Spring is one of the loveliest times of the year in Greenwich. Wherever you look, the landscape is in bloom with a profusion of flowering trees, bushes and spring bulbs. It’s yet another reason to be proud of our beautiful community. In fact, we have found that one of the things that fans of the Greenwich Historical Society share is pride in this unique town. As citizens, we look for ways to support the people and institutions that make living here so special. One way you can help to maintain that quality of life is by making a gift to the Greenwich Historical Society’s Annual Fund Campaign.
Your gift supports a Greenwich institution that continually contributes to the beauty and vitality of the community with:
- The Library and Archives, which actively chronicles the life of our town for future generations.
- Education programs and exhibitions that allow people of all ages to better understand their connection with past citizens and events.
- Preservation initiatives that safeguard an architectural heritage that includes the National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House, the site of the Cos Cob art colony.
Annual Fund contributions from individuals make up the largest source of funding for the Greenwich Historical Society’s operations. Your gift of any size will help meet this year’s goal of $550,000. Please use the envelope in this newsletter to make a tax-deductible gift before June 30, 2013. You’ll be proud you did!
Antiquarius 2013: The Historical Society gets in the holiday spirit
This year Antiquarius, the Historical Society’s much-anticipated holiday events and major fundraiser, again hosts the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show, adds two designer events, and continues the ever-popular Holiday Boutique and Holiday House Tour. Don’t miss the excitement of this extraordinary week—filled with design ideas, gift possibilities and holiday cheer.
The Winter Antiques Show opens with a themed preview party Friday evening, December 6. The show itself continues through Sunday, with two special events on Saturday featuring nationally known designers.
Then the Holiday Boutique opens Tuesday evening, December 10, and continues through Wednesday, the day of the Holiday House Tour. This year the Boutique will be at Christ Church Greenwich Parish Hall with a stellar selection of vendors. The House Tour will showcase fabulous five homes from the Old Greenwich to the backcountry including:
- A Normand-inspired guest cottage and epicurean retreat
- A post-Civil War jewel showcasing collections of American scrimshaw and hot rods
- A stunningly-restored 1930s Georgian restoration designed in collaboration with Bunny Williams
- A House Beautiful cover story, Hamptons-style seaside home designed for family living and entertaining
- A Federal-era home replete with Swedish antiques, beautiful art and hand-loomed fabrics
Please join us for the festivities. As the Historical Society’s major fundraiser, your support of Antiquarius is vital.
Look for more information under the “Membership + Support” tab at the top or click Antiquarius 2013 under “events+programs.”
Landmark Series by Susan Nova, featuring the Town's Most Historically Significant Architectural Treasures
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Greenwich Historical Society's Landmark program, formerly known as "Signs of the Times." The program was created in 1987 to recognize, document and preserve the architectural heritage of Greenwich. Since then, the Historical Society has plaqued nearly 300 homes from Colonial to Post-modernist structures, both public and private. Participating homeowners receive a bronze plaque, documentation in the form of a title search and a narrative highlighting architectural details–and the sometimes-surprising history of previous occupants.
As part of the celebration to mark this milestone, Susan Nova, longtime real estate columnist for the Greenwich Time, will be partnering with the Historical Society to produce an article each month that will feature a historically significant home plaqued by the Historical Society.
In colorful narrative, Nova will examine the historical features of the homes, look at their transformation over time to suit the changing needs of their owners, relate tales of past owners, feature interviews with current homeowners and examine the experience of living in and preserving a historic home.
Overall, the series will trace the architectural heritage of Greenwich over time and explore the importance of these homes as part of our historic landscape. In telling the stories of these homes, the Historical Society hopes to generate a greater awareness of architectural preservation and to emphasize the vital part they play in continuing to tell the story of our unique community and its colorful past.
Read Archivist Christopher Shields' Did you know? column from the dailygreenwich.com.
Volunteer! Want to get involved? Check out the many ways you can volunteer at the Greenwich Historical Society!
events + programs
October 9, 2013 to January 12, 2014
2013 Holiday Season
As of December 5, we cannot accept online reservations. However, tickets for all events are still available by phone. Please call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.
December 8, 2013
December 15, 2013
Willa Cather Slept Here
A Lecture by Dr. Laura Winters
January 9, 2014