Oral History Project
Local history as told by people who witnessed it.
Tod's Point brings the history and evolution of the town's crown jewel, Greenwich Point. This book includes excerpts from sixty-seven narrators and many photographs of our beloved waterfront town park.
Tod's Point, our most popular book, has been reprinted and is available for $18. To order your copy, go to the Books for Sale page and follow the payment instructions.
This book can also be purchased at Back 40 Mercantile, 496 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT 06870.
Tod's Point makes a wonderful gift, whether it's for a hostess gift, for someone's birthday, a "Welcome to Greenwich" gift, or your own indulgence.
The Greenwich Library Oral History Project is a collection of interviews with people who have helped to make or witnessed the history of Greenwich, Connecticut, since 1890.
To date, the collection contains almost one thousand interviews and 139 books.
The entire collection is available at the Greenwich Library, as well as the Cos Cob and Byram branches, and Perrot Memorial Library. Books and transcribed interviews may be purchased at the Oral History Project office.
Read our latest blog:
A Fateful Day on the Mianus River, Part Two
(or Night Falls into the River)
Today, when the nation’s infrastructure is cause for serious concern, the story of the Mianus River Bridge collapse is more relevant than ever.
On June 28, 1983, shortly after midnight, a section of the Mianus River Bridge on I-95 collapsed, The event was a tragedy for the families involved and traumatic for the Greenwich communities, Cos Cob and Riverside. Residents soon found their lives in turmoil over the scope of the event, not the least of which was massive disruption as traffic was diverted from the highway to and through these neighborhoods.
The current blog focuses on two narrators from our collection: a nearby resident who warned the transportation department that the bridge had been making unusual noises; and a reporter who investigated the bridge inspection system that was in place at that time.
The Grace Notes
The Grace Notes, a volunteer women's a cappella singing group, has been bringing the joy of music to people in Greenwich and surrounding communities for more than fifty years. The Oral History Project interviewed three members (two former and one current) of the group who shared their marvelous experiences.
Grace Notes is available for purchase at the OHP office for $20. To order your copy, go to the Books for Sale page and follow the payment instructions.