DISCOVER new haven’s “lost” TREASURES

All in a day’s work: Robert S. Greenberg unearths a time capsule in New Haven, CT.

All in a day’s work: Robert S. Greenberg unearths a time capsule in New Haven, CT.

For 20 years Robert S. Greenberg has collected and assembled historical New Haven antiques and artifacts for an upcoming 2020 installation about the amazing stories from New Haven. Many articles have been written supporting his vast preservation of these rare historical artifacts and investigation of their important stories. This large assemblage of artifacts will become the cornerstone for future educational formats including films, books and artwork to help enlighten students and the public about the importance of New Haven CT to the building of our American economy, culture and innovation.

Greenberg has been featured in articles in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Artscope, The New Haven Independent , The Daily Nutmeg, The New Haven Register, Yale Daily News, Artspace, Newport Daily News, Newport This Week, Sun Valley Times, NPR News, Network Connecticut, WTNH 8, WNBC 30, WFSB 3 amongst many others. 

Billed as “an adventure into the Elm City’s Cabinet of Curiosities,” around 35 tour-goers braved rainy conditions to attend a second, sold-out visit to New Haven’s newest depot of historic artifacts and memorabilia.

“But don’t call it a museum,” said Robert Greenberg, tour guide, owner and curator of the thousands of objects on display. “It’s really a sculpture,” he said.

Located on the edge of Fair Haven, Lost in New Haven takes up 3,500 square feet of the 20,000 square-foot building. Above the nondescript entryway at 424 Grand Ave., in a 1920s structure that once housed a trolley garage and New Haven’s first bus depot, a temporary sign reads “Lost in New Haven.”

Although Lost in New Haven is not fully operational and open to the public, Greenberg said that inquiries for fee-based private viewings, tours, and events can currently be made through email:

Read the New Haven Independent article "History Found at Lost in New Haven."

Robert S. Greenberg has been prying this city’s secrets from its soil since he was a boy digging up coins at the beach. He divines information about its former denizens from the color of the dirt, and from the litter he finds, layers beneath the surface, from almost four centuries ago, when the British first settled here.

Mr. Greenberg, a 52-year-old amateur historian, springs into action anytime construction crews are about to dig in a spot that might contain traces of old New Haven, and pleads for the chance to retrieve objects as the bulldozers peel away the subterranean layers.

“I know that sounds odd,” Mr. Greenberg said, “but if you read the dirt, you can tell what different time periods the developers have hit.”

Read the New York Times article "Saving Scraps From the Past Amid New Haven’s Revitalization."

This museum presents a graphic documentary history of New Haven from its settlement in 1638 to the present day with artifacts and relics from the past and present. Every piece in the collection tells some story of the social, cultural, political and economic history of New Haven. So much information and inspiration is provided here to learn about our city. Great presentation by museum creator Robert Greenberg!
— Robert Gibson, tour-goer at Lost in New Haven, retired New Haven history teacher and librarian



Dead Speak on the Green: A protest against the occupiers on the New Haven Green. April 6th 2012

Dead Speak on the Green: A protest against the occupiers on the New Haven Green. April 6th 2012


NEW HAVEN >> There may be a spanking new Five Guys restaurant at 91 Church St., but the crowd on Saturday, complete with the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Second Company, Governor’s Foot Guard, were gathered for something old that has been restored to its rightful place.

An 83-year-old plaque marking the spot where President George Washington worshipped at Trinity Episcopal Church — and which had once been stolen and sold for scrap — was rededicated after its return to the renovated building, once was a Kresge’s department store.

“For me personally, the plaque was something that our ancestors placed so the future generations would be able to understand the importance of these locations,” said Robert Greenberg, a local historian who was integral to the tablet being found after he noticed it missing in 2011. “This plaque is a bronze memorial to an event, just a very small moment in time,” he said.

“This is my way of bringing them up and letting them talk,” the 49-year-old artist said.

He called his installation of headstones a way of reminding people what’s underneath the Green: the bodies of hundreds of early New Haveners, still interred there from back when the Green was used as a cemetery.

The reminder is also a rebuke directed at Occupy New Haven, the camp of protesters that has held a spot on the upper Green for nearly six months. The camp has become “a mess” and it’s dishonoring the history of the city, Greenberg said. “I feel the New Haven Green has been disrespected.”…