Celebrating the Suffrage Centennial

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, granting American women the right to vote. The Greenwich Historical Society is celebrating this anniversary with the exhibition An Unfinished Revolution: The Woman’s Suffrage Centennial. With the Greenwich Historical Society’s present closure, many of us are spending more time indoors. For those … Read more

A Letter from the Director

To Greenwich Historical Society friends, members and supporters, Today, overlooking the quiet Cos Cob Harbor, I am sending my best wishes to you and your loved ones during an unprecedented period in our history. As we all navigate the uncertainty and change to daily routine, I want to offer an update on what we are … Read more

It’s Elementary: Greenwich Resident Helped Introduce a Famous Literary Detective to America

Greenwich is connected to a number of literary and publishing figures, but did you know that former Greenwich resident Irving Bacheller helped to introduce the legendary fictional detective Sherlock Holmes to American readers? Addison Irving Bacheller was born in upstate New York in 1859. His mother (a descendent of Mayflower settlers) named him to reflect … Read more

A Greenwich Workshop Once Helped Fuel a Renewed Interest in an Ancient Art?

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Bailey Vanderhoef originally became interested in weaving as a hobby and became so involved in the process that Mr. Vanderhoef constructed a loom at their home, Wishing Woods, on Husted Lane. Mrs. Vanderhoef created her earliest pieces on this loom, and they were of such quality that they attracted great interest. … Read more

Ceramics by Leon Volkmar

Leon Volkmar (1879–1959) was an American studio ceramicist whose pieces were deeply influenced by the forms and glaze colors of ceramics of the ancient world, many of which were rediscovered and popularized by archaeologists in the early 20th century. With the financial backing of his former pupil, Jean Rice, Volkmar established his pottery enterprise, Durant Kilns, … Read more

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