World War I Illustrators of America-How Harry Townsend and F.C. Yohn Help Win the War

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Three Part Lecture Series

Commemorating the Centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI

Second Lecture

World War I Illustrators of America

How Harry Townsend and F.C. Yohn Helped Win the War

with James Thompson

Last Night of the War by Frederick Coffay (F. C.) Yohn

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

7:00pm

James Thompson, author of Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created Their Art and its sequel, Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created America, will commemorate two of Norwalk’s greatest artists. Harry Townsend and Frederick Coffay (F. C.) Yohn, both well-known before WWI, secured lasting fame with works they produced during the Great War.

Townsend was recruited into the American Expeditionary Force to create a pictorial history of “our boys” in the field. Yohn spent the war in his New York studio depicting the hardship and heroism of the men who were “making the world safe for democracy”. Yohn’s images were seen by untold numbers of readers of America’s most popular magazines. Thompson will explain how Uncle Sam used the art of men like Harry Townsend and F. C. Yohn to win the war, and how the images they created reshaped the way Americans perceived themselves. He will present examples of both man’s work and show how they became stars in the constellation of American Illustration.

Admission: $5

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Net proceeds support the Norwalk Historical Society’s educational programs and exhibits.

Sponsored in part

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Mill Hill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT

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Silvermine: Celebrating Its Art, History and Beauty

with Samuel Schmitt

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

6:30pm

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Discover Silvermine’s rich history during this celebratory lecture, by author Samuel Schmitt.  Schmitt is the author of the new Images of America book: Silvermine. Signed copies of the book will be for sale after the presentation.

Silvermine is known today for its natural beauty, its Arts Center, and home to the former Silvermine Tavern, but few are aware of its rich history. Encompassing sections of New Canaan, Norwalk and Wilton, CT, learn how Silvermine went from a small mill town during the 18th and 19th centuries to a vibrant artist colony, when in the early 20th century, artists came to the area, attracted by the scenery, proximity to the art scene in New York, and the old mills which proved ideal studios.

These artists formed the Silvermine Guild of Artists, a haven for art of all kind.  The high quality of the work of the early Silvermine artists compares favorably with the members of the better known colonies in Old Lyme and Cos Cob.

On view in the 1835 Town House at Mill Hill, where the lecture will be presented, is a new salon-style art exhibit, Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art, which features the works of many Silvermine Guild artists from the early to mid 20th century.

Admission: $5

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Light refreshments will be served

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Net proceeds support the Norwalk Historical Society educational programs and exhibits.

In Partnership

Norwalk Association of Silvermine Homeowners


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VENUE

Mill Hill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT

Follow signs for parking

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