Thursday, June 07, 2007
This is the third annual Connecticut Open House Day involving 200 other organizations and attractions throughout the state. The East Haddam Historical Society Museum features an exhibit and 35-minute film on William Gillette and Sherlock Holmes featuring Gillette protege Helen Hayes, created by Peter Loffredo of Connecticut Heritage Productions. Works of such famous local artists as Heinz Warneke and W. Langdon Kihn are a part of the museum's holdings, along with a photographic display of the mills of Moodus, Millington Green Post Office and General Store, Moodus Drum and Fife Corps memorabilia, miniatures of the Goodspeed Opera House and an 18th-century East Haddam dwelling and outbuildings, Indian artifacts dating to 1300 B.C. and an exhibit on the last of the New England whalers, Captain George Comer.
East Haddam is comprised of the areas known as Millington, Hadlyme, North Plains, Leesville, Johnsonville, Moodus, Little Haddam and East Haddam Landing. The EHHS, located on Route 82 (264 Town Street) will soon celebrate the opening of an important new wing presently awaiting a Certificate of Occupancy. Phone 860-873-3944; email email@example.com.
You will find the Connecticut Open House participants are listed at http://ctvisit.com/open_house_properties.htm describing what each property is offering. Search engine found at the CT Heritage site: http://www.ctheritage.org/
Oliver Ellsworth Homestead
778 Palisado Ave.(Rte. 159)
Phone: (860) 688-8717
Nathan Hale Homestead
2299 South St.
Phone: (860) 742-6917
Free admission (reg. $7)
New London County Historical Society
11 Blinman St.
New London, CT
Phone: (860) 443-1209
Friday, May 25, 2007
Bring a picnic and join us after the East Haddam parade (Monday, May 28, 2007) for a day of family fun on the beautiful Amasa Day House grounds. 11-00-3:00.One of the house’s of the Antiquirian and Landmark Society.
Free admission to the grounds and free tours of the 1816 Federal – style house, home Civil War Veteran Eugene Chafee, Amasa Day's son-in- law. Donations are kindly requested.Civil War Re-enactors! Join the drill and more. Living history at its best!
12:45 performance of the East Haddam stage company’s “They call me Lizzie… from Slavery to the White House.” Best known as dressmaker and confidant to Mary Todd Lincoln.
Purchase refreshments, victorian toys and much more.
From Rte 9; Exit 7, Moodus, to Rte 82 East. Pass Goodspeed Opera House to Rte. 149. Museum is north 4.2 miles at the junction of Rtes 149 and 151.
From Rte 2: Exit 16, Moodus, right onto Rte 149 South. Museum is south 8 miles at the intersection of Rtes 149 and 151.
Amasa Day House
On the Green
Moodus, Connecticut 06469
(860) 247-8996 ext. 12
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
The 109th Reunion of the descendants of Cornelius Davis, 2nd will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2006*. The group will meet at noon at the American Legion Hall, 3 Monson Rd. (just north of the intersection of Rtes. 32 and 190), Stafford Springs, Connecticut. ... We'll also have awards for the youngest, the oldest, the family member having come the greatest distance, and the family with the most members present.
We would like to know who will be coming by August 1, 2006, so that we may plan accordingly. ... Distance and other reasons will prevent many members from attending. We would still like to hear from you with vital information, address changes, and addresses of family members who may not be on the mailing list or changes to be made to the Family Tree.
Expenses for the Reunion are financed by a "free will" collection taken during the meeting and by generous donations received by mail.
As always, The Family Tree and the Davis Family Genealogy will be on display. These represent the on-going efforts of family members who continue to update the records of the Davis family.
Come join us as we reunite in historic Stafford, CT, originally settled by Cornelius Davis, 2nd. Davis Family Reunions have been held annually on the 3rd Sunday in August, except for a few years during World War II, starting in the late 1890s.
