Greenwich Historical Society seeks public help in telling the Jewish-American Story in town

The Greenwich Historical Society is planning a future exhibition on the Jewish history of Greenwich. The show seeks to chronicle the immigration experiences of ancestors, migration to Greenwich and what it was like living or growing up Jewish in Greenwich.

Local Jewish families are encouraged to share stories, heirlooms and objects to be considered for the exhibition. At these “show and tell” sessions, Historical Society representatives will examine, measure and photograph shared items and record their stories along with any other known information.

By sharing important memories, traditions and family objects, the exhibition will bring to life the varied stories of the Jewish families who settled in Greenwich. Commenting on the crucial role that public input will play, Exhibition Committee Chairman Jessica Guff noted, “We can’t do this without the support and participation of the Jewish community. Before these memories are lost, please help us chronicle your family’s role in shaping our town.”

Letters, photographs, emigration documents, diaries, recipes, household objects, vintage clothing, posters, postcards, scrapbooks, photographs and film clips of family and community events all are possibilities for inclusion in the exhibition. The Historical Society is also interested in hearing personal stories that convey the reasons why people left their former homes and what they experienced as they began new lives in Greenwich.

Please take the time to help preserve these stories-past and present-by actively participating. There were two Discovery Sessions in September. The Historical Society has added a third Discovery Session on Nov. 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Vanderbilt Education Center at the Greenwich Historical Society, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. Please note that no object appraisals will be given.

If you would like additional information or are unable to attend the Discovery Day, you may contact Karen Frederick, Curator, Greenwich Historical Society, to arrange for an appointment by¬†calling 203-869-6899, ext. 22 or by email at [email protected]

Cohen Brothers Grocery, a fixture at 67 Greenwich Avenue for decades.

Cohen Brothers Grocery, a fixture at 67 Greenwich Avenue for decades.

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