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A Look Back at Our January Programs

Yesterday, Off the Grid provided a sneak preview into our upcoming February programs to celebrate African-American History Month. Today we want to take a look back at our January programs.

This has been a tough winter, with one snowstorm after another and some pretty cold temperatures too. Sometimes this means having to re-schedule a program, sometimes it means some people just can’t attend due to the weather.

Luckily, we have photos and videos of all the programs on our website’s past programs page, so if you wanted to attend but couldn’t you can at least see these.

"The Green Car" 1910, by William Glackens, from metmuseum.org
“The Green Car” 1910, by William Glackens, from metmuseum.org

On Tuesday, January 13 (postponed from Tuesday, January 6) we presented art historian Avis Berman in a program about artist William Glackens. Glackens was a colleague of John Sloan and one of “The Eight” who were instrumental in the Ashcan School. He was a longtime resident of the Washington Square area and Ms. Berman had curated an exhibition of his work that appeared at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY last summer, and is currently at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, closing February 16th. I’m going to see it next week!

You can see video of this program here, and photos here.

On Thursday, January 15, our very own Amanda Davis, GVSHP’s Director of Preservation and Research, presented a program on the little wooden farmhouse at 121 Charles Street. Everybody just loves this little house, especially Amanda. We were treated to this amazing story of the house that was about to be demolished back in 1967, but was so beloved by its tenants that they bought it and moved it from Yorkville on the Upper East Side to a lot on the corner of Charles Street and Greenwich Street. What an amazing journey! Unfortunately, the video for this program did not come out, but you can view Amanda’s slides as a pdf here, as well as photos here.

121 Charles Street
121 Charles Street

And then on Monday, January 20 we presented author Vernon Benjamin and his new book, “The History of the Hudson River Valley.” As you know, the Hudson River is an important part of the history of Greenwich Village. Many of us think of the Hudson River Valley as upstate. But as Vernon says, “When you think of the Hudson River Valley as you walk the streets of Greenwich Village – you’re IN it!” You can see photos of this program here, and video here.

We hope to see you at an upcoming program soon!

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