Sincerely, Holly Ann Thisdale,Davis Reunion Secretary
If you'd like to attend, please contact by August 1st:
Mark K. Davis; 10510 Auburndale Rd. Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023-2344
Calling all descendants of FRANCIS BUSHNELL, to attend the first-ever, all-lineages reunion July 5-8 in Hartford Connecticut and July 9-18 in England. You can come to just one or both events. The one in Hartford will start with a tour and dedication of a gift to the Bushnell Park, which is also the front yard of the Connecticut state capitol. Following that, we’ll go on to The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts nearby, for lunch and a tour of that stately facility. It was erected in memory of Horace Bushnell, one of the movers and shakers of early Hartford, and, thus, the reason it was chosen to be the site of this reunion. The next day we’ll travel south to Guilford, Conn., the city Francis helped found upon his arrival in New England in 1639, and where there is an original building that we think Francis helped construct. We’ll also visit the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, where there is a replica of David Bushnell’s “Turtle” – a device he invented during the Revolutionary War to “harass the enemy” and which is a forerunner of our modern submarine. On Sunday we’ll visit a church that Daniel Bushnell helped build, and tour nearby cemeteries. While in Connecticut, we’ll lodge at the Rocky Hill Marriott Hotel at a rate of $99.68, including all taxes. Contact http://cwp.marriott.com/bdirh/bushnellreunion for information and registry.
On July 9 we’ll fly to England for the next eight days, visiting and exploring the towns where Francis lived, along with seeing the extraordinary sites to the south and west of London. The last three days we’ll be in London, with free time to do what you want as well as planned tours of the more famous landmarks. Our travel agency, Holidays Unlimited, has given us an estimated cost of $2600; which includes all transportation costs, hotel rates and fees including breakfasts, two dinners and one afternoon tea, and entrance fees to sites on the itinerary. Please pre-register with the coordinator, Kitty Dye, 2855 Sand Road, Port Clinton, OH 43452-2744; 419-734-4588; firstname.lastname@example.org . Additional information can be found on the family website: bushnell.homestead.com or contact Kitty for print copies.
The AVERY Memorial Association Family Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at Seaman's Inn in Mystic, CT from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A buffet lunch will be served at 12 noon. After meeting entertainment will be a magic show by Joseph Potter, Colonial American Magician.
On Sunday, July 22 at 10 a.m. there will be a church service at the First Church of Christ Congregational Church in Groton, CT. Also a cemetery workshop at the Avery-Morgan Burying Ground in Groton, CT. The Ebenezer Avery House will be open both days. The cost is $40 for adults which includes the buffet and admission to Mystic Seaport. Deadline is June 30, 2007
2007 Triennial Reunion of GFA To Be Held in Ledyard, Connecticut, June 22, 23, and 24, 2007!
The next General Meeting and Reunion of the Geer Family Association will be held in Ledyard, Connecticut, June 22, 23, and 24, 2007. Members and non-members alike are welcome! On the GFA page is a brief version of the GFA Summer Newsletter with information about this reunion available to download in Acrobat Reader. (To download free Adobe Acrobat Reader, click the button here. ) The reunion agenda, lodging information, and places to see in the Ledyard area are all in a downloadable section of the Newsletter -- go to "The GFA" page (link at left), then scroll down and click on the picture of the newsletter;or click here. A PDF version of the newsletter pages about the reunion will open. To register, click here for a Word version of the registration form, or here for a PDF version of it. We look forward to seeing you there!
New Geer Crest Shirts and Jackets
If you want to look really spiffy at the reunion, you can order new shirts and jackets with the Geer Crest on them. Click here to download the order form, with pictures, descriptions, and prices, in PDF format. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this file.) Print out the order form, fill out your order, make out your check to Rambow, Inc. Important note: Mail your order to Marilyn Geer, 214 Dogwood St. N.E., New London, MN 56273. When Marilyn gets enough orders for one style, she will send them to Rambow. $2 from each order goes to the GFA. If you have questions, please call Maryilyn at 612-273-0296 or email her at email@example.com.
Mystic Seaport's Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies is currently accepting applications for its summer courses in American maritime history. Early registration shows an interesting mix of students. Some will take the courses for graduate credit, while others will audit classes just for the joy of it.
Enrollment for the June 18 through July 26 Institute is, however, limited. Further information and applications are available by writing Co-Director Glenn S. Gordinier, Ph.D. at Munson Institute, 75 Greenmanville Ave., P.O. Box 6000, Mystic, CT 06355 or via the Internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvard's Professor Robert Albion founded the Institute in 1955. Since that time, hundreds of students from all walks of life have passed through the program and gone on to complete higher degrees, and publish numerous books and articles. Institute offerings are fully accredited by Trinity College and the University of Connecticut. This summer's offerings include: an American Maritime History Survey, a Maritime Studies Seminar and Independent Research.
