Greenwich's Bruce Museum Earns Quick Grant For Oyster Lectures

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A Quick Grant will help the Bruce Museum with its three-part lecture series on oyster fishing in Long Island Sound.
A Quick Grant will help the Bruce Museum with its three-part lecture series on oyster fishing in Long Island Sound. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Connecticut Humanities “Quick Grants” program has awarded $1,500 to the Bruce Museum in Greenwich to help present a lectures on the “History of Oyster Fishing on Long Island Sound.”

The series, which complements the museum’s exhibition "Oysters: Pearls of Long Island Sound" (on view through March 23), will explore the history of shellfishing on the Sound – from the Native Americans and Connecticut residents of the 18th and 19th centuries to the current work of the Shellfish Commission.

Free with museum admission, the series will encourage the open exchange of knowledge and ideas between and among experts, museum visitors and members of the community at large.

"Native Maritime Traditions: Harvesting the Sea" will be held Sunday, Feb. 23, and feature Aquinnah Wampanoag artist and marine scientist Elizabeth Perry, who will talk about Native American maritime traditions in the Northeast.

On Sunday, March 9, Tessa Getchis, extension educator at UConn and an aquaculture specialist, will explore the history of commercial shellfishing in Connecticut with a lecture on "A Love Affair with Oysters: A History of the Men and Women Who Fish and Farm the Sea."

All lectures are held in the Museum’s Lecture Gallery and begin at 2 p.m.

For more information, visit the Bruce Museum website.

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