Professor of English Paula Uruburu, author of American Eve: Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, the Birth of the “It” Girl and the Crime of the Century, will be the featured speaker at a cocktail party and tour of the AIER mansion. The event benefits the Great Barrington Historical Society and is co-sponsored by the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and the American Institute of Economic Research. This will take place this Saturday, June 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Dr. Uruburu’s American Eve is the story of the trial of millionaire Harry K. Thaw for the murder of his wife’s lover – renowned New York City architect Stanford White – which 100 years ago engendered an unprecedented media frenzy. The woman at its center was Helen of Troy and Delilah rolled into one: the original Gibson Girl, the first “It Girl,” the Girl in the Red Velvet Swing – the first supermodel celebrity, Evelyn Nesbit. Thaw was acquitted by reason of insanity, but the real story behind the “Crime of the Century” was Nesbit’s rise and fall.
The AIER Mansion is located at 250 Division St, Great Barrington, MA. For tickets and more information call 413-591-8702.