Notable Women from Greenwich & the Nutmeg State

Greenwich Librarians Rick Hansen and Dora Salm teamed up recently to create a glass display cases in the Main Library themed on Glorious Greenwich Gals and Notable Nutmeg Women.

Click HERE to view the complete slideshow of some amazing women from Greenwich and from Connecticut. Do you recognize some of these interesting women?

As always, check the Oral History Project blog for rave reviews of transcripts. 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.


Can you find an article on Amelia Earhart or Elizabeth Cady Stanton in your digitized Historical Greenwich Time?

Click this link for the Historical Greenwich Newspaper Collection (Internet Explorer is recommended)
Select “Remote Access”
Enter your library barcode number
Explore the single search bar or use the filters to locate fully digitized images of the Greenwich Time from 1877-current



The Greenwich Graphic [article 1 of 2 below]

This excerpt from November 14, 1908 (page 7) describes Nora Stanton Blatch, the grand-daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton “who called the first woman’s rights convention in 1848, the first ever held in the world.” Here, the article describes her academic accomplishments including her interest in hydraulics. She’s recently become Mrs. Lee De Forest, after marrying Dr. Lee De Forest, and their honeymoon is detailed with exciting studies in wireless communication possibilities between the Eiffel tower in Paris and the Metropolitan Life building in New York.

Can you locate more local references to Women’s Rights Pioneers or the birth of wireless communication?

 [continue reading below for article 2 of 2]












The Greenwich Graphic [article 2 of 2]

This excerpt from September 24, 1904 (page 7) also describes Nora Stanton Blatch. The column is titled “Dames and Daughters” and goes on to announce notable accomplishments. Who swam two and half miles across Lake Geneva; who served as a police matron for thirteen years; where is the oldest woman in the world purported to be; who met and received a gift from General Lafayette, the famed hero of America’s War for Independence (Lafayette visited Greenwich in 1824, is this where the item was given)?

The unusual image to the right of the article is unrelated, but quite an eye-catcher. The article describes the new “gigantic electro magnet the largest of its kind in the world” at the Bridgeport Hospital. Workers in steel need assistance from the surgical machine to help remove minute particles from their eyes. What were these steel factories producing? Can you locate more innovations from our local history?