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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.

Our CORE Fund was established in 2019 to support our efforts to expand foundational programs in four areas: Community, Outreach, Resources and Education. Community outreach is critical to fulfilling our mission, serving Greenwich with unique programs that strengthen our connections to the past, to each other and to our future. We are committed to developing broad-reach community programs that engender a sense of place, of belonging and of stewardship to the Greenwich story.

An innovative new program, Greenwich 101, designed for residents new and old, will become a “must-do” in town, bringing hundreds of residents to the campus each year.

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.

Award–Winning Exhibits

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.

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

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.

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.

We are filling the critical gaps in educational programming to support our children.

We need your help.

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.

The CORE Fund will support our three-year initiative to double the number of students served through Greenwich Historical Society’s award–winning school programs.

Help us to fulfill our mission....

to preserve and interpret Greenwich history to strengthen the community’s connection to our past, to each other and to our future.