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50 Objects Showcase Greenwich's Distinct History

A shirt worn by Obadiah Mead, shot by a loyalist "cowboy," connects visitors with the American Revolution.
A shirt worn by Obadiah Mead, shot by a loyalist "cowboy," connects visitors with the American Revolution. Photo Credit: Greenwich Historical Society

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Every town has a story to tell, and Greenwich's is 375 fascinating years old.

"Greenwich Choices: 50 Objects That Illustrate Our History" explores defining moments in the town's growth and development through objects drawn from its collections.

  • A shirt worn by Obadiah Mead, shot by a loyalist "cowboy," connects visitors with the American Revolution.
  • A bill of sale for a 3-year-old slave boy containing an emancipation clause speaks to changing attitudes toward slavery.
  • Records from local manufacturers tell a tale of early entrepreneurs and opportunities for immigrant workers.
  • A congresswoman's scrapbooks on the construction of the Merritt Parkway chronicle changes that altered both the landscape and the movements of town residents.

All 50 objects reflect transformational moments in Greenwich's social, economic, industrial, political or artistic story and symbolize choices made by generations of residents that would ultimately shape today's community.

Curated by Karen Frederick, the exhibit also includes responses to the featured objects by local high school students.

The exhibition is from Wednesday through Feb. 28 and can be visited from noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays at the Greenwich Historical Society's Storehouse Gallery, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob.

For more information, visit www.greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10.

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