The Munson faculty is made up of scholars from across the country. They are leading authorities on topics like ship technology, women and the sea, African-American seafaring, marine archeology, seafaring culture, the history of marine science and the environment. The faculty's most recent collaboration, the critically acclaimed America and the Sea has become a "must read" in the field. Another Institute resource is the newly restructured G.W. Blunt White Library, a major research library in maritime history on the Mystic Seaport grounds. The library houses a large collection of manuscripts and rare books and is available to Munson students.
During the six weeks of study, the 17 acres of Mystic Seaport serve as a unique campus where the nuances of maritime life are in evidence in scores of historic settings including the whaleship Charles W. Morgan. Additionally, Munson students participate in field trips to Newport and the old whaling ports of New London and Stonington, CT. They are also offered unique opportunities such as rowing or sailing period watercraft on the Mystic River and cruising aboard SABINO, America's last coal-fired passenger vessel.
Mystic Seaport works to preserve and exhibit the maritime heritage of America and to tell the story of America and the sea. The staff includes 350 professionals from a wide range of disciplines.
Glenn S. Gordinier, Ph.D.
Robert G. Albion Historian
Co-Director, Munson Institute
860 572 0711 ext. 5089
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007: Connecticut Genealogist Society
SPEAKER: Walter Hickey,"Resources Available at the National Archives including under-utilized resources such as CT citenship papers in Waltham, MA and Boston Passenger Lists." CSG Members' Business Meeting, Election of Officers and Governors at Large, Literary Awards Presentation
Advanced Reservations are required. PLEASE NO WALK-INS. Your Reservation must be received in the CSG Office by May 16, 2007 by 3:00pm.
TIME: Registration: 8:30am, Business Meeting, etc.: 9:30am, Lunch: Noon,
LUNCH: Meal Choices are: Chicken Marsala, Broiled Sea Scallops, or Roast Loin of Pork (vegetarian dishes available). Please include your meal choice on the memo portion of your check. Thank you.
COST: $25.00, Speaker only: $20.00
THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
QUESTIONS? Call the CSG Office at 860-569-0002
Location of Event:
Hawthorne Inn, 2346 Wilbur Cross Hwy, Berlin, CT
Monday, April 16, 2007
for the Study of Connecticut History will be held on Saturday,
April 28, 2007, at the Connecticut River Museum, Essex, CT.
The meeting theme, "A River Runs through It: Putting the
Connecticut in Connecticut's History" will be addressed by
Brenda Milkofsky, Senior Curator, Connecticut River Museum,
Launching Liberty: The Connecticut Valley in The American
Revolution: Off the Walls and onto the Web.
Joseph Avitable, University of Rochester, Connecting Colonial
Connecticut to the Atlantic World Economy, 1690-1776.
Steve Grant, The Hartford Courant, The Connecticut River:
An Environmental History.
After the program, there will be a short annual business meeting
of the ASCH membership with election of officers. This will be
followed by a guided tour of the Connecticut River and lunch
aboard the RiverQuest. A copy of the entire program with registration information is available at the ASCH website: http://asch.ccsu.edu
For further information, please call or e-mail:
Patricia Bodak Stark
Monday, April 09, 2007
New and exciting additions to the collection at the Connecticut Historical Society Library.
We will be reporting new additions to our collections, mostly manuscript, but some printed material and media as well. We are constantly adding new manuscript and discovering one's already in the collection. Information about these items/collections will appear at the CHS blog before they show up in their online catalog.
Please visit the CHS blog, and if you want to keep updated, please subscribe to the RSS feed. www.manuscripts.wordpress.com
From award-winning, interactive exhibits to exciting special events and programs, plus a nationally significant library, the Connecticut Historical Society Museum presents family-friendly, educational offerings that explore Connecticut’s diverse, dynamic and changing history. Ongoing exhibits include Tours and Detours Through Early Connecticut exploring rustic life in CT over 200 years ago. Amistad– A True Story of Freedom travels through the Africans’ struggle for freedom following their 1839 revolt aboard the Amistad. Group Tours are available for both children and adults. Located at One Elizabeth Street in Hartford’s historic West End, make the CHS Museum your must-see destination along CT’s Cultural Tourism Trail, easily accessible from I-84, Exit # 46, Sisson Avenue. Exhibition hours: Tuesday - Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m. Library hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission: 4:15 p.m.). Admission is $6 (adults), $3 (seniors, students, and youths 6 - 17), FREE for children under six and CHS Museum/Old State House members and FREE the first Saturday of every month. Open year round. Closed major holidays. FREE and ample parking. Web site: www.chs.org. For information call: 860-236-5621.
