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Filmmaker Brings 'Gatsby In Connecticut' To Ventfort Hall

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LENOX, Mass. — Filmmaker and director Robert Steven Williams will share elements of his documentary film "Gatsby in Connecticut, the Untold Story" at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in person and via Zoom on Sept. 7 at 4:00 P.M. as part of its Tuesday Talks.
According to Williams, the writer’s inspiration came not from his time spent on Long Island’s Gold Coast, but rather from the  summer of 1920 in Connecticut during Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s honeymoon in Westport. 
With historian Richard Webb, Williams dug into the Princeton University Archives; they interviewed many scholars of the book’s author, and met with Scott and Zelda’s granddaughter.
Williams will show exclusive video clips from "Gatsby in Connecticut", as well as archival footage and never-before-seen photos of Westport and New York from the 1920s.
"Gatsby in Connecticut," featuring Sam Waterston and Keir Dullea, was chosen by The New Yorker as one of the 36 films for Best Movies of 2020.  It was selected by ten film festivals that year and also won Best New England film at the Mystic Film Festival. 
The full-length documentary is on Google Play.  
The admission for the Williams talk is $20 per person either in attendance at Ventfort Hall or via Zoom.  To order on Zoom visit To attend at Ventfort Hall reservations are strongly recommended. Call (413) 637-3106. 
The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.  The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks is sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

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Ventfort Hall: Showcasing 18th Century, Victorian and Jazz Age Fashions

LENOX, Mass. — Diane Shewchuk, Curator at the Albany Institute of History & Art, will provide at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum and via Zoom a glimpse into what is involved in the creation of exhibitions featuring historic clothing.  
She will make her presentation called "Showcasing 18th Century, Victorian & Jazz Age Fashions" on Sept. 14 at 4:00 pm at Ventfort Hall's concluding 2021 Tuesday Talk.
In this behind-the-scenes presentation, Shewchuk will discuss how dresses made of fragile silks and beaded chiffons are carefully put on mannequins. She will also talk about creating the proper silhouette and show you secrets of the dress trade by looking inside dresses from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries with an emphasis on Victorian dresses made by Charles Frederick Worth.
In her exhibition, "Well Dressed in Victorian Albany," Shewchuk shared fifty examples from the Albany Institute's extensive collection of 19th century clothing. Examples of late 18th and early 19th century garments were included in her exhibition "The Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle." On August 28, the museum will have showcased other dresses from the collection in the exhibition "Fashionable Frocks: The Look of the 1920s." Shewchuk's presentation at Ventfort Hall will shine a spotlight of some of the amazing garments that were included in these three exhibitions.
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