Summing up Maron Salame, it’s safe to say that he is open to discovery — lots of it.
Whether it’s what’s revealed in the mud flats of his native Long Island Sound, what’s signified in the tomes featured in Brunswick’s in-depth offering of the classics, or what’s discovered far beyond Greenwich — in the hallowed, dry ruins of ancient Greece — Salame learned early that all kinds of treasure can be found through the simple act of looking closely at the world.
He traces his fascination with history to the nature hikes he took with his father as a young boy. The two explored the handmade stone walls of New England’s farming past, and found there the relics of the people living then. A ’Wick lifer who decided on Dartmouth for college, Salame describes those early finds as “little bits of glory” — old horseshoes, shards of glass, pieces of bottles.
As he grew older, his searches got more systematic as he learned to overlay old fire insurance maps with Google satellite maps, and to visit tidal mud flats at very low tide. A silver pocket watch, hotel tokens, military tokens, and finally, beautiful hand-blown, fully intact, antique bottles.
“There’s so much you can tell when you hold a bottle,” Saleme said. “I can look at bottles as a piece of art. A lot of these bottles are art — hand blown.”
Salame now boasts a collection of maybe 2,000 antique bottles, all of them plucked from obscurity from the environs around Fairfield County.
“I’m intellectually curious, and interested in local history,” he says. “This is a tangible, active way to study it.
“I think I’ll love it forever.”
Beyond his bottle collection, Salame’s Brunswick achievements are considerable.
Having earned a prestigious Brunswick Classics Diploma, he graduated Cum Laude and was also named the winner of the Kulukundis Cup for achieving the highest academic standing of the year. He was elected Ivy Speaker by his classmates, and offered wise words at the socially-distanced, 2020 Commencement.
Salame also earned the Community Service Award for his work to increase English literacy among the underprivileged in Stamford. He did this through the study of Latin, using Spanish to bridge the gap, through an Aequora site he founded in 2018 at the Chester Addison Community Center.
Salame was also part of the Living Greek in Greece High School program in the summer of 2018.
“My interest in the archaeology of Greece and local archaeology stem from my same curiosity to uncover the mysteries of the past. Greece was so amazing because the history I uncover here in New England is only measured in hundreds of years, while the history of Greece is measured in millennia.”