This Place Matters! Photo Contest

This Place Matters logoThis Place Matters! Photo Contest

Do you love Greenwich, CT? What place in this town inspires you the most? We want to know!

Photos must be of Greenwich, CT and include a caption that identifies the location. Caption must also explain why the place in the photo matters to the person who submitted it and/or to the person/people in the photo. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them. By submitting a photo you acknowledge that the Greenwich Historical Society has rights to use it in social media, public relations, and for other promotional purposes.

How to Participate

Snap a photo of a place in Greenwich that matters to you — be in the photo if you want or pose your friends, family, and/or pets!

Please include your first and last name, the photo’s location, and identify the people in the photo. Please write a sentence or more about why the place is special to you.

How to Submit a Photo

The photo contest is live on our Facebook page. You can submit a photo, see all the photos, and vote for your favorite one.

Or you can email the photo to admin@greenwichhistory.org.

And/or you can post on social media: Use hashtags #thisplacematters #thisplacemattersgreenwich; Instagram: @greenwichhistory @SavingPlaces; Twitter: @GrnHistCT @SavingPlaces; and Facebook: @GreenwichHistoricalSociety

Contest entries will be narrowed down by criteria including popular vote and then submitted to a panel of judges who will pick five winners.

Last day for submitting photos: July 12, 2017 at noon. Winners will be announced at the Greenwich Founders’ Day event at Tod’s Point on July 18, 2017. Prizes will be awarded to the top five entries judged by an independent panel of Greenwich residents with an interest in preservation.

5 Valuable Prizes

  • Tickets for two adults to the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show Preview Party December 1, 2017
  • Tickets for two adults to the Antiquarius Holiday House Tour December 6, 2017
  • One annual family membership to the Greenwich Historical Society
  • One family pass to the Greenwich Historical Society Fall Festival October 8, 2017
  • A collection of Greenwich-themed books for children and adults

We invite all residents − children, students, adults and seniors − to participate in this modern documentary project by taking a photograph of a cherished place or structure in their community and sharing their story, however brief or long, about why it is important to preserve.

About Greenwich Preservation Month

First Selectman Peter Tesei  issued a proclamation recognizing May as Preservation Month. Timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Landmarks Recognition Program  on May 7, Greenwich Preservation Month and the This Place Matters! campaign encourage residents to focus on the importance of preservation for maintaining Greenwich’s rich cultural heritage by sharing the places and stories that make Greenwich such a cherished place worth preserving.

This Place Matters! is inspired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s initiative to encourage preservation.

 

Bush-Holley House at Christmastime

‘Tis the season! Photos of the Greenwich Historical Society campus decorated for the holidays:

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Christmas garland on the porch of Bush-Holley House

 

Cardinal decorationBush-Holley House Interior Decorated for the Holidays

Every December, Bush-Holley House is decorated in a historically accurate way with an ornamented tree, fir garlands, and stockings by the fireplace.

Christmas was not widely celebrated during the Bush family years as Puritans considered Christmas traditions derived from pagan rituals. By the time the Holleys occupied the house though, Christmas traditions included a tree, visiting friends and family, presents, and special meals. 

 

What is now called Bush-Holley House was built in stages starting ca.1730. Beginning in 1738 the house was owned by the Bush (Dutch, originally Bosch; no relation to the political Bushes) family.

Its life as a boardinghouse began in 1848 when the now much-expanded home passed out of the Bush family. Josephine and Edward Holley operated it as a boardinghouse for artists and writers beginning in 1882 and passed it to their daughter Constant Holley following her marriage to the artist Elmer MacRae in 1900.

Christmas was popularized starting with the publication of Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” in 1822 and later with a photo of Queen Victoria and her family around a table-top Christmas tree in 1847. As the 19th century came to a close, it was becoming more common for trees to be full size with all the trimmings rather than small table-top displays.

Christmas 1910 at Bush-Holley House, with MacRae twins Clarissa and Constant, daughters of Constant Holley and artist Elmer MacRae

Living at the Holley house in 1910 were Constant (age 39) and Elmer (age 35); their twin daughters, Clarissa and Constant (age 6); Constant’s parents, Edward P. Holley (age 72) and Josephine (age 61); Sally Hudson (age 26), an African-American servant; and, according to the 1910 census, two roomers—Isabel Fowler (age 44) and Carolyn Mase (age 42).

Antique Christmas card in the collections of the Greenwich Historical Society’s William E. Finch, Jr., Archives