Historical Society Holds Talk on Ernest Thompson Seton


Julie Seton

On Sunday, June 11, the Greenwich Historical Society will hold a talk by Julie Seton and tour of Ernest Thompson Seton Reservation. Ernest Thompson Seton is known as a co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America, but he was also a world renowned artist-naturalist, nature writer, advocate of First Tribes, and founder or co-founder of other organizations that emphasize nature study, camp craft and character development. This talk by Julie Seton will touch on the highlights of his life with special attention to how his Greenwich estate, called Wyndygoul, was instrumental in shaping these programs.

Julie Seton, granddaughter of Julia Moss and Ernest Thompson Seton, grew up at Seton Castle, her grandparents’ homestead in Santa Fe, N.M. In 2013, she established the Seton Family Legacy Initiative to reintroduce the Setons’ work to new generations through lectures in nature, art, cultural history, and scouting. In 2015, she republished Trail of an Artist-Naturalist, her grandfather’s autobiography.

Other Seton Family Legacy Initiative projects include transcribing and publishing her grandmother’s personal diaries and writing a compendium to her grandfather’s autobiography that will include chapters on the founding of the Boy Scouts, the Camp Fire Girls (now known as the Camp Fire Organization) and the Camp Fire Club.

Seton lives in Las Cruces, N.M. with her husband, Dr. Robert Sanderson, and owns and operates a consulting business that specializes in professional communication assessments, training and emergency preparedness planning. She was the first graduate from the Rhetoric and Professional Communication doctoral program at New Mexico State University in 1996, the first doctoral graduate from any humanities program in the school’s history. She also holds degrees in communication studies, educational psychology and theater. She is an active volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.

This event, cosponsored by the Boy Scouts of America, Greenwich Chapter, will be held at the Ernest Thompson Seton Reservation, 363 Riversville Rd. An optional walking tour of the reservation and a reception, from 3 to 4 p.m., will precede the lecture. Parking is limited, carpooling suggested. Admission is free but reservations are required. RSVP to shealy@greenwichhistory.org or 203-869-6899, ext. 10.

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