Greenwich Historical Society exhibit explores Fairfield County immigrant experience
The Greenwich Historical Society will explore the immigrant experience in Fairfield County with “An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield County,” an exhibit on view Tuesday, Oct. 2, through Monday, Jan. 6.
The exhibition, which shines a spotlight on the human capacity for hope and perseverance, focuses on a diverse cross section of immigrants and refugees from five continents who came to Fairfield County seeking safety and opportunity.
Organized originally by the Fairfield Museum and History Center and Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI), and expanded by the Greenwich Historical Society, the exhibition is billed as a celebration of the determination, resilience and courage of the human spirit. Click here for details.
Accounts of 10 immigrants’ often-perilous journeys from Cambodia, Chile, Congo, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Hungary, India, Rwanda, Syria and Venezuela are featured on dramatic banners suspended from the Historical Society’s museum gallery ceiling.
A dynamic wall of historic and contemporary photos illustrates how many other individuals, including 12 immigrants to Greenwich from Chile, Italy, India, Mexico, Moldavia and the Soviet Union, have sought opportunity and added to the fabric of Fairfield County’s communities, according to the Historical Society.
“ ‘An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield County’ is a beautiful portrayal of the experiences of refugees and immigrants who have built new lives in Fairfield County,” Claudia Connor, President and CEO of the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI), said in a news release. “We premiered the exhibit at Fairfield Museum and History Center in 2018 in celebration of our 100th anniversary. Highlighting the story of so many immigrants and refugees was an extraordinary way to showcase the work CIRI has done since its founding in 1918 — and the importance of the work going forward.
“The exhibition recently won an Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History for its achievement in civic engagement, as well as its preservation and interpretation of state and local history,” Connor continued. “This is so validating for the many immigrants and refugees who have rebuilt their lives and created a sense of home in Connecticut. We are thrilled to bring ‘An American Story’ to Greenwich in partnership with the Greenwich Historical Society and are excited to share new stories from the Greenwich community.”
“I am inspired by this poignant and visually stunning exhibition of immigrants and refugees who risked everything to achieve a better life and, in the process, have enriched our lives here in Fairfield County,” said Debra Mecky, Executive Director and CEO of the Greenwich Historical Society. “We are extremely grateful to the Fairfield Museum and History Center and CIRI for their partnership in enabling us to present and expand these stories to include more of our Greenwich neighbors. The theme is timely and aligns perfectly with our mission for strengthening the community’s connection to our past, to each other and to our future.”
Greenwich Historical Society, 47 Strickland Road, Greenwich’s Cos Cob section. Tuesday, Oct. 2-Monday, Jan. 6. Gallery hours: Wednesday- Sunday noon-4 p.m. 203-869-6899.