About Us

The Greenwich Historical Society represents Greenwich at its core—a town as firmly rooted in our nation’s past as it is in shaping its future; home to economic leaders from early farmers to Gilded Age barons, local merchants to global business trailblazers; committed to the arts—as the cradle of American Impressionism and the inspiration for artists, writers, designers and architects. With its proximity to rocky coastline and rolling hills, Greenwich is New England village and New York suburb; global and local in its interests, perspectives and influence.

We need history to ground us in our shared stories, to make sense of the world unfolding today

Community

Today, the Greenwich Historical Society provides a sense of place in a digital world, with Community-building programming to promote a sense of belonging; Outreach that draws a town of diverse people, experience and ideas together in our shared stories; Resources for learning, exploring and preserving our history and Educational opportunities for thousands of local children and lifelong learners.

Outreach

Greenwich Historical Society enriches our community by offering dynamic programs and exhibitions that spark dialogue, inspire meaningful collaborations and inform the challenges of the future. We are committed to providing important historical context to issues of our time and to offering an environment where diverse perspectives can be heard and collective solutions explored.

The Museum–School Partnership

The Museum–School Partnership offers free programs to every child in 1st through 5th grade at Hamilton Avenue School, a Title 1* school, including quilt making, providing artists in the classroom to teach self-portraiture, and training as junior docents at Bush-Holley House. We are committed to broadening our Title 1 Museum-School Partnership to two additional local schools.
Exhibits focusing on Greenwich, including the award-winning exhibit An American Story | Finding Home in Fairfield County, An American Odyssey: The Jewish Experience in Greenwich, and An Eye to the East: The Inspiration of Japan, inspired community and conversation among cultural groups to explore shared history and experience.

Resources

History, saved and preserved, is the foundation for future generations. By preserving authentic and meaningful documents, artifacts, images, stories and places, future generations have a foundation on which to build and know what it means to be a member of the community.

Serving curious minds of all ages– researchers, writers, genealogists and those looking to connect modern Greenwich with its rich history and sense of place–the Archives collections offer state-of-the-art research opportunities and preservation of treasured artifacts.

By 2023, we will have finding aids for over 100 distinct collections and more than 100,000 images freely accessible to the public via our Digital Collections Portal at digital.greenwichhistory.org.

Expanding access to our archival resources supports the work of students, teachers, scholars and residents.

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Education

History teaches vital skills. Historical thinking requires critical approaches to evidence and argument and develops contextual understanding and historical perspective, encouraging meaningful engagement with concepts like continuity, change, connection and the ability to interpret and communicate complex ideas clearly and coherently.

Schools need our help. Instruction time for history has decreased significantly in public and private school curricula, while the need for critical-thinking, well-informed young minds becomes more important than ever. Privately funded institutions like the Greenwich Historical Society need to fill the crucial gaps with resources and educational programming that support teachers and children.

Events

As part of our effort to nag and bring together the community, the Greenwich Historical Society hosts events throughout the year offered to members and the public. Events include the Tavern Garden Markets, Music,  education, gardening, crafts and more.