‘a great legacy to live on’

GREENWICH — About 90 years ago, the Greenwich Historical Society began. In honor of its anniversary, townspeople are invited to learn more about Greenwich, from its first settlers to its distinct neighborhoods.

Speaking at the first public gathering of members of the new non-profit organization at the Old Greenwich Library in 1932, the association’s first president, Alice Binney, said the society would instill “civic pride in our town native,” according to a press account of the event.

Binney told the crowd of 156 at the library, later renamed the Perrot Memorial Library, “We have a great legacy to live on and real work to continue it.”

The Greenwich Historical Society is celebrating its 90th anniversary with a series of lectures, walking tours and programs, starting with a launch party Thursday at the historical society’s headquarters at 47 Strickland Road.

“Discover Greenwich” will connect local residents to the community and its heritage, as the company has done for generations, said chief executive Debra Mecky.

“Since 1931 we have been collecting the history of Greenwich – a history that would have been lost without an institution reaching every part of our community,” she said.

Over the years, the facility has been a resource for research, education, art and culture, Mecky noted, and the Bush-Holley House where the historical society is located is a “community treasure.” The company moved to the Cos Cob site in 1957 from a room in the Perrot library.

The ‘Discover Greenwich’ events will appeal to history buffs of all ages – “they are designed to appeal to the whole family, something for everyone, to discover our town, get out and rediscover Greenwich”, organizers said.

The society was founded as a non-profit organization in December 1931, and Mecky said that due to the coronavirus pandemic and the disruption it entailed, “it made sense” to organize the events of anniversary in 2022.

Opening night begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a suggested donation of $20 for non-members. Prior registration is required.

First coach Fred Camillo says the city has been fortunate to have a well-resourced organization dedicated to preserving and collecting local history.

“Few cities in America have historic societies that offer the range of services spanning education, preservation, culture and the arts like Greenwich,” he said. “It has had a profound impact on the quality of life in Greenwich. These services are more important than ever in understanding and responding to the vast opportunities and challenges facing our community today and in the future.

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