Greenwich Historical Society receives grant from Connecticut Humanities

The Greenwich Home Guard Parades up Greenwich Avenue in an image from 1917.

The Greenwich Home Guard Parades up Greenwich Avenue in an image from 1917.

The Greenwich Historical Society is pleased to announce the receipt of a $39,963 matching grant from Connecticut Humanities (CTH) in support of a new exhibition and educational programs that commemorate the centennial of the onset of World War I in Europe and examine the war’s influence on the lives of Greenwich residents — both military and civilian.

The exhibition highlights early relief and military preparedness initiatives undertaken by Greenwich citizens before the United States joined the conflict and examines the shift in public attitudes as direct military involvement and public support of the war becomes mandatory.

The Greenwich Faces the Great War exhibition will be on display at the Historical Society’s Storehouse Gallery through March 22. The exhibition features images, artifacts and documents that explore the diverse wartime experiences of Greenwich residents from all walks of life. Using a multimedia approach, visitors will use iPads for a unique audio experience (such as music, personal remembrances and dramatic readings) and travel back in time to see original photographs, newspaper reports and letters via touch-screen technology.

“The exhibition looks at the Great War through the eyes of Greenwich residents, from captains of industry to everyday citizens,” Historical Society Executive Director Debra Mecky said. “Visitors will come away with a greater understanding of why the war was an event that reshaped the way U.S. citizens viewed their place in the world order. They will also learn that we still live with a surprising number of legacies from the conflict, ranging from foreign policy and national security laws to attitudes toward personal sacrifice and remembrance.”

The CTH grant also supports an extension of the exhibition that includes a special tour and temporary installation in the historic Bush-Holley House. The house will be staged to demonstrate how inhabitants supported the war effort on the home front. Online resources for educators and students and a menu of public programs will round out the program, including performances of period music, a screening of the film The Millionaires’ Unit, and lectures on various aspects of World War I history by Chief Judge James Baker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, public historian Kathleen Hulser and Elaine Uzan Leary (in partnership with Alliance Française).

CTH is a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year. These programs bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate. Learn more by visiting

For more about Greenwich Faces the Great War and related lectures and programs, visit

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