Connecticut
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Stories From The Attic

 Every weekend pieces of history are lost forever, generations of family memories, collections of a life well lived are sold or tossed - with good reason. There’s no way to store it all. Fortunately, the weekly “sort and sale” of these items brings collectors and dealers who are happy to breath new interest into them. What is lost is the connection to the people that owned them and the potential significance to local, and sometimes, national history. 

Greg Van Antwerp  knows. For decades Greg has been uncovering item after item, story after story of forgotten people, places and things that deserve another moment in the spotlight. To list a few - His discoveries are: humorous - An 1867 recipe for “Toad Ointment;” Historic - An 1861 Civil War Military Pass to the front at Bull Run; Entertaining - The 1932 home movies of a Broadway Playwright. Even more fascinating are the stories behind their discovery, research and return. 

 As a self-styled Urban Archeologist, Greg divides his time between his passions for searching out these hidden nuggets of history and his enthusiasm for sharing them with audiences. Having captured stills and video of many of his best finds he can present audiences with numerous “as it happened” moments in energetic and educational presentations and workshops.Every in-person presentation "STorries Frome The Attic" includes numerous exhibits of promary source historic items audiences are encouraged to handle and inspect. Greg is currently a board of trustee member of the New Milford Historical Society and participating on the educational sub-committee. 

The “Confessions of…” is just one examples of the kind of talk that Greg is able to presentation. He can customize each to fit the venue or the group. Libraries, Historical Societies, Senior Centers, Assisted Living Facilities, schools, clubs and organizations - Greg can offer several different experiences that engage participants and get them thinking about their own story, what they collect and appreciate, as well as how they can become curators of American history by learning to be Urban Archeologists themselves. History is hiding everywhere...Let's go find it.

 

 "STORIES FROM THE ATTIC."  Can be adapted to any type or size group. My most common clients are Senior Centers, Community Centers, Libraries and Historical Societies - to these groups I offer a talk that is entertaining and informative but also provides tips and tricks as to where and how they can find these many hidden tresures I have discovered. In crafting talks for Senior Living Communities, I perform more story telling, nostalgia audio and video multi-media.

NOTE: Contactless performances are available via Zoom and other live-streaming platforms. I have been working with local community centers and have found this is an acceptable and enjoyable activity for all ages. Please inquire about how I can meet the needs of your community during the pandemic. 

 

I Have Worked With

  • March 2018

    On March 19th, 2018 I gave a performance to approximately 33 members of the community. I enjoyed interacting with individuals as they arrived  - sharing items to handle and inspect is a great way to engage and prepare everyone for the subject matter. The talk was approximat ely 45 minutes which was followed by a Q&A period and after that another period of one on one discussion and sharing with individuals. The host for the evening, Wendy McAnanama, Agawam Library Associate was very helpful from the first point of contact through to close-up at the end of the presentation. I would enjoy returning if given the opportunity. 

  • November 2017

    I was contacted by program director Gordon WIlliams to speak before the public at a presetation to be sponsored by the Newtown Historical Society. The location was the meeting room in the Newtown Public Library. I was told that they had never held a sunday afternoon presentation and this would be an experiment. On the day of the presentation November 12th, 2017 I was introduced by Mr Williams before an audience of approximately 35 people. The talk was about 45 minutes in length with time for both Q&A and one-on-one discussions with audience members. I was told by members of the Historical Society afterward that this was considered a successful experiment. I enjoyed the audience' enthusiasm and woudl return if invited.  

  • October 2017

    The Woodbury Public Library in Connecticut invited me to speak for their community on October 17th, 2017. There were 25-30 audience members and despite the alternate location due to Library renovations (walking distance to a newly renovated seior center) the facility was modern and accessible. The program director for the library, Marla Martin was very easy to work for and I always appreciate it when the staffmember who booked my presentation also stays to watch it. This is very helpful when seeking feedback for improvement, best practices.  I have uploaded an image to my profile which gives a glimpse of the evening. 

  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Greg
Job Title/Position: 
Multi-Media Presenter
Physical Address: 
87 Prange Rd
Brookfield, CT 06804
Last Name: 
Van Antwerp
Phone: 
(203) 994-8382

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Archeology
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Multi-Disciplinary
Year Founded: 
2009
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Individual Non-Artists
Activities and Services: 
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Preservation / Conservation
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
25
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Screen
projector
Fee Range Minimum: 
$200
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,500
State of Residence: 
Connecticut
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
2

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Subject Areas: 
Media
Ages Served: 
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$200
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,500