The Lion’s Studio Art Workshop

The Lion’s Studio: Whimsical Animals Portrait Gallery
Mondays – Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6; 4pm-5:30pm; Ages 7-10. Members: $100; Non-Members: $125
Register online here >>
Examine famous portraits from significant artists and translate these techniques into a pet portrait gallery. Develop a keen understanding of why portraits are created and how to give them depth and truth. Draw, paint, color and collage portraits while also enjoying fun art exercises, gallery tours and games. Please bring in pictures of your pets. If you don’t have one, we’ll have plenty of pictures of animals to choose from.

Teacher: Cassie Walker

The Lion’s Studio Art Workshop

The Lion’s Studio: Whimsical Animals Portrait Gallery
Mondays – Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6; 4pm-5:30pm; Ages 7-10. Members: $100; Non-Members: $125
Register online here >>
Examine famous portraits from significant artists and translate these techniques into a pet portrait gallery. Develop a keen understanding of why portraits are created and how to give them depth and truth. Draw, paint, color and collage portraits while also enjoying fun art exercises, gallery tours and games. Please bring in pictures of your pets. If you don’t have one, we’ll have plenty of pictures of animals to choose from.

Teacher: Cassie Walker

The Lion’s Studio Art Workshop

The Lion’s Studio: Whimsical Animals Portrait Gallery
Mondays – Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6; 4pm-5:30pm; Ages 7-10. Members: $100; Non-Members: $125
Register online here >>
Examine famous portraits from significant artists and translate these techniques into a pet portrait gallery. Develop a keen understanding of why portraits are created and how to give them depth and truth. Draw, paint, color and collage portraits while also enjoying fun art exercises, gallery tours and games. Please bring in pictures of your pets. If you don’t have one, we’ll have plenty of pictures of animals to choose from.

Teacher: Cassie Walker

The Lion’s Studio Art Workshop

The Lion’s Studio: Whimsical Animals Portrait Gallery
Mondays – Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6; 4pm-5:30pm; Ages 7-10. Members: $100; Non-Members: $125
Register online here >>
Examine famous portraits from significant artists and translate these techniques into a pet portrait gallery. Develop a keen understanding of why portraits are created and how to give them depth and truth. Draw, paint, color and collage portraits while also enjoying fun art exercises, gallery tours and games. Please bring in pictures of your pets. If you don’t have one, we’ll have plenty of pictures of animals to choose from.

Teacher: Cassie Walker

The Lion’s Studio Art Workshop

The Lion’s Studio: Whimsical Animals Portrait Gallery
Mondays – Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6; 4pm-5:30pm; Ages 7-10. Members: $100; Non-Members: $125
Register online here >>
Examine famous portraits from significant artists and translate these techniques into a pet portrait gallery. Develop a keen understanding of why portraits are created and how to give them depth and truth. Draw, paint, color and collage portraits while also enjoying fun art exercises, gallery tours and games. Please bring in pictures of your pets. If you don’t have one, we’ll have plenty of pictures of animals to choose from.

Teacher: Cassie Walker

Museum After Dark: WWI

Museum After Dark: Connecticut and WWI
Exhibit Opening and Panel Discussion
Thursday, September 28, 6-8pm. Members: Free; Non-Members: $5.

Learn new insight into WWI with local perspectives in a panel discussion led by Dr. Elizabeth Rose, Fairfield Museum Library Director. Guests will include Cecelia Bucki, Fairfield University, Historian Michael Bielawa and Jennifer P. McLaughlin of Sacred Heart University.

Bios:
Historian Michael J. Bielawa has authored several regional histories and lectured on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts in Baton Rouge. He is a moderator for the Connecticut Humanities Council’s Literature for a Lifetime discussion series and has served as a guest curator to the Barnum Museum.

Professor Cecelia Bucki has been teaching U.S. history, with specialization in labor and ethnic history, for the last twenty-five years at Fairfield University. She has also taught at Hamilton College, Wesleyan University, and Yale University. She has been editor-in-chief of Connecticut History Review since 2011, and has recently added public history and local history to her list of courses at Fairfield. She received her PhD from University of Pittsburgh in 1991, where she studied with David Montgomery. Her research on Bridgeport ranges widely, but her main focus has been on the city from World War I through the 1930s. Her book Bridgeport’s Socialist New Deal, 1915-1936 was published in 2001; Chapter 1 details the strike wave that engulfed Bridgeport during World War I.

Jennifer P. McLaughlin is Instructor of American History, Director of Women’s Studies, and Freshman Advisor. Ms. McLaughlin is a member of the American Historical Association, and Phi Alpha Theta.

Museum After Dark: A Billion to One

John E. Herzog, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Museum of American Finance will discuss his book, A Billion to One: The Story of Herzog, Heine, Geduld, Inc., the history of the legendary Wall Street firm his family founded.

Herzog’s route to building a securities trading behemoth started modestly, when his grandfather, walking the teeming streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, began trading currencies. His father, Robert, joined these walks and learned how to earn a modest “spread” changing notes and handling remittances for newly-arrived emigres.

