Greenwich Historical Society showcases immigrants’ experiences to Connecticut

Story by Maura Nowak, Staff Writer

The Greenwich Historical Society is currently featuring “An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield County,” which is open to the public from October 2nd, 2019 to January 6th, 2020.

The exhibition tells the unique stories of immigrants who traveled, whether by choice or as refugees, to Connecticut from five different continents. Their experiences are expressed through various different mediums, such as photos, artifacts, and first-hand accounts. The immigrants were from a wide range of countries, including Italy, Cambodia, India, Mexico, Cuba, and many other countries that enrich the colorful community of Fairfield County.

“An American Story” was organized by the Fairfield Museum and History Center, and the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, otherwise known as CIRI, and premiered for the organization’s 100th anniversary. CIRI is a nonprofit organization that works throughout Connecticut to assist immigrants and refugees and help them integrate into the community. They want to promote cultural understanding and acceptance for all, and they help nearly 5,000 people each year. The exhibition was later transferred and expanded by the Greenwich Historical Society, where it is now available to view.

For anyone who is interested in the historical background of Connecticut’s communities, how they were formed and transformed into what they are today, or even anyone who is interested in human stories of resilience, compassion, and hope, this exhibition is a must-see. It recently received an Award of Excellence from the American Association for Stae and Local History, which is a great honor.

The gallery is open from noon to 4 PM. It leaves soon, so make sure you catch it while you can!