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Wilton Library/WHS Scholarly Series: Connecticut Creativity: Vision + Imagination + Inspiration with Emily Gifford
April 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pmFree
In the 14th year of the collaboration between Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society, this 5-part scholarly lecture series held virtually focuses on the theme of “Connecticut Creativity.” In this final lecture of the series, Theatrical Innovation from Connecticut to London and Back Again, Emily Gifford explores William Gillette, a colorful Connecticuter whose contributions to global popular culture have persisted for over a century. Gillette enjoyed early success in the theater as an actor, playwright, and director. “His” Sherlock Holmes brought Gillette the most recognition, as well as financial rewards. He used some of his income to create a wonderfully eccentric castle overlooking the Connecticut River, a residence as ingenious as any Holmes could have imagined. Emily Gifford is an independent historian, educated in Connecticut at Trinity College (BA), Yale Divinity School (MA), and Central Connecticut State University (MA). The program is moderated by Steve Hudspeth and sponsored by Phil Lauria and Elaine Tai-Lauria. This program is being hosted by the Wilton Historical Society. No charge; donations welcome. Registration required in order to receive the live stream link. Visit the Wilton Library website for speaker details and registration.