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Greenwich Historical Society Screens 'Mary Silliman's War'

Richard Donat and Nancy Palk in a scene from the movie "Mary Silliman's War."
Richard Donat and Nancy Palk in a scene from the movie "Mary Silliman's War." Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Greenwich Historical Society will show the movie "Mary Silliman's War," about the American Revolution.

The movie is from 3-5 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the society's Vanderbilt Education Center, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob.

The movie is set during the fourth year of the American Revolution. Not only are Americans at war with the British, but they are also at odds among themselves.

Silliman's town of Fairfield, Conn. and her own family are no exception. Her neighbors are divided between those still loyal to the king and those fighting for independence. Silliman is in conflict with her husband, Selleck, a fierce patriot and prominent state's attorney, for prosecuting old friends and neighbors and harshly applying revolutionary justice. A well-educated woman, she struggles through the war to entertain officers, house refugees, and manage a farm and its finances, but when her husband is kidnapped and held for ransom, she is also required to set a dangerous plot in motion to win his freedom.

The award-winning film directed by Stephen Surjik is based on Joy Day Buel and Rich Buel Jr.'s book "The Way of Duty," with materials taken from Mary Silliman's diary and letters exchanged with Selleck during his imprisonment, many now archived with the Silliman family papers at Yale University.

The movie costs $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Popcorn and light refreshments will be served. Reservations required. For tickets, visit or call 203-869-6899, ext. 10.

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