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Historian To Focus On Greenwich's Glenville Neighborhood

Historian Susan Richardson will present a program on Glenville on Saturday at the Greenwich Library.
Historian Susan Richardson will present a program on Glenville on Saturday at the Greenwich Library. Photo Credit: Greenwich Library

Update: This event has been canceled due to presenter illness. GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Greenwich Library will continue its presentations Saturday on the communities and neighborhoods of Greenwich, focusing this week on the Glenville section of town.

The presentations by the Greenwich Historical Society are held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Greenwich Library.

At one time, Greenwich was made up of several separate communities that united in 1854 for budgetary reasons to form the Borough of Greenwich. Each community had its own personality or character based on demographics, industry and agriculture. Once they united, a rich, diverse community emerged. The talks will cover Byram, Glenville, Horseneck, Cos Cob and Old Greenwich through the summer and fall.

Here are summaries of the remaining programs, including the one scheduled for Saturday:

On Saturday, at 2 p.m., historian Susan Richardson will present the Glenville program. Richardson is a member of the Greenwich Historical Society and chairman of the Historical Preservation Committee. She will discuss the historical development of Glenville into a manufacturing center.

On July 13, at 2 p.m. historian Davidde Strackbein will discuss the Horseneck neighborhood. Strackbein is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Greenwich Historical Society. She will explain how Horseneck changed primarily from an agricultural community to the central business section of town.

On Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. the history of Cos Cob will be presented by Lou Caravella, the unofficial “Mayor of Cos Cob.” Cos Cob was the main maritime port for shipping agricultural products, including apples and potatoes to New York, Long Island and Connecticut communities. In the early 20th century, Cos Cob became the center of an art community.

On Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. author and historian Missy Wolfe will present the history of Old Greenwich, as well as her recent book "Insubordinate Spirit." She will discuss the hardships faced by early settlers in early 1600s.

On Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. town planner Diane Fox will wrap up the series by talking about the role of planning and zoning in the development of Greenwich.

A talk last month by architect Patricia Baiardi Kantorski focused on Byram’s evolution.

For more information, call the Greenwich Library at 203-622-7948.

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