WETHERSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO HOLD LANTERN LIGHT TOURS ON OCTOBER 16 & 17
Contact: Rachel Zilinski 860.529.7656 or Rachel.Zilinski@WethersfieldHistory.org
Mark your calendars for Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours. Join us Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2015. Hour long tours begin at 6:30 pm and will leave every 15 minutes until 8 pm. Timed tickets are sold prior to the event, with remaining tickets at the door, however, tickets sell out early and group sizes are limited, so it is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. Beginning September 16, tickets can be purchased at the Old Academy (150 Main Street) Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm or on the “Shop” section of our website, www.wethersfieldhistory.org. During this year’s tours, guests will have the opportunity to see historic portrayals of Wethersfield’s past residents who embodied Wethersfield’s entrepreneurial spirit. Tours are appropriate for ages 13 and up. Tickets are $15 per person.
Explore Wethersfield’s Ancient Burying Ground at dusk by lantern light and meet some of the individuals who helped shape our town’s more than 375 year history. Tours will be led through the Main Street neighborhood stopping to “encounter” residents from the past. Tour participants will meet historical figures like Dr. Jane Robbins, a local woman who trained as a doctor, served as a nurse in the Spanish American War and WWI and worked as a social worker in New York City’s Little Italy; Thomas Tryon, a movie star during the 1950s and writer of chilling novels; Quash Gomer, a slave from Angola that bought his freedom and raised an educated family; Leonard Chester, one of the early settlers of town that established a grist mill and Albert G. Hubbard, a carpenter and home builder who developed parts of town into a suburb.
The evening begins and ends at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center at 200 Main Street with hot cider and cookies. Rain date is Sunday, October 18. This program is made possible in part by the generous support of the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Connecticut Humanities, TD Bank, ShopRite of Manchester and East Hartford and members
of Wethersfield Historical Society. For more information about the Lantern Light Tours, please contact the Society at 860.529.7656 or email@example.com.
WETHERSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION PLANNING
Contact: Rachel Zilinski 860.529.7656 or Rachel.Zilinski@WethersfieldHistory.org
WETHERSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION PLANNING
Wethersfield Historical Society is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $20,000 grant to apply the planning of a new permanent exhibit. The grant was awarded by Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which supports cultural historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives. The new exhibit will be located at the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, Connecticut and is expected to open in 2017.
Lauren Miller, Director of Grants and Programs at Connecticut Humanities said “Wethersfield Historical Society is poised to tell some great stories of the people and events of the past that shaped this town into the vibrant community it is today. Their plans to include both community and scholarly input will help them develop an exhibition that will allow visitors to explore the human experience that has taken place in this great town. Connecticut Humanities is proud to support their efforts!”
Wethersfield Historical Society’s Executive Director Amy Northrop Wittorff said “We are very excited about the opportunity this grant gives us to seek the help of our community members in the planning process for an exhibit that will tell the stories of our community from its founding to the present day. Wethersfield has an important early history, but the contributions of many residents throughout its 400 year existence have made our town what it is today, and we need our residents’ input to capture and interpret all of that information in the best possible way. We can’t wait to get started!” Wethersfield Historical Society invites the residents and interested people to attend a focus group on Thursday, September 10 from 6 to 8 pm at the Keeney Center to share your thoughts on what the new permanent exhibition should include. State Historian Walter Woodward will open the event with a brief historical talk of Wethersfield’s place in state and national history followed by an open conversation with community feedback.
Wethersfield Historical Society (WHS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, membership supported organization. Since its founding in 1932, the mission has been to “preserve and promote Wethersfield’s history and culture to inspire people today and tomorrow.” The society welcomes over 23,000 visitors to our physical sites and another 46,000 people use our online resources each year. The society also offers more than seventy public programs and community events annually. The society owns two historic houses: the Hurlbut-Dunham and the James Francis House; and manages four properties owned by the town of Wethersfield: the historic Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum, the Old Academy, the Standish House and the Wethersfield Museum and Visitor Center at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center. The Old Academy is used for the society’s offices, library and archives, while museum collections are stored at the Keeney Memorial, which also has public exhibits and meeting rooms. The society’s museum collection approximates 8,000 objects, primarily from the 19th century, with representative pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries as well as contemporary objects. The manuscript collection contains over 100 linear feet of correspondence, account books, ship logs, letters, deeds and records. The society also holds more than 1,000 photographs of Wethersfield houses, people and events and maintains a public research library of approximately 1,000 books on history and genealogy which are used by visiting researchers and the staff throughout the year.
WETHERSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S KEENEY KOOLERS CONCERT EXPANDS TO FOUR FREE OUTDOOR CONCERTS
Contact: Beth Thompson 860.529.7656 or Elizabeth.Thompson@wethersfieldhistory.org
WETHERSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S KEENEY KOOLERS SERIES EXPANDS TO FOUR FREE OUTDOOR CONCERTS THIS SUMMER–Wethersfield, CT…Wethersfield Historical Society welcomes the Hartford area and beyond to see four great bands perform at our FREE outdoor Keeney Koolers concerts this summer. Sponsored by the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Wethersfield Historical Society has been providing these concerts for over fifteen years. With the sponsorship of Farmington Bank, the society will expand from its usual three concert schedule to provide a fourth concert at the beginning of the series. Bring lawn chairs and picnic refreshments and be prepared to sing along and even dance as the audience enjoys popular songs, jazz and even original music. The 2014 concerts begin Tuesday, June 30 at 6:30 pm with the Simply Swing band and continue July 7 with longtime Connecticut favorite band Tirebiter, July 14 with The Groove Junkies and conclude July 21 with Number 9. All concerts are free of charge and are held on the front lawn of the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street. In case of rain, the concert will be held on the second floor of the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center in the Keeney Ballroom. All of Wethersfield Historical Society’s concerts are made possible by the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
The Keeney Koolers first concert Tuesday, June 30 at 6:30 pm is sponsored by Farmington Bank and features Simply Swing. They are a 10-piece swing orchestra featuring six swinging horns, a dynamic rhythm section and vocalist Vivian LaRosa performing danceable favorites and recreating memories from the Big Band and Swing Dance eras, including music from Glenn Miller to Ella Fitzgerald to Diana Krall.
Tuesday, July 7, Tirebiter, one of Connecticut’s best known bands returns to our summer series. The band includes singers, a keyboardist, guitarist, bassist and drummer and will perform a range of popular songs from the 1970s forward.
Tuesday, July 14, The Groove Junkies will join us and share their high energy party atmosphere as they play popular music from the 80s to today and get the crowd up and dancing.
Tuesday, July 21, Wethersfield Historical Society will welcome Number Nine, one of our community’s favorite acts, returns to our series with their popular interpretations of Beatles music.
For more information about Wethersfield Historical Society or our Keeney Koolers concerts, contact us at 860-529-7656 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Keeney Center is handicapped accessible and offers free parking.
WETHERSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S HOUSE TOUR RETURNS WITH SIX NEW HOMES TO VIEW, June 13, 2015:
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Wethersfield Historical Society will present a house tour Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10am-4pm that will feature six unique historic homes in Wethersfield. With homes from many different eras, this popular fund raiser will offer something for every taste. All of the featured homes are decorated beautifully, some with period furniture and manicured gardens. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, a Wethersfield community business since 1988 is the event’s Corporate Sponsor. Patron tickets are $75 and include a tour ticket and a Patron Cocktail Party the evening of the tour featuring an open bar and gourmet appetizers. They can be purchased for $75 online or at the Old Academy, 150 Main Street, Wethersfield. General admission tour tickets are $30 in advance at our offices, museum or by mail. Tickets can also be purchase online www.wethersfieldhistory.org/shop until 4pm Friday, June 12, and on tour day for $35 only at the Wethersfield Museum in the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield. Proceeds from the House Tour benefit the adult and children’s educational programs here at Wethersfield Historical Society.
This year’s tour features homes that span nearly 200 years and several home styles, from a quaint, tidy, light-filled Colonial with a lovely garden framing a breathtaking view of Wethersfield Cove to a meticulously restored 1930s Tudor with a modern concept open floor plan and innovative architectural details such as hidden doors to a one-time 1800s schoolhouse restored and modernized for gracious 21st century living.
