An Uncommon Cape: Researching the Mysteries of a Property at Mattatuck Museum

The Mattatuck Museum is hosting a discussion with Eleanor Phillips Brackbill, the author of An Uncommon Cape: Researching the Histories and Mysteries of a Property on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.


The book tells the story of the author’s small Cape Cod house on one-third of an acre – a story with several mysteries. A wide-ranging investigation forms the basis of an eight-year research journey – like a segment of PBS’s History Detectives – not only to solve the mysteries but also to answer the broader question, “What came before?” The book includes more than 60 images and guidelines in twenty-two sidebars to help you find the story of your home.

Eleanor Phillips Brackbill grew up in suburban Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After earning an MA in art history at Boston University, completing a curatorial fellowship in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program, and studying in the art history doctoral program at City University of New York, Brackbill began a career in art and museum education. Following twenty-five years working 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. She lives with her husband in Westchester County and is currently working on her next book, also a story steeped in American history.

Admission to the book reading is $7 for museum members and $10 for non-members. Visit the website at for more information and to register online. For area information

About the Mattatuck Museum
Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Every second Sunday of the month is no charge. Free parking is located behind the Museum on Park Place. Visit or call (203) 753-0381 for more information on all of the museum’s adult and children’s programs, events and exhibits.

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