an African-American servant of Colonel William Ledyard in the Revolutionary War. Although not an enlistee himself, he witnessed key events in the War for Independence. Historians estimate the 5,000 black soldiers served in the war, including nearly 500 from Connecticut. This presentation and reenactment is based on extensive research at the Connecticut State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History.

Kevin Johnson is an employee of the State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit.  Many of you may remember his reenactment in October, 2012 on William Webb, a black Civil War soldier.



Weir Farm National Historic Site

LNL Weir FarmLunch & Learn Series
Refreshments at 12:30 
Presentation at 1:00 
East Campus Forum 

 

 

May 1 ─ Weir Farm National Historic Site

The Weir Farm National Historic Site is your local national park. The park was home to

three generations of American artists and is one of the nation’s finest remaining sites of American art. Visitors from all over the world come to experience the stunning landscape, tour the artist’s home and studios and create artwork of their own in a setting that has been inspiring artists for over 130 years. Kristin Lessard speaks about the park’s history, offerings and opportunities.

Kristin Lessard is a park ranger and a Youth, Education and Volunteer Programs Coordinator.



Musical Variety Program

LNL Music lavederLunch & Learn Series
Refreshments at 12:30 
Presentation at 1:00 
East Campus Forum 

 

 

May 8 ─ Musical Variety Program 

Brian Gillie, singing and playing the piano, entertains us with a diverse program of Hollywood, Broadway, Swing Era and Blues music.  He connects with seniors by chatting, listening and performing with TLC. Revitalized memories are healing, soothing and nourishing.

Brian Gillie is a fulltime performer-educator with the Arts for Learning Connecticut and the Connecticut Office of Culture and Tourism.