This lecture by Lucinda MacKethan will explore the social as well as personal and artistic motivations of the famous Seton family--father Ernest Thompson Seton (author, wildlife artist and founder of the Woodcraft Indians and Campfire Girls--precursors to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America); mother Grace Gallatin Seton (author, suffragist and WWI motor unit organizer); and daughter, celebrated historical novelist Anya.
MacKethan will give a virtual tour of the five houses that they built between 1900 and 1951, four of which claimed Greenwich addresses. Ernest Thompson Seton built his last residence, Seton Castle, on the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Anya Seton resided at her home Sea Rune on Binney Lane in Old Greenwich until her death in 1990. (The home has since been demolished.) Through these personal spaces, we can track the course of the Setons’ lives as successful writers, prominent American personalities, and as a complex and ultimately failed family.
MacKethan has been researching and publishing articles about the Setons for years, making extensive use of the Greenwich Historical Society archives, which houses a large collection of materials connected with the family. She is currently working on a full-length biography of Anya Seton, which also draws on information gathered from interviews with the author’s daughters and granddaughter.
Members: $10; nonmembers $15
Reservations required. Visit http://www.greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.