Saturday, March 31, 2007
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We are happy to inform you that Godfrey Memorial Library will also have extended hours for researchers! We will be open from 9am to 8pm on April 25, 26, and 27 and April 28 from 9 am to 1 pm. Please stop by and see visit us!
Monday, March 26, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Ninth New England Regional Genealogical Conference
April 26-29 2007
Connecticut Convention Center
and Hartford Marriott Downtown
In keeping with the Conference theme, Patricia Law Hatcher, Cyndi Howells, Hank Jones, and over 45 other speakers will help genealogists “connect” to:
~ Ancestors who immigrated to and migrated out of New England (including settlement and migration patterns)
~ The wealth of information available in New England’s archives, libraries, and historical societies
~ Specific types of source materials (church, cemetery, vital, and military records; newspapers; city directories)
~ Advances in genealogical technology
MEALS AND WORKSHOPS REQUIRE ADVANCE REGISTRATION AND ADDITIONAL FEE. SOME WORKSHOPS REQUIRE SPECIAL EQUIPMENT. SEE THE FULL BROCHURE AT www.NERGC.org
Saturday, March 31, 2007, 10 am -2 pm
Freelove Baldwin Stow Chapter House
55 Prospect Street
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Sharon Steinberg, Reference and Research Librarian at the CHS Museum, guides you to the many resource treasures available in special collections libraries – including those abounding at the CHS Museum. Rare books, diaries, and letters; broadsides, maps, vintage newspapers, vital records, scrapbooks, and more are at the ready to make you a historical research whiz. Admission: $3-$6. Reservations: (860) 236-5621, x238.
"Getting Started: US Sources"
Speaker: Paul Keroack
Time: 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
"Looking in Ireland (Part 1)"
Speaker: Janet Pestey
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information call 203-877-9618 or 203-269-0166
Location of Event:Irish American Community Center,
9 Venice Place, East Haven, CT
From I-95, take exit 48 to I91-From I91 Northbound, take exit 8, Middletown Ave. Bear right at end of ramp onto Route 80/Foxon Blvd. Take right at 3rd traffic light onto Eastern St., proceed 1 mile to Venice Place (right turn). Club is at end of road.
From I-91 South, take exit 8, Middletown Ave. Bear left at end of ramp onto Route 80/Foxon Blvd. Take right at 4th traffic light on to Eastern St., proceed 1 mile to Venice Place (right turn). Club is at end of road.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Come learn how to trace your Eastern European roots from leading experts: Jonathan D. Shea, Professor of Foreign Languages at Housatonic Community College and Central Connecticut State University, Matthew Bielawa, Associate Registrar at Central Connecticut State University, and Lisa A. Alzo, author, instructor, lecturer, and researcher specializing in Slovak genealogy and immigration history. Lectures will cover research in Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Slovakia, Carpatho-Rus, and other areas of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Topics will include: Utilizing key U.S. resources (census, church, citizenship, immigration and vital records) Historical geography (working with maps, atlases, and gazetteers) Top Eastern European Web sites Archival sources in Eastern Europe Networking with fellow researchers and much more!
To register for this seminar, please call 203-332-5279 or send an e-mail to: email@example.com.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Speaker : Betty Oderwald, DAR and Member of St Andrew’s Society of CT
Ms. Oderwald will talk about the Highlanders, the Lowlanders, and the Scots-Irish and how these groups differed and came at different times. She will discuss the reasons why people leave and why they choose the places to which they go. One specific example will be the deportation of soldiers after the Battle of Dunbar through the 19th century. Betty will also bring a display of books that are useful in anyone looking at Scottish immigration, hand-outs of suggested research sources and will be happy to answer questions. Ms Oderwald is a member of the DAR through her mother’s family and her father was born in Scotland. She is currently the registrar of her DAR and C.A.R. chapters and has co-chaired all day Scottish genealogy workshops for 5 years in addition to attending many local and national genealogical conferences.
