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The White Mountain Express, traveling 50 miles per hour went off the track in Greenwich

The White Mountain Express Derails in Greenwich

July 16, 2021 • Disaster, Everyday Life, Greenwich

On July 16, 1908, the gong of the ambulances on Greenwich Avenue broadcast one of the worst accidents on the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.


Merritt Parkway, New York to Connecticut, 1941

Merritt Parkway Creates Scenic Gateway to New England

This Depression-era road improvement project sought to artfully balance the natural and built environments, and despite setbacks and scandal, achieved its aims.


Greenwich Emergency Responders: On the Move Overtime

Horses, motorcycles, and boats are just a few of the modes of transportation that town emergency personnel have used over the years to get to where they’re needed.


The Clam Box, postcard by Cliff Scofield, ca. 1950s

Lobsters and Oysters and Clams: A Short History of Seafood in Connecticut

The ocean’s bounty has been savored along the Connecticut coastline for as long as humans have been around to bring it on shore.


Connecticut Turnpike Opens – Today in History: January 2

On January 2, 1958, Governor Abraham Ribicoff officially opened the Connecticut Turnpike—today the Governor John Davis Lodge Turnpike—to traffic.


Rescue Scene, Hurricane, September 1938

The Great Hurricane of 1938 – Today in History: September 21

September 21, 2020 • Disaster, Greenwich, Weather

The most devastating hurricane in New England history.


Second Congregational Church, Greenwich

Bucket Brigade to the Rescue – Today in History: September 12

September 12, 2020 • Disaster, Greenwich

On September 12, 1873, the bell in the Episcopal Church…


Contagious Ward, Greenwich General Hospital, 1916

Health Department Fights Unseen Enemies During World War I

How Greenwich faced the menace of two highly contagious and potentially deadly diseases: polio and Spanish Influenza.


Fire at Cos Cob School, Roberta Lindstrom, photographer

Fire Ravages Cos Cob School – Today in History: July 29

July 29, 2020 • Disaster, Greenwich

At 1:59 a.m. on July 29, 1990, a smoke detector…


Height of the fire on Greenwich Avenue February 22, 1936

The Greenwich Avenue Fires of 1908 and 1936 Sparked Upgrades to Town’s Emergency Services

July 17, 2020 • Disaster, Greenwich

From the ashes emerged new approaches to coordinating the town’s fire fighting resources.


Firemen work to douse the last flames of a fire that swept through Gulliver's Restaurant

Deadly Fire at Gulliver’s – Today in History: June 30

June 30, 2020 • Disaster, Greenwich

In the early morning hours of June 30, 1974, a…


World War I Poster

War and the Fear of Enemy Aliens – Who Knew?

…that Greenwich had a special police unit trained to handle suspected foreign agents operating in Connecticut.


Digging out from the Blizzard '88

Blizzard of ’88 Shuts Greenwich Off from Outside World

March 11, 2020 • Greenwich, Weather

The heroes were ordinary people.


Detail from the front page of The Woman Voter's Bulletin, 1923

A Day for Women – Today in History: March 8

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. First observed in…


Clare Boothe Luce Changed Perceptions about Women in Business and Politics

Clare Boothe Luce became the first woman to represent Connecticut in the US House of Representatives and later became an ambassador to Italy.


Byram River, Pemberwick, October 16, 1955

Byram River Flood – Today in History: October 15

A few minutes before 11:00 pm on October 15, 1955,…


Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett Helps Found Greenwich

In the middle of the 17th century, Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett played an integral part in purchasing the land that became Greenwich, Connecticut.


The Ku Klux Klan in Connecticut

The KKK first organized in Connecticut during the 1920s. Promoting themselves as part of the nativist movement, support for the organization dwindled rapidly, but still lingers.


Danbury Hangings: The Executions of Anthony and Amos

November 28, 2018 • Danbury, Crime and Punishment, Greenwich, Weston

The executions of Anthony and Amos Adams in Danbury speak to the fears and racial tensions prevalent in early American culture.


Policeman, ca. 1905

Enforcing Law and Order in Greenwich

November 14, 2018 • Crime and Punishment, Greenwich, Work

A short history of police work in one Connecticut town.


Collapse of the Mianus River Bridge

Mianus River Bridge Collapses – Today in History: June 28

June 28, 2018 • Disaster, Greenwich

Not long after midnight on June 28, 1983, a section…


Selma, Not So Far Away

Father Leonard Tartaglia was sometimes called Hartford’s “Hoodlum Priest.” Like the 1961 film of the same name, Tartaglia ministered to the city’s poor and disenfranchised.


Over Time: Greenwich’s Historical Population

February 25, 2015 • Hide Featured Image, Greenwich

Census data, from colonial times on up to the present, is a key resource for those who study the ways in which communities change with the passage of time.


Connecticut Shore, Winter by John Henry Twachtman

Connecticut and American Impressionism

French Impressionists celebrated their new modern lives, but American Impressionists looked instead to a New England countryside like that in Connecticut for evidence of a stable, timeless order beneath the dazzle of the ephemeral.


Fire Bucket

Firefighters Answer the Call in Greenwich

November 1, 2013 • Disaster, Greenwich, Work

From neighbors rushing to help neighbors and the town’s first fire department, which opened in 1879, to the present day, the volunteer tradition of firefighting continues despite many changes over the decades.


Memorial Sculpture, 1988. Mark Rabinowitz, sculptor

Monument to Hero of the Greenwich Police Department – Who Knew?

… that a memorial in Byram Park honors the town’s…


Video – Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures: Bush-Holley House

Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is a series of 50 five-minute film vignettes that profiles a variety of the state’s most notable cultural resources.


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