This Place Matters!

Greenwich Preservation Month: This Place Matters!

Do you love Greenwich, CT? What places in this town inspire you the most? We want to hear about them!

How to Participate

  1. 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!
  2. Email the photo to admin@greenwichhistory.org. Please include your first and last name, the photo’s location, and identify the people in the photo. You are welcome to write a sentence or more about why the place is special to you.
  3. Post on social media: Use hashtags #thisplacematters #thisplacemattersgreenwich; Instagram: @greenwichhistory @SavingPlaces; Twitter: @GrnHistCT @SavingPlaces; and Facebook: @GreenwichHistoricalSociety

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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.

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.

 Rules

Follow the instructions in How to Participate and submit photos by June 16. No special photography skills are necessary. Prizes will be awarded to the top five entries judged by an independent panel of Greenwich residents with an interest in preservation.

This Place Matters! is inspired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s initiative to encourage preservation.

 

How the Digital Revolution
Began in the 1800s

Ada LovelaceWhat 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.

Jacquard cards
Jacquard punch cards. Berlin Technological Museum (Gessler Photo)
Portrait of Joseph-Marie Jacquard
This woven silk portrait of Joseph-Marie Jacquard (1752–1834), inventor of the mechanism that made it possible for such detailed automated work, got Babbage’s and Lovelace’s minds working about how to use punch cards for other purposes.

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.

  1. She envisioned a machine that could be programmed and reprogrammed
  2. 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
  3. She published the world’s first computer program by creating detailed instructions about a sequence of operations to give the computer
  4. She opined that computers cannot think
Babbage's Analytical Engine
Babbage’s Analytical Engine

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.

 

Isaacson event info

Bush-Holley House by Candlelight 2016

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!

Antiquarius 2016: All You Need to Know

Whether you’re a lover of fine antiques, eager to catch a glimpse of Greenwich, Connecticut’s most spectacular homes, or simply ready to start celebrating, Antiquarius, the Greenwich Historical Society’s annual series of high style holiday events, is just the ticket. Here’s a rundown of all the upcoming events in chronological order.

Antiquarius Opening Night Private Patron Party with Alessandra Branca 

Friday, December 2, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich http://www.greenwichhistory.org/ATQtickets.php

atq-2016-bannerTour and shop the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show before it opens to the public. Meet Honorary Design Chair Alessandra Branca and more than 40 nationally recognized exhibitors featuring fine art, marine art, estate jewelry, American and Continental furniture, prints, luxury handbags, and more from 18th century to mid-20th century. Beautifully decorated by Alessandra Branca. Private event for Patron level supporters ($1,000-$5,000).

Preview of the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show 

Friday, December 2, 7:00 to 9:00 pm  Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich, $150 http://www.greenwichhistory.org/ATQtickets.php

Antiquarius Winter Antiques Show Preview Party 2015Attend the Preview Party of the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show, produced by Frank Gaglio, Inc., for early access to more than 40 vendors displaying exquisite 18th- to mid-20th-century art, decorative objects, estate jewelry, furniture, prints and vintage accessories. Curated for the Greenwich market with a broad range of styles and price points, it’s perfect for seasoned collectors, professional designers and home decorators alike.

This year’s preview theme is “A Tyrolean Black Forest Holiday” with décor styled by Honorary Design Chairman Alessandra Branca. Along with champagne, cocktails, delightful bites and entertainment, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to consult with some of the most knowledgeable dealers in the business and get first dibs on a delightful array of antiques–all in a festive, Tyrolean-inspired setting. Catering provided by Marcia Selden. Generously sponsored by Betteridge.

The Greenwich Winter Antiques Show  Produced by Frank Gaglio, Inc.

Saturday, December 3, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday, December 4, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm  Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich 06870, $15

Beautiful pottery on display at the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show 2015 The Greenwich Winter Antiques Show, produced by Frank Gaglio, Inc., will feature more than 40 vendors displaying exquisite 18th- to mid-20th-century art, decorative objects, estate jewelry, furniture, prints and vintage accessories. Curated for the Greenwich market with a broad range of styles and price points, it’s perfect for seasoned collectors, professional designers and home decorators alike. General admission is $15 payable at the door.

DOYLE Appraisal Day at the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show

Saturday, December 3, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich

DOYLE’s team of specialists will provide complimentary auction evaluations for jewelry, art, silver, decorations, furniture, books, autographs, coins, stamps, and other categories (photographs acceptable). By appointment only: Contact Kathy Brackenridge at DoyleCT@doyle.com or 203-637-6209.

Antiquarius Reception and Designer Lecture with Alessandra Branca 

Tuesday, December 6, 6:00 to 7:00 pm Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Road, Greenwich http://www.greenwichhistory.org/ATQtickets.php

Upper level donors ($1,000-$5,000) to Antiquarius will receive a special invitation to attend an exclusive, private cocktail reception and book signing featuring Honorary Design Chair Alessandra Branca. Branca has been recognized as a member of Elle Décor’s A List every year since 2011 and is a perennial member of House Beautiful’s Master Class. With a European sensibility and a knack for “tossing the classics a twist,” her work has graced the pages of Architectural Digest, Town and Country, The New York Times, Veranda and Elle Décor. If you are interested in becoming an Antiquarius patron or sponsor, please call Katrina Dorsey at 203-869-6899, Ext. 15. The event will take place on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00 pm and is a wonderful opportunity to meet this renowned designer.

