Actor & Westfield Native to Speak at Historical Society Luncheon

(above) Actor and Westfield native, Gary Lee Mahmoud, along with commentary from his father, Sam Mahmoud, will present the story of “The Statue of Liberty…Meant for Egypt, Ends in America” during the First Wednesday Luncheon of the Westfield Historical Society on November 6, 2019 at Echo Lake Country Club.

“The Statue of Liberty – Meant for Egypt, Ends in America”

with Gary Lee Mahmoud

Submitted by Carol Goggi

Westfield Historical Society’s November First Wednesday Luncheon

As part of The Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series, Actor and Westfield Native, Gary Lee Mahmoud, will talk about the story of “The Statue of Liberty – Meant for Egypt, Ends in America” on November 6, 2019. The event will begin with check-in at 11:45 a.m. at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

During the eighteenth and the nineteenth century, the United States hadn’t attained her power and the world leadership that she currently enjoys. So when the Suez Canal was constructed during the period from 1859 to 1869, it was the most important world event of the time. A thirty-six year old French artist and sculptor, named Fredrick Auguste Bartholdi, offered to build a colossus statue at the northern entrance of the canal with a torch in its hand. Gary Lee Mahmoud, along with commentary from his father, Sam Mahmoud, will discuss how and why the Statue was given to America, instead.

Gary Lee Mahmoud is a native of Westfield (WHS class of ‘96). He graduated from American University in 2000 with a BA in Political Science and a minor in history before going to work as a Legislative Assistant for former U.S. Congressman John Boehner. In 2007, he moved to New York to pursue a career in the entertainment business and has since had the pleasure of performing in notable TV shows including Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU, and Jessica Jones along with movies such as The Bourne Legacy and the Oscar nominated Paul Schrader film “First Reformed” where he played Ethan Hawke’s doctor. Gary has also appeared in various online comedy shorts for The Onion, College Humor, and Above Average and a variety of commercials including the famous Eli Manning/Odell Beckham “Dirty Dancing” Super Bowl commercial. When not performing on stage or screen, Gary writes and produces sketch comedy videos for his YouTube channel Cringe Factory including viral hits that have been shared in Time Magazine and ABC’s Good Morning America.

Gary’s father, Sam Mahmoud is a historian, writer and former columnist. Currently, he is a Westfield Historical Society Trustee Emeritus. During his active membership he made sixteen presentations on ancient, Medieval and modern histories, to the Westfield Historical Society, Rotary clubs, churches and various other organizations.

Those wishing to attend the luncheon may make a reservation by email to; or, by calling 908-654-1794, before Friday, November 1. Please advise if there are special dietary needs. The luncheon fee of $35 (WHS members) or $40 (non-members) includes a three-course meal, coffee/tea, and gratuity. The luncheon fee should be paid in advance (check payable to Westfield Historical Society) by mailing to Westfield Historical Society, P.O. Box 613, Westfield, NJ 07091; or, online at Payments should be received by Friday prior to the luncheon. Westfield Historical Society memberships will also be available at the luncheon.

The Westfield Historical Society celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018. Since 1968, the 501(c)(3) non-profit Westfield Historical Society has worked to preserve, interpret and encourage interest in history, Westfield, and its residents through educational efforts and community outreach programs.

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(above) Sam Mahmoud

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