Saturday 9 am to 1 pm
Exit 15 onto Route 66 West (also Washington Street). At fifth traffic light turn right onto Route 3 North (also Newfield Street). The Library is approximately 1/4 mile on the right.
From the South on I-95, take the I-91 North exit to exit 18 (Route 66 East),
follow Route 66 east to Route 3 North (also Newfield Street).
Turn left on Route 3. The Library is approximately 1/4 mile on the right.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
By Paul Murphy and Joe Bilton. World Premier Screening.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
This year's program is part of the Beecher House Center for the Study of Equal Rights, the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation, in hull England, and the University of Connecticut’s ongoing Project – Documenting Venture Smith. A Slave’s Story was filmed in Connecticut in 2006 during the Project’s excavation of Venture’s family gravesite in East Haddam and the development of an extraordinary DNA map of the family.
Venture Smith was born in West Africa (as Broteer Furro) c. 1727-29 and sold into slavery in 1739. After being transshipped to New England and after years of terrible struggle, Venture purchased freedom for himself his family and several other enslaved people. He then developed a far-flung trading enterprise and became a major landholder in Haddam Neck where he died a free man in 1805.
As he outlined in his 1798 Narrative, Venture’s was an epic saga of emancipation and achievement spanning two centuries and affirming the power of the human spirit.
Program and Buffet Brunch-Luncheon at the Torrington Country Club in Goshen, CT
$45. Checks payable to Beecher House Society, Inc.
Beecher House Society, PO Box 124 Torrington, CT 06790
Related Links about Venture Smith:
Story and photos: http://www.flogris.org/exhibitions/2006/06Venture.html
Click of Listen: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6096911
Town Library: http://www.rathbun.lioninc.org/collection.htm#family
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Speaker: Kathryn Black, Professional reseacher and CPGC Member-at-Large.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
This program is sponsored by the Friends of Cragin and is free and open to all.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Check-out this database for “unclaimed funds" at Connecticut State Treasury Unclaimed Property Owners List:” http://www.ctbiglist.com
While I tried to find forgotten money for my immediate family, I could not. However, I did find forgotten money for other relatives! Although there are many types of unclaimed funds, most of my relatives had funds coming to them from past jobs. As you would expect some funds were from jobs of long ago, yet some jobs were fairly recent. It appears that the owners had moved without forwarding addresses. One forgotten fund was nearly $700 while another was as a mere $45.
What was my reward for passing along this discovery to family? I received one big Thank You by email. No one offered to pass along a 10% finder’s fee. Well, what is family for anyway if not to help one another out with the skills we enjoy. All were surprised about the money. You or your relatives may be surprised too.
Other tips: try alternate spellings, search only surname, use surname and first initial of given name, use the % key as a wild-card.
Don’t forget to tell them … Deborah Tajmajer sent you!
Not a Connecticut resident? Check your state for similar database.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 10:15 am at the Manchester Town Hall
Directions available at the town hall website.
CPGC Members will learn how Connecticut town clerks are utilizing new technologies and how that will assist genealogist with their research. Prospective members and guests are welcome to attend our genealogical programs. The Connecticut Professional Genealogical Council, Inc (CPGC) was formed in 1993 to foster excellence within the profession and provide support to professional genealogist and repositories in Connecticut.
Contact Deborah Tajmajer, Membership Chair, to request a brochure, a current list of professional researchers, an application, or to ask questions: CTPGC@hotmail.com
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Many meetings are held in Hartford. However, we have also hold meetings in repositories around the state such as Fairfield, Mystic, Middletown, Manchester, and Simsbury. Emails are sent to all members to keep them abreast of activities, directions, and to announce last minute happenings. If a member cannot attend a meeting, minutes and program summaries/handouts are mailed to keep them abreast of activities.
As a group, CPGC helps others. The following is only a sampling:
~ CPGC members initiated the Historic Records Preservation Act of 2000 which provides funds to Connecticut towns for the restoration and preservation of original historic records.
~ Members organize Ancestor Road Shows that are hosted by Connecticut town halls and Libraries. This is a free event where resindents can meet one-on-one with a CPGC member to help them with their family tree or research.
~ Raise funds to donate eguipment or books to Connecticut Repositories including the CT State Library, CT Historical Library and Godfrey Memorial Library.
