Adults and children are eagerly snapping photos of favorite places and top five photos will be announced on Founders’ Day, July 18!
The Greenwich Historical Society’s new July 12th deadline for submitting photos for This Place Matters! is in response to growing enthusiasm among residents, including many families, for capturing the places that matter to them, and the natural alliance afforded by Founders’ Day for enabling participants to make meaningful connections with Greenwich’s history.
Momentum Building: Even School Children Are in on It!
This Place Matters! Chairperson Carrie Wallack is enthusiastic about the buzz in town: “People are excited about sharing what makes Greenwich special! I’ve been especially heartened by the response from school children who are eagerly involved in sharing their favorite places. We’re confident our extended deadline will bring out many more children and adults who will want to share images and stories about what makes our town such a desirable place.”
Finley Marshall and Lucinda Mccall at Ada’s Candy Store in Riverside. “This place matters because we can ride our bikes here and get candy and homemade ice cream sandwiches!”
Participation is Easy and Fun
Residents simply snap photos of the Greenwich places that matter to them and submit them by July 12th, with a few words about why they make Greenwich special, to the Historical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photographers posting on social media can simply tag the Greenwich Historical Society and use the hash tag #thisplacemattersgreenwich. No special photography skills are necessary. All details are on the Greenwich Historical Society website: www.greenwichhistory.org.
A collection of prizes for the winners include several highly anticipated annual events sponsored by the Greenwich Historical Society:
• Tickets for two to the Antiquarius Opening Night Party for the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show: Fine Art, Jewelry and Antiques
• Tickets for two to the Antiquarius Holiday House Tour
• One family membership to the Greenwich Historical Society
• One family pass to the Greenwich Historical Society Fall Festival
• A collection of Greenwich-themed books for children and adults
Social Judging Designed to Mobilize Entire Town
A two-staged judging process allows all interested individuals and a talented jury to choose the winners. Semi-finalists will be selected from the submitted photos posted to the Historical Society’s Facebook photo contest page with criteria including the most votes. Prize winners will be determined by a jury consisting of Michael Biondo, architectural photographer; Rachel Franco, preservation advocate; Joseph Kantorski, professional graphic designer, and Robin Kencel, co-chair of the Town of Greenwich public relations initiative.
Founders’ Day Venue Reinforces Connection to Greenwich’s History
“Founders’ Day provides an ideal venue for recognizing winners of our modern documentary project to showcase the places in town that matter,” says Greenwich Historical Society Chairman Davidde Strackbein. “The July 18th celebration at Greenwich Point Park, on the site where the Founders’ 1640 deed has been mounted, attracts residents who cherish our town’s heritage, and it has the additional benefit of giving residents more time to take photos of the places that matter to them and are worth preserving for future generations.”
This Place Matters! is inspired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s initiative to encourage preservation.