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The 21st Annual Brendan Gill Lecture to feature Award-Winning Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley discussing President John F. Kennedy and the 50th Anniversary of America’s Race to the Moon.

Friday, June 7, 2019 from 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy is delighted to announce that award-winning historian and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Douglas Brinkley will present the 21st Annual Brendan Gill Lecture on June 7, 8:00 p.m., at the Bronxville High School auditorium.

Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, a CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.

He has published 39 books, including his most recent, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, to be released by Harper Collins on April 2, 2019. The book details JFK’s ambitious space program and chronicles the dawn of space politics. Walter Isaacson said, “Doug Brinkley recounts, with deep research and exciting narrative, the bold spirit and faith in innovation that was embodied in Kennedy’s decision to launch a mission to the moon.”

Brinkley’s previous publications have garnered numerous awards including the Sperber Prize, the Robert F. Kennedy prize, the Arthur S. Link-Warren F. Kuehl Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize among others. He has received honorary doctorates from numerous institutions of higher learning as well as Ohio State University’s Humanities Alumni Award of Distinction.

Brinkley also has a passion for jazz, folk, and rock ‘n roll music. In 2007, he won a Grammy Award for co-producing Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom and was nominated for a Grammy for Gonzo, his collaboration with Johnny Depp on the soundtrack for Alex Gibney’s documentary on American journalist and author Hunter S. Thompson.

In the world of public history, Brinkley works in many capacities including boards, museums, colleges, and historical societies. He is a member of the Century Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him “America’s New Past Master,” and CNN proclaimed Brinkley, “a man who knows more about the presidency than any human being alive.” The New-York Historical Society has chosen Brinkley as its official U.S. Presidential Historian.

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy presents the Brendan Gill Lecture each year as a gift to the community. The lecture is named for former Bronxville resident, editor and writer, Brendan Gill, who was a champion of architectural preservation and other visual arts.

To register for this free public lecture, email: or call 914-961-6790.

Bronxville’s World War I — Service at Home and Abroad During the Great War

Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Yeager Room, Bronxville Public Library

Bronxville and World War I

Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 4:00 pm

By Suzanne Pratt Davis, Member, Board of Directors, The Bronxville Historical Conservancy

Apr. 17, 2019:  The Bronxville Historical Conservancy is thrilled to announce a public lecture on Bronxville and World War I by village historian Raymond Geselbracht on May 5 at 4:00 pm at the Bronxville Public Library. “Bronxville’s World War I—Service at Home and Abroad During the Great War, 1914-1918” will be presented by Geselbracht using photographs and documents from the Bronxville History Center.

“The biggest surprise I encountered during my research on Bronxville and World War I was the way in which a war, which started with an assassination in Bosnia, reached so powerfully 4,000 miles across the world into the lives of the people of the little village of Bronxville,” said Geselbracht. In the lecture, he plans to detail the stories of Bronxville men who fought in Europe during the Great War as well as the efforts of Bronxville women on the home front.

For more than two decades, Geselbracht worked at the Harry S. Truman Library as special assistant to the director and as a supervisory archivist. Prior to those positions, Geselbracht was an archivist with the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Materials Project and an archivist at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library.

Geselbracht is the co-editor, with David Acheson, of Affection and Trust: The Personal Correspondence of Harry S. Truman and Dean Acheson (2010). He has also penned numerous articles on the personal lives of Harry and Bess Truman, including “The Love Story of Harry and Bess Truman,” (White House Studies, 2001) and “Harry Truman, Poker Player” (Prologue, 2003).

In 1973, Geselbracht received his doctorate in American history from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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