Do you love Greenwich, CT? What place in this town inspires you the most? We want to know!
Photos must be of Greenwich, CT and include a caption that identifies the location. Caption must also explain why the place in the photo matters to the person who submitted it and/or to the person/people in the photo. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them. By submitting a photo you acknowledge that the Greenwich Historical Society has rights to use it in social media, public relations, and for other promotional purposes.
How to Participate
Snap a photo of a place in Greenwich that matters to you — be in the photo if you want or pose your friends, family, and/or pets!
Please include your first and last name, the photo’s location, and identify the people in the photo. Please write a sentence or more about why the place is special to you.
How to Submit a Photo
The photo contest is live on our Facebook page.You can submit a photo, see all the photos, and vote for your favorite one.
And/or you can post on social media:Use hashtags #thisplacematters #thisplacemattersgreenwich; Instagram: @greenwichhistory @SavingPlaces; Twitter: @GrnHistCT @SavingPlaces; and Facebook: @GreenwichHistoricalSociety
Contest entries will be narrowed down by criteria including popular vote and then submitted to a panel of judges who will pick five winners.
Last day for submitting photos: July 12, 2017 at noon. Winners will be announced at the Greenwich Founders’ Day event at Tod’s Point on July 18, 2017. Prizes will be awarded to the top five entries judged by an independent panel of Greenwich residents with an interest in preservation.
5 Valuable Prizes
Tickets for two adults to the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show Preview Party December 1, 2017
Tickets for two adults to the Antiquarius Holiday House Tour December 6, 2017
One annual family membership to the Greenwich Historical Society
One family pass to the Greenwich Historical Society Fall Festival October 8, 2017
A collection of Greenwich-themed books for children and adults
We invite all residents − children, students, adults and seniors − to participate in this modern documentary project by taking a photograph of a cherished place or structure in their community and sharing their story, however brief or long, about why it is important to preserve.
About Greenwich Preservation Month
First Selectman Peter Tesei issued a proclamation recognizing May as Preservation Month. Timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Landmarks Recognition Program on May 7, Greenwich Preservation Month and the This Place Matters! campaign encourage residents to focus on the importance of preservation for maintaining Greenwich’s rich cultural heritage by sharing the places and stories that make Greenwich such a cherished place worth preserving.
What do Lord Byron and his daughter Ada Lovelace have to do with coining the term “Luddite” and the development of computers?
In 1812 at age 24, Lord Byron gave a speech in the House of Lords agreeing with Ned Ludd that mechanical weaving machines were going to be the downfall of humane society. Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s only legitimate child, was, however, fascinated by the punch cards used in creating mechanical weaving machines. As a teenager she studied these automated weaving looms on a trip through the British Midlands. Later Ada worked with Charles Babbage, creator of the “Difference Engine,” a robust calculator that computed polynomial figures; and the “Analytical Engine,” the precursor to the computer, which he started building in 1834.
In 1843 Ada published an article in a scientific journal discussing four points that earned her a place at the forefront of the digital revolution.
She envisioned a machine that could be programmed and reprogrammed
She thought Babbage’s Analytical Engine could be used not just for numbers but for anything that could be notated symbolically, such as music and words
She published the world’s first computer program by creating detailed instructions about a sequence of operations to give the computer
She opined that computers cannot think
In 1979, the U.S. Department of Defense named its new common high-order computer programming language Ada. Since 2009 the second Tuesday in October has been known as Ada Lovelace Day, when women in STEM celebrate their achievements.
Ada’s contributions are discussed in “The Innovators,” Walter Isaacson’s book, which he will be discussing April 20 in a fundraising event for the Greenwich Historical Society.
Below is a transcription of the letter in the photographs published here from artist Elmer MacRae to Constant Holley, dated February 14, 1898. MacRae was an artist, and boarder at the Holley House, which Constant helped run with her parents. Elmer and Constant fell in love, married in 1900, had twin girls in 1904, and ran the boarding house together.
Our curator Karen Frederick described the letters as such in a recent article in The New York Times: “Their letters are so lovey-dovey I can only stand reading them for a little while.” 🙂
Holley-MacRae Family Papers Box 6/96
Monday before dinner
[New York, February 14, 1898]
My darling Constant—
Monday and Tuesday have come and gone!—Saturday will soon come, my precious, then will we see each other again, and have each other for some time; until Saturday darling we must try to be patient and make the best of our time, so that by doing this each week, it will shorten the time when we can see each other and have each other for good and all time!
Sweet girl, you pass the time doing good to everybody when the opportunity offers, by making something pretty or whatever you might choose to improve your timing (Ed. ?), anything shall; keep occupied darling, and in this way the days, between our being together, won’t seem so long. There is hardly much use of me telling you this, sweetheart, I know you are always busy, always useful, always putting your time to some good account, but in this way I find the time isn’t quite so hard to bear.