These are all Wethersfield homes that have kept their historical roots but have been transformed into elegant modern living spaces. The tour will also feature an early 20th century home renovated by two architects who designed and added a modern late 20th century addition to transform the look and living space of the original home. A stunning 1940 Georgian Colonial Revival home built by well-known Wethersfield builder Edward Packtor with a built in pool and seasonal gardens showcases a brand new kitchen design and updated bathrooms. Finally, an immaculate 1949 Cape Cod house perfectly situated on a corner property boasts a flair for decorating with a beautifully refurbished fireplace and delightful color choices and furnishings.
The House Tour Committee, chaired by Dorene Ciarcia and Candace Holmes, has been at work since winter selecting homes for the tour, researching the history of each home and working with the homeowners on details for tour day. The tour book, which all visitors will receive as their ticket, will have brief backgrounds on the houses. In addition, guides in each of the rooms on display may provide specific information on the home’s special features.
The house tour will be held rain or shine and is not recommended for children under 12. For more information on ticket purchase, call Wethersfield Historical Society at 860.529.7656 or visit www.wethersfieldhistory.org.
Saturday, June 13, is also Connecticut Open House day and all the Historical Society properties will be open free of charge from noon-4pm. These include the Captain James Francis House Museum, 120 Hartford Avenue, the Hurlbut-Dunham House Museum, 212 Main Street, adjacent to the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, and the Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum at the north end of Main Street on the Wethersfield Cove.
WETHERSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND COMSTOCK, FERRE & CO. COLLABORATE FOR WETHERSFIELD’S HERITAGE WEEKEND, Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24
Contact: Lisa Walsh at 860.529.7656 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a step back in time with the Town of Wethersfield at the annual Heritage Weekend. Wethersfield Historical Society will take part in the celebration of Wethersfield’s rich history and culture as part of the Town of Wethersfield’s Heritage Weekend, a collaborative event celebrating Memorial Day with the Town of Wethersfield, Wethersfield Historical Society, Comstock, Ferre & Co. and the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum.
Saturday May 23 will begin with the Town of Wethersfield’s annual Memorial Day parade through Old Wethersfield, which begins at Cove Park and wends its way down Garden, Church and Main Streets, past the reviewing stand on the historic Broad Street Green, ending at the War Memorial in the Village Cemetery. The parade will pass Wethersfield Historical Society’s Keeney Memorial Cultural Center at 200 Main Street where beginning at 9 am, reenactors from the Second Continental Light Dragoons, Sheldon’s Horse will present the history of the nation’s first cavalry unit, raised in Wethersfield in 1776 with horsemanship drills, information about the dragoons’ spying activities during the Revolutionary War and the important role of women in support of the mounted units. Doughty’s Artillery and the United Train of Artillery will be on hand with artillery drills and cannon firing. The Crew of the Raven will discuss marine navigation, privateering and Wethersfield’s important but little-known maritime history.
There will also be 18th century medical, cooking and craft demonstrations and the society’s new award winning exhibition Castle on the Cove: the Connecticut State Prison and Wethersfield available throughout the day. The society’s historic Hurlbut-Dunham House will also be open for tours from 10 am to 4 pm and the Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum will be open from 1 to 4 pm. All of the historical society’s events and museums are offered free of charge. All Wethersfield Historical Society events are made possible by the of the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and donations from our generous members.
At 10 am Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum hosts its 7th Annual Revolutionary War Encampment with horsemanship demonstrations, 18th century open fire cookery and period music. Families can enjoy another treat on Saturday as Wethersfield Historical Society welcomes Wethersfield’s own Red Onion Vintage Baseball Team who will play a 19th century ball game for spectators at Cove Park.
