Oral History Project
Local history as told by people who witnessed it.
Our most popular book, Tod's Point, has been reprinted. It is available for purchase at the OHP office for $18. If you want it mailed to you, please add $2 per book for shipping and handling. To order your copy, go to the Books for Sale page and follow the payment instructions.
The book may also be purchased at Back 40 Mercantile, 496 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT 06870.
Tod's Point, with excerpts from sixty-seven narrators and many photographs of a beloved waterfront town park, makes a wonderful holiday or hostess gift.
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 more than 990 interviews and 138 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:
Alvin W. Napper
Lee Haven Beach Club, Board of Directors
Crispus Attucks Center, director
NAACP-Greenwich, active member
Our blog focuses on one of two interviews with Mr. Napper—The Lee Haven Beach Club. This club was originally created as a recreational venue for professional Blacks from nearby metropolitan areas and, eventually, open to all Blacks in and around Greenwich.
Despite many challenges and obstacles, this club was briefly in operation from 1949 through 1952.
Want to learn more? Read the blog, or come into Greenwich Library and read the entire interview, where you can also look for Mr. Napper's second interview, Reflections on Being Black in Greenwich.
Please stay warm!