Last June, Curator Tania Sammons attended an Attingham Study Program, New York and the Hudson River Valley, which gave her special access to 42 historic house museums, art museums, private homes, and other historic properties and sites. Sammons will share highlights from the trip with an emphasis on New York/Telfair connections. As the inaugural lecture for the Charles J. Johnson, Jr., Memorial Lecture Series, “New York and the Telfair” will serve as a preview of the Museums’ upcoming exhibition of the same title, which will open in the summer of 2013. Johnson’s love of the Telfair inspired him, and his wife Chris, to support the museum in a variety of ways. In addition to authoring Mary Telfair: The Life and Legacy of a Nineteenth-Century Woman, Charlie Johnson volunteered as a docent, and most recently took up acting to play various parts in living history programs at the Owens-Thomas House. He and Chris were also members of many Telfair member groups, including inaugural members of the Mary Telfair Legacy Society and the Melchers’ Society. Ther will be a reception immediately following the lecture.