Curator-led tours of Greenwich Choices: 50 Objects That Illustrate Our History

Greenwich Choices: 50 Objects That Illustrate Our History explores defining moments in Greenwich’s growth and development through objects drawn from the Historical Society’s collections. In two separate behind-the-scenes tours with exhibition curator Karen Frederick, visitors will have the opportunity to examine (along with the many other items on display) why an 18th-century, homespun shirt with a bullet hole, a bill of sale for a three-year-old slave boy and a congresswoman’s carefully preserved scrapbooks all represent important turning points in the town’s history.

Shirt worn by Obadiah Mead, who was shot by a loyalist, will remind visitors of the differing opinions on independence in Greenwich during the American Revolution.

Shirt worn by Obadiah Mead, who was shot by a loyalist, will remind visitors of the differing opinions on independence in Greenwich during the American Revolution.

Visitors will have the chance to ask questions, to learn more about the selection process and to share their own responses to these unique objects. The exhibition, created in honor of the town’s 375th anniversary, provides fascinating insights into how choices made by earlier residents still resonate today and why it’s so important to collect and preserve items that document our local story.

Cocktails with the Curator: Thursday, October 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wine and light refreshments will be served.

Coffee with the Curator: Thursday, February 18, 2016, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Coffee will be served.

Admission is free for both events. Space is limited. Reservations strongly recommended. Please call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10

Greenwich Historical Society, Storehouse Gallery, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807

Greenwich Choices: 50 Objects that Illustrate our History runs from Sept. 30, 2015, through Feb. 28, 2016, and is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. Visit www.greenwichhistory.org for more information on related programs and activities.

Opening day of the Merritt Parkway in 1938 heralds a dramatic change in driving patterns and celebrates a changed landscape in Greenwich.

Opening day of the Merritt Parkway in 1938 heralds a dramatic change in driving patterns and celebrates a changed landscape in Greenwich.

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