~ This year we are preparing for a large genealogical conference (NERGC 2007) to be held at the new Conference Center in Hartford April 2007. Please visit the CPGC website for more information. http://www.rootsweb.com/~ctpgc/
Contact Deborah Tajmajer, Membership Chair, to request a brochure, an application, or ask questions: AncestorConnect@aol.com or 860-873-3330
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Dr. Nancy Steenburg, presenting new research based on our manuscript collection: “Two New Londons: Frances Caulkins and the New London Ladies’ Seamen’s Friend Society".
In the 1840s, women of New London, including historian Frances Manwaring Caulkins, founded a Ladies’ Seamen’s Friend Society to aid indigent and injured sailors. At first glance the Society seemed to have laudable goals in providing a safety net for local seamen. Yet a majority of members were the wives, daughters, or sisters of the men who owned the major whaling and shipping companies in the city. Were the charity efforts of the ladies merely a salve for the consciences of their menfolk, or did the women of New London have their own agenda of reform?
Steenburg is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point. She received her AB from Harvard, MA from Trinity College, and PhD from the University of Connecticut, all in history. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowship grants, and has published widely on Connecticut history subjects. Her 2005 book, Children and the Criminal Law in Connecticut, 1635-1855: Changing Perceptions of Childhood, was recently recognized as the year’s best book on Connecticut history by the Association for the Study of Connecticut History.
Dr. Steenburg is currently working on a biography of Frances Caulkins, a pioneering female historian, whose collected papers are part of our collection. The Society, planning a new edition of Caulkins’ unmatched 1860 work, History of New London, has called upon Steenburg’s expertise to write a new introduction to the republished book. The Second Sunday presentation will share photographs and images that will provide a rare view of 19th-century New London.
Refreshments will follow the lecture. Admission is free for members of the historical society, $5 for others.
Shaw Mansion is located at 11 Blinman Street, New London, near the intersection of Bank and Tilley Streets.
Second Sunday programs are the regular adult lecture series offered as a benefit of membership in the New London County Historical Society, and are held on the second Sundays of most months. Program admisson is free for members and $5 per person for non-members. For further information, please contact the Society at 860-443-1209. http://www.newlondonhistory.org/events.html
Saturday, January 06, 2007
"The Friends of the Godfrey Memorial Library, Inc. is an association whose purpose is to foster awareness of the library and its resources, and to strengthen and help preserve this valuable resource for genealogical and historical research for future generations."
134 Newfield Street
Middletown, CT 06457-2534
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
~A CELEBRATION~ Please join us for the 300th presentation of Pvt. William Webb: An African-American Connecticut Civil War Soldier
Remarks by Diane Smith, Host of Positively Connecticut $10 donation at the door is suggested. Donations will support the State Library and Museum of Connecticut History’s Outreach Programs. Light refreshments will be served.
Kevin Johnson is an employee of the State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit. He has been presenting William Webb for eight years and has done 299 presentations.
The Connecticut State Library provides high quality library and information services to state government and the citizens of Connecticut. It also preserves and makes accessible the records of Connecticut's history and heritage. The focus of the Museum and its collections is Connecticut's government, military and industrial history. Permanent and changing exhibits trace the growth of the State and its role in the development of the nation from the Colonial era to the present. Additional information about the State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History can be found on its Web page at http://www.cslib.org/.
Monday, January 01, 2007
Location: Phelps Tavern Museum/Simsbury Historical Society
800 Hopmeadow Street Simsbury, CT 06070
Hours: 2 PM; Admission: $6.00
Contact: (860) 658-2500
Sponsor: Phelps Tavern Museum/Simsbury Historical Society
Joshua Ruff, F. Henry Berlin History Curator at The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages, will cover the appeal of early American textiles and the contemporary wearing of and the use of colonial patterns in products made from the 1870s to the 1950s. Colonial Revival in the United States was at its height from the Philadelphia Centennial through the Depression as Americans began to romanticize their past to fit a future that included changing gender roles, immigrants, urban living and rapidly advancing technology. As in many New England towns, previously ignored homesteads in Simsbury were purchased and restored architecturally and decoratively as touchstones to an imagined past. It is the strong Colonial Revival presence in Simsbury that inspired this year’s theme.