Silvio Bedini grew up in Ridgefield and became a very famous historian. He ultimately became a curator at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. He was asked in 1958 to write a brochure about the history of Ridgefield for the town’s 250th anniversary. In three months he produced an outstanding local history titled Ridgefield in Review. His interest in history can be traced back to a visit to the Ridgefield Library while growing up. He was allowed to visit the basement historical room by a kindly librarian. The librarian allowed him to see, but not to touch, the sword that had been presented to Sergeant Jeremiah Keeler by the Marquis de Lafayette. He was hooked by history.