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Campaign Funding Areas

Historic Toby’s Building and Storehouse Restoration—$2.7 million

Historic Toby’s Tavern and Storehouse Restored

Key parts of the capital plan are the restoration of the historic building that housed the Railroad Hotel and Toby’s Tavern to its art colony era appearance to complement Bush-Holley House (site of the American Impressionist art colony) and the adaptation of the Post Office/Storehouse for consolidated offices, significantly increasing the green space of the campus. The Toby’s building interior will provide a new visitor information desk, museum shop and café, along with exhibition space for community artists and, on the second and third floors, a conference room and permanent storage for collections. Following the relocation of collections to the new Archives and Galleries building, the Storehouse will be adapted to accommodate all staff in one building.

Toby’s Building: New Artists’ Café

Toby’s Building: New Volunteer Conference Room

Parking, Landscaping and Wayfinding—$1.4 million

Expanded Parking with Accessibility to Single Point of Entry

The parking area, expanded to double its current capacity with 26 additional parking spaces, will lead directly to a single point of entry with a reception area and an elevator to the upper level of the site. Restored historic landscaping will provide more green space for outdoor events and the summer camp.

Courtyard

Courtyard

Open Space for Children’s Programs and Events

Open Space for Children’s Programs and Events

Archives and Gallery Space—$7.7 million

Welcoming Lobby

Welcoming Lobby

 Archives Reading Room

Archives Reading Room

New Galleries and State-of-the-Art Technology

The core campus redesign will be a new building to include the archives, orientation and exhibition galleries; state-of-the-art, compact storage for current and future collections; a welcoming visitors’ lobby and reading room for the public; and a separate workspace for archivists and researchers to process and preserve collections.

Orientation and Permanent Exhibition Gallery

Orientation and Permanent Exhibition Gallery

Flex Gallery for Art and History Exhibitions

Flex Gallery for Art and History Exhibitions

Fund for Program Enrichment—$1.7 million

The Fund for Program Enrichment will support and sustain programmatic initiatives for years to come and will include education, exhibitions and public programs; research, collections and digital publications; and archival preservation.

A focus on outcomes—not merely activities

The Greenwich Historical Society will maintain its superb educational and research standards and national accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, while strengthening its role as one of the preeminent historical societies and National Historic Landmarks in the United States. The Fund for Program Enrichment supports delivery and expansion of the Historical Society’s core programs throughout the campaign and construction phases. The $1.7 million included in the $18.5 million campaign budget is a restricted fund that supplements the Annual Fund/Greenwich Historic Trust to ensure sustained high-quality experiences throughout the campaign, and includes:

Tablets, listening devices and documentary-style videos encourage interactive learning.

Tablets, listening devices and documentary-style videos encourage interactive learning.

Exhibitions use original artifacts to stimulate 
curiosity and reflection.

Exhibitions use original artifacts to stimulate curiosity and reflection.

  1. Exhibitions and Public Programs
    • New, highly accessible permanent exhibition and audio-visual orientation to Greenwich and the Impressionist art colony
    • Annual distinguished lectures on history, art and preservation
    • New young adult conversation and event programs
Art and History Camp and after-school programs promote student learning throughout the year.

Art and History Camp and after-school programs promote student learning throughout the year.

Inquiry-based and place-based learning empowers students to think as curators

Inquiry-based and place-based learning empowers students to think as curators and develop a sense of connection to the community in which they live and go to school.

  1. Youth and Family Programs
    • Ongoing and expanded student programs at Bush-Holley Historic Site and in the Vanderbilt Education Center classroom, including high school internships
    • Summer camp on the enlarged campus
    • Development of online learning resources for use on student tablets
    • Expanded programs and events for youth and families in the spring, fall and winter holiday seasons
  2. Research, Collections and Digital Communications
    • New public digital collections portal (digital.greenwichhistory.org) and five new online exhibitions
    • New volunteer program to engage seniors in reading, cataloguing, writing, preservation and teaching
    • Expanded public hours for the Archives Reading Room and new archival rotating exhibitions
    • Monthly delivery of digital historic content to members and the public through subscription
    • Expanded website with five new online exhibitions
    • Increased interactivity through social media targeted primarily to young adults
  3. Historic Preservation
    • Expanded 18th-century research, interpretation and preservation plan for Bush-Holley House
    • New Preservation Network to provide a forum for communication and collaboration among preservation groups and individuals
    • Annual Greenwich Landmarks recognition and education program

Building the Endowment—$5 million

In order to sustain our new campus and the increased activities that will take place there, the Greenwich Historical Society’s Endowment must increase in tandem with operational expenses and needs.

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