Sunday, May 24 from 10 am – 5 pm, Comstock, Ferre & Co., purveyor of heirloom seeds for more than 200 years, will celebrate spring and the gardening season with its 5th annual Heirloom Festival at 263 Main Street, Old Wethersfield, rain or shine. Visitors will take a step back in time to the simple pleasures of traditional music, time-honored crafts, and farm-fresh food for a fun-filled day for the entire family. A number of nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers will present engaging talks on a wide variety of gardening, healthy food, and GMO topics. Popular vegetable, herb, and flower plants will be available for sale along with more than 1,700 varieties of heirloom and non-gmo seeds and a full selection of gardening supplies for home gardeners and farmers alike. Arts and crafts range from pottery, jewelry, artwork, natural body products, food products and crystals, to clothing, hats, purses, garden sculpture and dog treats. Special children’s activities include crafts in The Art Truck and with the Wethersfield Academy for the Arts and entertainment by The Stand-Up Chameleon Jackson Gillman performing interactive song, comedy, and story. Strolling Puppeteer Robin McCahill will roam the grounds with her larger-than-life puppets. The free Festival also features food vendors and craft demonstrations including broom making, pottery throwing and painting. Comstock-Ferre & Co. would like to thank their event sponsor Royko-Charamut Insurance, LLC for helping to make this event possible. For more information visit www.comstockferre.com or call (860) 571-6590.
Thanks to all the participating organizations that are working together to make this event so meaningful to our community: Wethersfield Historical Society, Comstock, Ferre & Co., Town of Wethersfield, Red Onion Vintage Base Ball Club, 2nd Continental Light Dragoons Sheldon’s Horse, Old Wethersfield Shopkeepers Association, Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce, United Train of Artillery, Doughty’s Artillery, Crew of the Raven, 11th CT SAR Color Guard Militia.
The following weekend come back to Wethersfield to enjoy the Chamber of Commerce and Town of Wethersfield’s fireworks Saturday, May 30, 5 pm at Cove Park on State Street.
Heritage Weekend Calendar
Saturday, May 23
9:00 am – Town of Wethersfield’s Memorial Day Parade, Cove Park
9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Wethersfield Historical Society’s reenactors, front lawn of the Keeney Memorial
Cultural Center, 200 Main Street
10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Hurlbut Dunham House and Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Center exhibits open Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum 7th Annual Revolutionary War Encampment
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Cove Warehouse Maritime Museum open, north end of Main Street
Also, the Red Onion Vintage Base Ball Team plays at Cove Park Saturday!
Sunday, May 24
5th Annual Heirloom Festival
Comstock, Ferre & Co., 263 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
10:30 – 11:30 am Jackson Gillman
11:00 am – 1:00 pm The Art Truck
12 – 2 pm Shoregrass
1:00 – 3:00 pm Strolling Puppeteer Robin McCahill
2:30 – 4:30 pm Please & Thank You String Band
Fun for the Entire Family!
Saturday, May 30
Town of Wethersfield and Wethersfield Chamber of Commerce present
Fireworks at Cove Park on State Street
5:00 pm, festivities begin and fireworks at 9:30 pm
For more information, contact:
Wethersfield Historical Society at 860.529.7656 and www.wethersfieldhistory.org
Comstock Ferre and Co. at 860.571.6590 and www.rareseeds.com
10th ANNUAL TASTE OF WETHERSFIELD™, APRIL 11, 2015, 7-9PM
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Wethersfield Historical Society will host the 10th annual Taste of Wethersfield™ benefit Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Wethersfield Museum in the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center. Do not miss the tastiest time in town! Enjoy lively musical entertainment while you immerse yourself in the inspired dishes from some of the best restaurants and caterers in the Greater Hartford community like Carbone’s, Utsav Indian Cuisine, Vito’s, Ascot Catering, Cork& Brew, Krause Catering, Olde Burnside Brewing Company, ShopRite, Village Pizza, Lucky Lou’s and so much more! Savor a variety of great wines and beers that pair well with the food tastings and put in your bid for some of the great items at our silent auction. Celebrate with friends and try new things at this fun event that helps fund Wethersfield Historical Society’s free or low cost educational and cultural programming for children and adults. Generous corporate sponsors of the event include CBS, a Xerox Company, ShopRite of Manchester & East Hartford, TD Bank, Lyons & Wraight Insurance – Nationwide, Buy-Rite Liquors and D’Esopo’s Funeral Chapel.
