Greenwich Historical Society receives $1,500 grant

Connecticut Humanities has announced that four state organizations will share nearly $5,000 in grant money to support humanities-based programming. The projects range from a performance on immigration, gender and race in Greenwich to a panel discussion celebrating how different places influenced the work of Connecticut playwright Eugene O’Neill.

The largest of the grants ($1,500) was awarded to the Greenwich Historical Society, which is partnering with the Greenwich Library to host a free performance and conversation on immigration, gender and race in America. It’s based on author Chimamande Adiche Ngozi’s book “Americanah” and features traditional Igbo folklore and music. The program is part of Greenwich Reads Together, a community-wide experience that engages town residents by encouraging them to read a single book. The program will be held on Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bush-Holley Historic Site.

The Association for the Study of Connecticut History received a $1,400 grant to host a daylong conference on Connecticut and World War I in collaboration with the history department at Central Connecticut State University and the Connecticut State Library. The program will focus on the role played by Connecticut and its citizens during The Great War. Author Edward Gutierrez will offer the keynote address followed by a screening of “Never Forgotten,” a documentary about Torrington Sgt. Paul Maynard. The conference takes place on Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CCSU.

The Minor Memorial Library in Roxbury has received a $1,000 grant to fund “Inside, Outside, All Around the Town(s),” a free, five-part lecture series. The series looks at different eras in communities around Connecticut. It has been organized to coincide with the republication of “Roxbury: A Historical and Architectural Survey” by the Roxbury Historic District Commission, and with the revitalization of the Hodge Library building. The lectures take place in the Hodge Memorial Library & Museum building on Thursdays at 7 p.m., beginning Oct. 8 and concluding Nov. 5.

A $1,000 grant will fund a program called “The Power of Place” by the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theater Center, consisting of a tour of an exhibit at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum followed by a panel discussion at Connecticut College in New London. The program will focus on how different places influenced O’Neill’s writing, and how his writing influenced those communities. “The Power of Place” will be held on Oct. 16, beginning with a 4 p.m. tour of the exhibit and followed by a 5:30 p.m. panel discussion.

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