The Greenwich Historical Society
From its precarious position on the Connecticut Frontier during the American Revolution to its later life as a gilded-age enclave for the rich and famous, Greenwich has long been associated with well-known individuals and pivotal events in the arts, business, journalism and politics.
The boldly reimagined campus opening at the Greenwich Historical Society October 6, 2018 will relay the national significance of this pivotal New York City suburb and Gateway to New England. The new campus features a nationally accredited museum, library and archives, café, store, and restored Impressionist-era gardens.
The reimagined campus is home to the circa 1730 National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House, which gained recognition as one of the earliest American Impressionist art colonies. Trailblazing painters such as Childe Hassam, John Henry Twachtman, J. Alden Weir, and Elmer MacRae were part of the Cos Cob art colony 1890–1920.
Other noteworthy Greenwich residents include: Ernest Thompson Seton, a founder of the Boy Scouts; Col. Raynal Bolling who began the Air Force Reserve Command of the U.S. Air Force; Crayola founders the Binneys; sports and entertainment luminaries including Tom Seaver and Diana Ross; and scions of industry such as the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts.
Greenwich Historical Society was founded in 1931 to collect and chronicle this vibrant history and has actively pursued its mission since purchasing Bush-Holley House in 1957. It is a member of the Historic Artists Homes and Studios, one of 21 museums on the Connecticut Art Trail and accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Greenwich Historical Society boasts an extensive new research library and archives that contains more than 40,000 items; it is home to the Vanderbilt Education Center, which accommodates lectures, family programs and meetings, and may be rented for private events; and it includes the 1805 Storehouse Gallery, a former warehouse, store and post office that is now the location of administrative offices. The landscape and gardens are restored to circa 1900, the era when the Holley Boarding House, along with Cos Cob Village and harbor became one of the first American Impressionist art colonies.
The Historical Society is noted for award-winning school, after-school and summer camp programs; themed, docent-led tours of Bush-Holley House; lectures; rotating museum exhibitions; live storytelling programs; and Antiquarius, a suite of events that includes the Winter Antiques Show, Holiday Boutique and Holiday House Tour.
Greenwich Historical Society contributes immeasurably to the cultural vitality of this unique community and serves as a bridge from the past to the future by offering innovative programs, exhibitions and preservation initiatives.