Historical Society Announces ‘This Place Matters!’

What Greenwich place inspires you is at the heart of the Historical Society’s Greenwich Preservation Month: “This Place Matters!” campaign. Timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Landmarks Recognition Program, the initiative encourages residents to focus on the importance of preservation for maintaining Greenwich’s rich cultural heritage by sharing the places and stories that make Greenwich such a cherished place worth preserving.

“The Town of Greenwich is delighted to issue a proclamation to recognize May as Preservation Month,” says First Selectman Peter Tesei. “Preservation of our heritage is of paramount importance. I encourage all residents to consider ways for actively supporting this timely issue that has critical implications for our long-term vitality and pride of place.”

“We launched the Greenwich Landmarks Recognition program 30 years ago to identify and plaque structures that embody our town’s unique historical and architectural legacy since its founding in 1640, and to create a documentary record of them in our Archives,” says Davidde Strackbein, Greenwich Historical Society Chairman. “Today, we are inviting all residents − children, students, adults and seniors − to participate in this modern documentary project by taking a photograph of a cherished place or structure in their community and sharing their story, however brief or long, about why it would be important to preserve.”

Participation is easy. Residents simply snap photos of the Greenwich places that matter to them and submit them with a sentence or paragraph about why they make Greenwich special, to the Historical Society at admin@greenwichhistory.org by June 16 for posting on a special webpage. No special photography skills are necessary. Prizes will be awarded to the top five entries judged by an independent panel of Greenwich residents with an interest in preservation.

“It’s exciting to mobilize Greenwich around places that matter,” says Debra Mecky, executive director of the Greenwich Historical Society. “We have so many structures and places with meaningful stories that make us more aware of the connections between the past and the present. It’s important to celebrate them together as a community and ensure they are preserved for future generations.”

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