Coffee with the Curator

Wednesday February 27

Tour the new museum galleries with Curator of Museum Collections Karen Frederick, learn about the artists of the Cos Cob art colony whose works are on display in the Permanent Collections Gallery; and see the fascinating and interactive History Is… exhibition. 

Wednesdays, January 30 and February 27, 10:00 to 11:00 am

Members: $5; nonmembers: $10
Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10


Nightingales Book Talk

Monday, March 4

genealogy workshop

Mimi Melkonian teaches Arabic, French, and a course called “Attack and Aftermath of 9/11” at Brunswick School in Greenwich. She is a frequent presenter at linguistic conferences and seminars in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Her recently published first book Nightingales, True Stories of Escape, Hope, and Resilience is a compilation of true, uplifting stories of Syrian migrants, forced migrants, and refugees, shedding light on their important contributions to the countries in which they now reside.

Monday, March 4, 6:00–7:00 pm

Members: $10; Nonmembers: $15

Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10


Genealogy Workshops

Tuesdays: April 16, April 23, April 30 and May 7

genealogy workshop

Genealogy is not just for you: It's for your ancestors and for future generations, and you could be the link that connects them. This four-week class will offer you options for organizing what you already know, as well as for researching and recording your family history. Beginning with a pedigree chart, we'll discuss Genealogy conventions, best practices and research strategies. We will also touch on how DNA testing can augment your research.

Participants can partake in all of the workshops or just one. While the sessions do build off of one another you do not need to attend the previous sessions to get something out of this course. No prior experience is needed and attendees with specific questions can bring them to the class for discussion.

Note that no food or drink is allowed in the Reading Room. Each session will include a short break. Participants can bring a laptop or wireless device to assist with research but it is not required. All other materials will be provided.

Greenwich resident Janeen Bjork has applied the detective, analytic and presentation skills she garnered in a career of over three decades in TV research to her second career as a Genealogy teacher and presenter. Her engaging and interactive presentation style uses audience participation with actual examples and case studies to prepare students to find the family members and stories that have eluded them. 

Tuesdays: April 16, April 23, April 30 and May 7
1:30–3:30 pm

Adult Members: Single session $15, full course $50
Adult Nonmembers: Single session $20, full course $70

Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10

Story Barn

Date and time TBD

genealogy workshop

The topic of the next Story Barn, where people tell true short stories without notes, is “History Is…” This relaxed, cabaret-style event includes wine and snacks. The MC is Bonnie Levison, co-founder of The Nantucket Comedy Festival and a storytelling coach for The Moth. Anyone interested in telling a story should email Anna Greco or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 31.

Landmarks Recognition Program

Sunday, April 28, 2019


Greenwich Historical Society has publicly recognized local homes and other sites for their architectural or historical distinction for the past 32 years, with the intention of promot­ing pride in ownership of historic properties and encouraging their preservation and adaptive use. 

This year four properties will receive plaques for their design excellence and their value in preserving Greenwich’s unique architectural legacy: Greenwich Town Hall, the World War I Memorial on Greenwich Avenue and two distinguished residences.

In addition, a Preservation Action Award will be presented to Martin and Anna Waters and the Greenwich Point Conservancy for preserving and restoring the Feake-Ferris House, noted as the oldest house in Greenwich and one of the oldest in America. 

octagon house

Keynote speaker Joseph Pell Lombardi, who has degrees in both architecture and historic preservation, will discuss proj­ects including the National Historic Landmark Armour-Stiner (Octagon) House in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, the only Roman temple form, domed octagonal house in the world. He owns the Armour-Stiner house as well as the Château du Sailhant, a dramatically situated thousand-year-old French château-fort, which recently completed a ten-year restoration. Lombardi’s firm was one of the first to specialize in restoration, preservation, adaptive use and contextual new buildings.

The Landmarks Recognition Program kicks off Greenwich Preservation Month and the third annual This Place Matters Photo Contest during which the public is invited to submit photos of favorite places in Greenwich, an effort inspired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

A champagne reception will precede the program.

Sunday, April 28, 2019; 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Rd., Greenwich

Tickets are $75 per person; $250 for Patron level; $500 for Benefactor level.
Advance reservations are required.

Reserve below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.


History in the Making award to Honor Indra Nooyi

Wednesday, May 8

genealogy workshop

Join us as we present the History in the Making Award to PepsiCo Chairman Indra K. Nooyi at a dinner event. In recognizing Nooyi’s leadership and celebrating her successes, the Historical Society acknowledges her important place in a long history of local women’s achievements as we kick off the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1919–1920.

Wednesday, May 8, Time TBD

Ticketing information TBD

Cancellation, Refund and Nonsufficient Funds Policy

A full refund for program and special events payments will be made up to 10 days before the program or event. Within 10 days of the program or event, no refund can be granted, but payments may be changed to tax-deductible contributions at payer’s request. A fee of $25 will be charged for checks returned to us for nonsufficient funds.

Greenwich Historical Society 47 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807 203-869-6899

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