NORWALK, CONN. -- Norwalk 2.0 is collecting images that document the history of Wall Street and downtown Norwalk and illustrate its many changes throughout the years.
A selection of the entries will be chosen for reproduction in a walking history trail exhibit and map and website that will be installed next month.
Anyone interested in helping with the project is asked to bring old photos, maps or other interesting documents to POP City (68 Wall St.), specifically photos, maps, images or anything that illustrates the history of downtown between the 1930s and the 1980s. Collection dates are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and 4-8 p.m., Aug. 26. All materials will be scanned on the spot and returned.
Images that are selected will be reproduced and displayed as part of an outdoor exhibit at key points along the arts trail established as part of Norwalk 2.0’s creative place-making project, "FACES of Norwalk." This initiative is designed to ignite activity in downtown Norwalk and bring back a sense of community and pride in the neighborhood.
Wall Street, which connects the east and west parts of Norwalk with a bridge over the Norwalk River has been a vital part of Norwalk's growth up until the 1955 flood. Norwalk 2.0’s ongoing project aims to capture the cultural significance of the history since that point and has created programs and projects that have brought attention to the area.
"We've long been believers that cultural exhibits don't have to always be in a formal setting and contained within a building out of context where things actually happened," said Jackie Lightfield co-founder of Norwalk 2.0 in a prepared statement. "We hope that by placing an exhibit in context of what is here now and what was once there will enable the viewer to explore the ties to the recent past and connect with how history is something that is living part of a community."
Norwalk 2.0 is a community and economic development organization dedicated to bringing people back to heart of Norwalk’s downtown.