Discover town’s past with historical talk series

Think you know the history of Greenwich? Find out as the library and the Greenwich Historical Society team up to examine town communities and neighborhoods in a series of six informative talks by local experts and historians.

Next up, historian Susan Richardson will present the Glenville program on Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room at Greenwich Library.

Ms. Richardson is a member of the Greenwich Historical Society and chairman of the Historical Preservation Committee. She will discuss the historical development of Glenville into a manufacturing center.

At one time, Greenwich was composed of several separate communities which united in 1854 for budgetary reasons to form the Borough of Greenwich. Each community had its own personality or character based on demographics, industry and agriculture.

Once they united, a rich, diverse community emerged. Future talks will cover Horseneck, Cos Cob, Old Greenwich, and the role of Planning & Zoning through the summer and fall.

Historian Davidde Strackbein will discuss the Horseneck neighborhood on Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. Ms. Strackbein is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the historical society. She has a MA in history from Sarah Lawrence College. She will explain how Horseneck changed primarily from an agricultural community to the central business section of town.

The history of Cos Cob will be presented on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. by Lou Caravella, the unofficial “Mayor of Cos Cob.” Cos Cob was the main maritime port for shipping agricultural products including apples and potatoes to New York, Long Island and Connecticut communities. In the early 20th Century, Cos Cob became the center of an art community.

Author and historian Missy Wolfe will present the history of Old Greenwich on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 2 p.m., as well as her recent book Insubordinate Spirit. She will discuss the hardships faced by early settlers in the early 1600s.

Town Planner Diane Fox will wrap up the series on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. by talking about the role of Planning & Zoning in the development of Greenwich.

The Greenwich Plan of Conservation and Development has served as a guide in land use planning.

Residents who have a unique perspective and first-hand knowledge of the history of the various sections of Greenwich are encouraged to contact the Local History office at 203-622-7948 to share their information.

This series is free and open to all.

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