Historical Society to Open Maritime Exhibition


"Narcissus," a 10-meter yacht owned by Frank Page, photo from the Greenwich Historical Society Library and Archives.

“Narcissus,” a 10-meter yacht owned by Frank Page, photo from the Greenwich Historical Society Library and Archives.

Through paintings, photographs, maps, charts and instruments, “Close to the Wind: Our Maritime History” will explore the rich history of maritime Greenwich, sharing the myriad stories that link the community to its coastal roots.

Enthusiastically endorsing the new show, Exhibition Committee Chairman Jessica Guff noted, “We wanted to honor the unique relationship of Greenwich to both the Long Island Sound and our many local rivers and waterways. Recreation and commerce on the water transcend social and economic distinctions. Our waters are open to everyone and unite us in enjoyment and appreciation.”

The Historical Society plans a number of lectures and programs in connection with the show including a talk by sailor, author and historian John Rousmaniere, a Story Barn program featuring personal stories with the theme “Any Port in a Storm,” a lecture on Revolutionary War-era coastal charts and maps, and a cruise highlighting the historic features of Captain’s Harbor. Visit greenwichhistory.org for information and program reservations.

The exhibit opens to the public on March 30 and will run through Sept. 4. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. at the Greenwich Historical Society Storehouse Gallery and Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and free to members and students and on the first Wednesday of each month.

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