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Greenwich Historical Society ushers in new leadership for new era

November 18, 2018

GREENWICH — The Greenwich Historical Society’s Board of Trustees has been reorganized with new leadership after an autumn meeting.

Haley Rockwell Elmlinger and Bruce Dixon are the new co-chairs of the board.

Elmlinger’s volunteer efforts with the society began when she was a docent at the Bush-Holley House while she was a student at Greenwich Academy.

“I couldn’t be more proud and excited to be a part of this vital organization at this pivotal moment,” Elmlinger said in a statement. She has been a Greenwich Historical Society trustee and has served as chair of its Strategic Planning Committee. Elmlinger is a past president of the board of trustees of the Greenwich Library and is a former trustee of Greenwich Academy. She is currently a senior adviser at Fieldpoint Private in Greenwich.

Dixon is a longtime trustee, and he also served the Historical Society as treasurer. He is a former partner of Ernst & Young.

“It’s been thrilling to be a part of the campus expansion from the planning stages through completion. Our town’s important history and cultural heritage has a stunning new home that will be treasured for generations to come,” Dixon said.

He is also on the Director’s Council of the Historic House Trust in New York City, a board member and vice president of the Greenwich Land Trust, and board member and treasurer of the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell.

It has been a busy fall at the Greenwich Historical Society, which last month celebrated the grand opening of its newly renovated and expanded campus on Strickland Road.

The $12 million project includes the restoration of Toby’s Tavern to its original incarnation as a railroad hotel in the 1800s as well as a new 10,000-square-foot museum where visitors can research, shop, enjoy a snack or take in major exhibitions.

“We are the new Greenwich Historical Society,” Executive Director Debra Mecky said of the improvements at the site, which celebrates the town’s Colonial roots as well as the accoplishments of the Cos Cob Arts Colony.

“We are a destination for people in New England and New York who come here because of the strong national story we have to tell about the site’s connection to the American Impressionists,” Mecky said last month. “That’s something that is truly a treasure right here in our own community, and we should show it off.”

The Greenwich Historical Society, which was founded in 1931, also boasts improved accessibility via its new parking lot, glass entranceway and elevator. Its first new exhibition, called “History Is…,” looks at the many ways people can explore and connect with the past.

B. Cort Delany, John Dixon and Susan Larkin were also named as trustees at the historical society.

Delany, a Greenwich native, is a principal in the Greenwich office of Cummings & Lockwood’s Private Clients Group. He is commodore of the Belle Haven Club and a past Brunswick School trustee and Executive Committee member.

Dixon was chief editor of Progressive Architecture from 1972 to 1996. An advocate for preservation since the 1960s, he has served on the Town of Greenwich Architectural Review Committee and is a member of the historical society’s Buildings and Grounds Committee.

Author of “The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore,” Larkin has served the Greenwich Historical Society as chairman of the board, trustee, chair of the exhibitions and art advisory committees and as member of the Executive Committee and the Professional Advisory Board.

Previous reporting by Staff Writer Ken Borsuk contributed to this story.

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