Charles Dana Gibson: Portrait of an Artist; Lecturer: Chris Post The Gibson Girl
the iconic illustrative image of the “American Girl,” will be the subject of a short film and lecture hosted by The Falls-Village Canaan Historical Society on Tuesday, October 1st at 7pm. Taking place at The Falls Village Senior Center at 107 Main Street in Falls Village, the event is part of the society’s First Tuesdays at 7 lecture series and is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Call 860-824-8226 for information.
Presenter Chris Post of Claverack, NY, the great grandson of artist Charles Dana Gibson, will present a 30-minute film, “Charles Dana Gibson: Portrait of an Artist” and discuss his family’s history. The Gibson Girl, the iconic “composite of thousands of American girls,” was a model for fashion and behavior and a cultural mainstay for generations from the 1890s through the early twentieth century. While the Gibson family always knew that Gibson’s wife Irene was the inspiration for the Gibson girl, it has been a revelation that one of the artist’s models was former Falls Village resident Jobyna Howland Stringer, an early star of stage and screen who maintained a home on Rt 63.