For one price, attendees gain access to all the food and drink at the event. General admission tickets are $35 when purchased in advance through Friday, April 10 at 4:00 pm. They can be purchased online at our shop, by mailing a check or coming in person to our administrative offices at 150 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109 from 10am-4pm Tuesday through Friday, or in person at the Wethersfield Museum at 200 Main Street from 10am-4pm Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4pm Sundays. General admission tickets can also be purchased at the door for $40. Patron tickets can be purchased online at our shop, via mail or in person only at the administrative offices at 150 Main Street for $55. Patrons enjoy early admission at 6:00 pm with full access to the food, drink and entertainment, as well as a special prize drawing just for them. This event is only open to attendees 21 and over.
WETHERSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS OUR 2015 LECTURE SERIES
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Wethersfield Historical Society presents our 2015 Lecture Series. This year’s series will discuss the Connecticut State Prison in order to enhance our new exhibit, Castle on the Cove: The Connecticut State Prison and Wethersfield. The cost is $5, free to members. All lectures are at 7:00 pm in the Keeney Ballroom at the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield.
April 20 The Judy Dworin Performance Project – “Who Do They Think We Are? – Perceptions and Misperceptions of Women and Prison” with Women on Our Own, a singing and spoken word performance group of women that have resided at York Correctional Institution.
May 4 Robert H. Steele – “Connecticut’s Indian Casinos: Past, Present and Future.” a lecture on his book The Curse with emphasis on Wethersfield’s involvement in the Pequot War.
The Lecture Series is made possible through a grant from the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. For more information call 860.529.7656.
WETHERSFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS THE ENERGETIC 22ND SEASON OF OUR KEENEY CULTURAL SERIES CONCERTS
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Wethersfield Historical Society will launch the 22nd year of its Keeney Cultural Series at the Wethersfield Museum at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm followed by additional concerts February 8 and March 8. This year we welcome acts that will enliven three of even the grayest winter afternoons, and for our last two concerts, BYOB and enjoy our cabaret style cocktail table seating. “We are delighted to be able to bring such high quality musical performers and make them accessible and affordable for our community,” notes Wethersfield Historical Society Executive Director Amy Northrop Wittorff.
Tickets for individual concerts are $20.00 for members and $22.00 for non-members. Subscribe to the whole series and enjoy a discount and preferred seating. Tickets for the complete series are $52.00 for members or students and $60.00 for non-members.
The series opens January 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Keeney Ballroom with the return of a nationwide favorite…The Yale Whiffenpoofs! Back by popular demand, this year’s concert series launches with the humorous and energetic music of the Yale Whiffenpoofs, America’s oldest collegiate a cappella group. Audiences have included such notable figures as Presidents Obama and Bush, the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, and fans at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Rose Bowl, the World Series, Saturday Night Live, NBC’s The Sing-Off, and the season four finale of Glee.
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm we welcome The Nifty Fifties Band, a New England favorite at many top venues and at public events and festivals like The Special Olympics, First Night and The Taste of Hartford. From the first notes of their opening number through the big finish of their encores, it is clear that this is no ordinary “oldies” band. The group
wheels through tightly choreographed rockin’ favorites, spins into some showy doo-wop, and then segues seamlessly in to slow dancing ballads, rich with four-part harmonies. Come enjoy the music, BYOB and bring a friend to our cocktail table cabaret style seating.
The Savage Brothers is a Hartford based band established in 1984 featuring a two piece horn section and three brothers of the same last name…Savage. They will be playing at the Keeney Ballroom Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm. The band has performed over 4000 shows all over New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Mexico. The Savage Brothers have shared the stage with such acts such as Tower of Power, Joan Osborne, James Cotton, Southside Johnny, Lisa Lisa, The Guess Who, Marshall Tucker, and John Cafferty. They appeal to audiences of all ages with modern renditions of a wide range of songs we all love. BYOB and enjoy the cocktail table cabaret style seating with a friends and family.
The Keeney Cultural Series concerts are made possible through a grant from the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. For more information call 860.529.7656 or log onto www.wethhist.org