Robert apprenticed at a bank where his aptitude for figures and entrepreneurial yearnings led him to abandon a dependable $50 monthly wage for his first partnership. Rapid changes made him a sole proprietor very quickly, beginning a struggle just to stay in business. The family firm had survived more than prospered in 1959, when John accepted his father’s invitation to join the four others on the staff of Herzog & Co. Opportunity was elusive as he struggled to find business and develop a specialty. On a typical day, the firm made only four or five trades.

John’s most significant deal was convincing two similarly-principled brothers to put their doughnut business on hold to develop their trading careers at Herzog & Co. The very talented Irwin and Buzzy Geduld worked with John to build a company with the ability and culture ideally suited to an expanding national trading opportunity. With a long list of company shareholders, the exquisitely timed sale of Herzog, Heine, Geduld to Merrill Lynch in 2000 provided the ultimate reward.

This intimate memoir would be more believable had it not happened on Wall Street. It’s an unconventional story about integrity, not greed, where wrongs are quickly righted and fairness is never mistaken for generosity. For Herzog, the reward is sharing success with all who made it possible, and his story tells us how that happened.

Kirkus Reviews said A Billion to One is “an expert insider’s account of the securities industry that should interest active investors… The author’s insights into the industry itself are trenchant, and especially welcome in the wake of another seismic change in the regulatory landscape.”

Bio: John Herzog spent his active business career at Herzog Heine Geduld, Inc., which was founded in 1926 by his father.  He joined the firm in 1959 and spearheaded its expansion into the third-largest NASDAQ market maker in the country. He retired from the firm as Chairman Emeritus when Merrill Lynch acquired the firm in 2000.  This story is told in the book “A Billion to One” published by the Museum of American Finance on June 27, 2017.

Mr. Herzog is formerly Chairman of R.M. Smythe & Co., Inc., one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in antique stocks and bonds, banknotes, coins, autographs and photographs.  In 1988, Mr. Herzog founded the Museum of American Finance, donating part of his extensive collection of financial memorabilia to the Museum.  The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.  A graduate of Cornell and New York University Stern School, he is a former member of the NYU Stern School Board of Overseers; president of the Board of the Fairfield Museum, and a member of the American Antiquarian Society, Grolier Club, Down Town Association and the Union League Club in New York. He is Honorary Chair of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, and member of the board of the Pequot Library, Southport, CT. 

Mr. Herzog is also a Trustee Emeritus of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, VA, and was a member of the board of regents of Long Island College Hospital. He is a holder of the Ellis Island Medal.

Members: Free; Non-Members: $5.

Film Screening: “Dogs on the Inside”

Fairfield resident Breann Cunningham will show the film he produced, “Dogs on the Inside.” This documentary film is about a rehabilitation program for prisoner inmates, who are given care of stray and abused dogs at the North Central Correctional Institution in Gardiner, Massachusetts. Mr. Cunningham introduce the film and discuss animal rescue and the transformative powers of rescue, rehabilitation and adoption.

Free. Recommended for students 12+. Co-presented with the Fairfield Canine Cooperative.

Bike Tour: Getting Buried in Fairfield

Cyclists will explore the history of Fairfield and get some exercise and fresh air at the same time! Participants should meet in front of the Fairfield Museum by 9:15 a.m. for orientation, departing promptly at 9:30 a.m., returning along one of Fairfield’s designated bike routes by noon.

The journey begins with a stop at the Old Burying Ground on Beach Road where the town’s oldest identifiable grave marker dating back to 1687 is located. Walter Matis, Program Coordinator for the Fairfield Museum, will narrate the tour. Learn about the gradual evolution of burial practices in Fairfield from simple stones marking the graves of colonists, revolutionary war and later war veterans, paupers, slaves as well as members of the town’s founding gentry whose family names, such as Burr, Jennings and Merwin, now mark very well-traveled town roads. Learn how immigrant groups of various faiths influenced burial grounds, from stark graveyards to landscaped, park like settings designed to evoke a serene and spiritual environment.

Cyclists will continue to the Fairfield East Cemetery on Old Post Road and the West Cemetery on Post Road near South Pine Creek Road. The group will then travel in a northerly direction past two more cemeteries and Sturges Park, a former cemetery, before heading up the Bronson Road hill to Greenfield Hill Cemetery now under restoration near the historic Frederic Bronson Windmill.

The tour is open to cyclists age 14 and older who wear helmets and are capable of completing the ride. Cyclists not wishing to pedal up the Bronson Road hill to the Greenfield Hill Cemetery can opt out at the halfway point, where there will be an energy bar snack and rest stop at the Ogden House outside of Oak Lawn Cemetery, another stop on the tour.

Co-sponsored by the Fairfield Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee.
Members: $5 per person; Non-Members: $8 per person. Registration required! Register online here >>

Rain date: Sunday, October 22.

Kids Workshop: Sites of Our Past

Sites of the Past with the Future in our Sights! Workshop for Kids

Explore the life of a colonial child through tours and activities at the Sun Tavern, the Old Academy, Old Burying Ground and the Victorian Barn, all adjacent to the Fairfield Museum. The program will include games and crafts and will provide both a fun and educational experience kids who love history!

Two sessions will be held for ages 8 – 12: 10am-12pm or 12:30pm-2:30pm.
Free! Limited space, please register in advance online: https://sitesworkshop.eventbrite.com

This project is led by Alayna Barrios is in fulfillment of the Girl Scout Gold Award.