 Antiquarius Holiday Boutique 

Tuesday, December 6, 6:00 to 8:30 pm & Wednesday, December 7, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm  Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Road, Greenwich

Festive items for sale at the Antiquarius Holiday BoutiqueThe Holiday Boutique at Greenwich Country Club offers very merry holiday shopping and gifts for everyone on your list. The boutique will feature more than 35 vendors offerings everything from monogrammed children’s items to cuddle-worthy knitwear, semi-precious sparkles, dramatic decor and sweet treats. Passed hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:30 pm, and the boutique will be open all day on December 7 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Free admission.

Antiquarius Holiday House Tour 

Wednesday, December 7, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm,  $110 http://www.greenwichhistory.org/ATQtickets.php

Lovely décor seen on an Antiquarius House TourAntiquarius culminates with the incomparable Holiday House Tour, a once-a-year opportunity to visit five elegant Greenwich homes. This year’s tour is a medley of architectural and decor styles from a classic, historic Federal to a newly constructed colonial, a polished contemporary and an artfully curated custom design. Each home impresses distinctly, while presenting an intimate glimpse into the varying ways Greenwich residents live and gather. Bring your friends and prepare to be wowed as you visit some of Greenwich’s most outstanding properties.

Reservations are required. The tours will take place rain or shine. Maps will be mailed to ticket purchasers. There are designated parking locations for each house. A shuttle will run from each designated parking location to each house. A Premium Parking Pass ($450) is available that grants access to parking close to each house. Photography and children under age 12 are strictly prohibited on the House Tour. Homes are not wheelchair accessible. This event is generously sponsored by David Ogilvy & Associates.  Take a break from touring to enjoy an optional sumptuous buffet luncheon ($45) in a festive setting at the Greenwich Country Club (19 Doubling Road) available 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. You do not need to be a Greenwich Country Club member to enjoy this luncheon; reserve through the Greenwich Historical Society (not Greenwich Country Club).

 

Fall Festival 2016 in Photos

The Greenwich Historical Society holds a Fall Festival every year with a The Morimotosscarecrow competition, activities for kids, and performances. This year the festival was held on October 9 and it had a Japanese theme that related to our new exhibition, “An Eye to the East: The Inspiration of Japan,” which examines the influence of Japanese art and culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Making a fish kiteWe had a samurai scarecrow and samurai face painting; plus kids (and some parents!) decorated fans and make fish tale kites. The Greenwich Japanese School delighted a packed crowd with a performance of song and dance, and the World Seido Karate Studio demonstrated martial arts. The Hapa Food Truck fed the crowd and all enjoyed spending a rainy Sunday on our campus. Until next year!

Students from the Greenwich Japanese SchoolStudents from the Greenwich Japanese SchoolStudents from the Greenwich Japanese SchoolDecorating a fanThe KawamurasWorld Seido Karate StudioPerformance by students from the Japanese School at Greenwich Historical Society Fall Festival, October 9, 2016An Uncle Sam themed scarecrowKids braving the weather for some fall funThe KatsumisHapa Food TruckArts and craftsArts and craftsThe Broms enjoying crafts

Greenwich Historical Society Seeks Storytellers for November 17th Story Barn

One of the Greenwich Historical Society’s most popular programs, Story Barn offers an evening of true personal stories served up in a cabaret-like setting without benefit of notes or screens. Emceed by Moth story coach, Nantucket Comedy Festival cofounder and comedienne Bonnie Levison, the progam offers fun, thought-provoking entertainment that puts a decidedly contemporary spin on oral history.

The Historical Society is looking for storytellers for its November 17th program, which will revolve around the theme “Lost in Translation.”

Bonnie Levison emcees at the Greenwich Historical Society's spring 2016 Story Barn
Bonnie Levison emcees at the spring 2016 Story Barn

The theme, loosely tied with the Historical Society’s current exhibition An Eye to the East: The Inspiration of Japan, is based on the concept that even our simplest attempts at communica-tion can sometimes go awry. Interpretation can be broad, and stories can revolve around any personal experiences that have to do with misunderstanding or miscommunication.

In the past, topics have run the gamut from youthful misadventure, to a dastardly bridegroom, a grand dame’s after-hours Christmas shopping expedition and a preteen’s 1960s quest for tight chinos (think West Side Story) at some of Greenwich’s toniest emporiums. Protagonists need not be human: Stories have also featured a very ungrateful chipmunk, a supernatural parrot and a law-breaking woodchuck.

Anyone over age 21 is invited to participate but must sign up and pitch their story in advance. If you have a tale to share, contact Anna Greco at agreco@greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 31. A workshop is being offered for those who would like guidance or would like to polish their presentation before the event.

Story Barn: Lost in Translation. November 17, 2016. Doors open at 7:00 pm; performance begins at 7:30 pm. Beer, wine and light refreshments are included in the price of admission. Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center. 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807. Members: $15; nonmembers: $20. Reservations strongly encouraged. Tickets at www.greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10