In doing this both together, we are building the foundation stones of our union upon something solid. By that time we will be able, if necessity calls, to stand separation or any trial that might possibly come to us.
It will make us better men and better women.
Our beautiful and all powerful love, my darling, will carry us through everything and crown us with success and happiness to the end.
You sweet, loving girl, I worship and adore you—you’re my own true love!
Elmer sends his love to enrich her and stay by her all the time during his absence, and loves her constant companion wherever she goes or where she is.
Let me kiss you darling and put my arms around you—
The Greenwich Historical Society has begun its campus transformation ! First steps include removing rock, excavating, and preparing our parking area under the Mianus River Bridge of I-95 to double parking capacity and create a single, accessibe entrance.
Our parking lot excavation has turned up quite a few interesting items, from a tea kettle to a (full and unopened!) laxative bottle with dosage directions etched in the glass. Here are some photos of what we’ve found so far. They all have been buried for approximately 100 years.
Some photos from our wonderful annual event, held December 11. Kids got quality time with Santa and made holiday crafts, guests took tours of Bush-Holley House decorated for the holidays, and all enjoyed great music, tasty treats, and good cheer. And it was all free!
‘Tis the season! Photos of the Greenwich Historical Society campus decorated for the holidays:
Bush-Holley House Interior Decorated for the Holidays
Every December, Bush-Holley House is decorated in a historically accurate way with an ornamented tree, fir garlands, and stockings by the fireplace.
Christmas was not widely celebrated during the Bush family years as Puritans considered Christmas traditions derived from pagan rituals. By the time the Holleys occupied the house though, Christmas traditions included a tree, visiting friends and family, presents, and special meals.
What is now called Bush-Holley House was built in stages starting ca.1730. Beginning in 1738 the house was owned by the Bush (Dutch, originally Bosch; no relation to the political Bushes) family.
Its life as a boardinghouse began in 1848 when the now much-expanded home passed out of the Bush family. Josephine and Edward Holley operated it as a boardinghouse for artists and writers beginning in 1882 and passed it to their daughter Constant Holley following her marriage to the artist Elmer MacRae in 1900.
Christmas was popularized starting with the publication of Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” in 1822 and later with a photo of Queen Victoria and her family around a table-top Christmas tree in 1847. As the 19th century came to a close, it was becoming more common for trees to be full size with all the trimmings rather than small table-top displays.
Living at the Holley house in 1910 were Constant (age 39) and Elmer (age 35); their twin daughters, Clarissa and Constant (age 6); Constant’s parents, Edward P. Holley (age 72) and Josephine (age 61); Sally Hudson (age 26), an African-American servant; and, according to the 1910 census, two roomers—Isabel Fowler (age 44) and Carolyn Mase (age 42).
Sponsored by and to benefit the Greenwich Historical Society
FIVE (5) PRIZES TO BE AWARDED
1ST PRIZE Bulgari ‘Parentesi’ collection wide band ring in polished 18kt white gold, size 6. Value $7,300
2ND PRIZE 4 roundtrip airline tickets to St. Barth, redeemable at Tradewinds Shuttle. Value $6,000
3RD PRIZE Getaway for 2 to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Includes 4 days/3 nights accommodations at the Round Hill Hotel and Villas. Value $1,500
4TH PRIZE $500 gift certificate for catering services redeemable at Marcia Selden catering. Date subject to availability and event must be locate 30 miles from Selden commissary in Stamford. $50 gift certificate redeemable at DIRT floral and OOMPH tini table. Value $1,000
5TH PRIZE 2 tickets to Town Party on 5.27.17 redeemable at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park & 2 tickets to Opening Night Party for the Greenwich International Film Festival redeemable at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich & a 10 pack of movie tickets for the Film Festival 06.1-4, 2017. Value $920
The Greenwich Historical Society has announced a visionary plan that will dramatically transform the National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House campus to expand and provide better access and to enrich education and preservation programs.
The plan includes new state-of-the-art galleries and archives, more than doubled parking, and an elevator. The new building will have two exhibition and orientation halls, public archives, a gift shop, and a café.
A historic building that was once the Railroad Hotel and subsequently Toby’s Tavern will be restored to its appearance at the turn of the 20th century. It will house a museum shop and new Artists Café, exhibition space for community artists, meeting and storage space. The current exhibition space in the adjoining 1805 Storehouse will be renovated to accommodate all Historical Society staff offices.
An extraordinary dollar-for-dollar matching gift from anonymous donors provides a wonderful assist in achieving the final $8.5 million of the $18.5 million “Reimagine the Greenwich Historical Society” campaign that will realize the Society’s vision for a dynamic campus and place Greenwich’s story indelibly within the broad context of American history. The public is invited to support the Capital Campaign by contacting Katrina Dorsey, Greenwich Historical Society Director of Development, at 203-869-6899, ext. 15, firstname.lastname@example.org.