Of Rails and Sails
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Of Rails and Sails:The Life of Arthur Curtiss James
A film by Joseph Daniel and Roger Vaughan
Henry H. "Harry" Anderson Jr., Executive Producer
Produced in association with The Herreshoff Marine Museum 

Pre-screening reception with filmmakers. Cash Bar open. Seating is on a First-Come First-Serve basis. DRESS: Black Tie to Blue Jeans

7:30 screening  SOLD OUT, no additional tickets are available today for this show

if you did not register by Wednesday night, you will need to register for the 9:30 show tonight  at this link

Second screening added at 9:30 on Thursday:  Please register and print out your ticket or show your smart phone

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About the film: Three years in the making, Of Rails and Sails:The Life of Arthur Curtiss James uses period photographs and newly discovered film footage, along with contemporary footage and re-enactment scenes, to tell the story of a man born to great wealth just prior to the dawn of the Gilded Age.

A railroad baron of startling magnitude, a significant yachtsman, and a generous philanthropist - Arthur Curtiss James was like many of his more well known contemporaries with names such as Vanderbilt, Carnegie, and Rockefeller.

But few have heard of Arthur Curtiss James, mainly by his own choice. He eschewed public celebrity during his lifetime and his enormous support of education, good works, and individuals in need was bestowed without fanfare, often anonymously.
In his private life, James displayed a keen intellectual interest, one of a highly individual nature; undertaking a voyage to Japan in 1896 to witness an eclipse of the sun; entertaining guests at his home by playing Bach on his pipe organ; hosting receptions for the likes of the Polish writer Joseph Conrad; and developing a model Swiss farm on his Newport, R.I. property where he raised Guernesy cow and other livestock.

And he was a passionate sailor. Mr. James owned three legendary yachts: Coronet, the 130-foot schooner being restored on site at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport; Aloha, a 160-foot brigantine; and Aloha, a 206-foot bark. James and his wife, Harriet Parsons, logged a staggering total of 270,000 miles on the three vessels.
James, who had no heirs, left a will that stipulated that the bulk of his $38 million dollar estate be given to various charitable, religious, and education institutions within 25 years after his death through the James Foundation which was created for that purpose. Like other great, similar fortunes, the legacy of Arthur Curtiss James was dispersed throughout a wide range of American institutions of high ideals.






54 min


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