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Unraveling the History of a Home

Was Eleanor Brackbill’s home really designed by Sears, Roebuck & Company?


Did former owners keep monkeys chained up in the back yard? Did the house actually begin life at another address? When Brackbill began research on her suburban Westchester home, little did she know the tale would run back through 350 years of American history.

On October 3, 2013, the Greenwich Historical Society and Greenwich Pen Women will partner in a program to feature author Eleanor Brackbill. Brackbill will share her eight-year journey of discovery writing her first book,An Uncommon Cape: Researching the Histories and Mysteries of a Property, and share insights into learning more about your own home’s past.

Eleanor Phillips Brackbill earned an MA in art history at Boston University, completed a curatorial fellowship in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program and studied in the art history doctoral program at City University of New York. Following 25 years as a curator of education at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, she embarked on a second career writing about history.

Greenwich Pen Women is a professional organization for women artists, composers and writers and is a branch of the National League of American Pen Women, founded in 1897.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested. Thursday, October 3, 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Vanderbilt Education Center, Greenwich Historical Society on 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807 To reserve, call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10. For more information visit