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The Art of the Oyster

Humans have been consuming oysters for thousands of years.
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Oysters have been part of the human diet for thousands of years. It’s no wonder then that many of us know them as a favored menu item. But these beloved bivalves have a history that extends far beyond the dinner plate. 

In Connecticut and across the East Coast, that history involves centuries of economic and ecological value -- something highlighted in one of the Bruce Museum’s latest exhibits, “Oysters, Pearls of Long Island Sound.”

On the program, we talk about some of the oyster facts and artifacts featured in that exhibit. We also check in with a farming expert and two local chefs to see how the oyster business is faring. And Filmmaker Nailah Jefferson will tell us about her documentary, “Vanishing Pearls -- The Oystermen of Pointe à la Hache.”


  • Kathleen Holko - Manager of School and Tour Services at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT
  • Bob Rheault​ - Executive Director of the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association
  • Kim Kozcka - Oyster Specialist for the Max Group at Max Fish
  • Chris Prosperi - Recipe Columnist at The Hartford Courant and Chef at Metro Bis Restaurant
  • Nailah Jefferson - Director of “Vanishing Pearls -- The Oystermen of Pointe à la Hache”