The Historical Society of Glastonbury would like to thank the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for a capital grant of $99,300 to support the reconstruction and related costs for the Tobacco Shed Project. This grant is made possible, in part, by the generosity of the Norma and Natale Sestero Fund.
The Society would like to
thank the Department of Economic and
Community Development, State Historic Preservation Office for a
Facilities reviewed the architect’s bid document for the tobacco shed, established revisions, and initiated contact with him to provide an updated bid document and drawings. Developed CD's of the barn structure to be provided to bidders.
The architect for the tobacco shed updated the bid documents including some requirements for repairs per our discussions. Developed additional CD's of the barn structure to be provided to the Town. The request for bids was posted on the State Website and a legal notice was posted in the Glastonbury Citizen. A pre-bid meeting occurred on May 1 at 2:00 pm at the WSW Property.
Beautification Commission meeting, two zoning sub-committee meetings and a
final Zoning Commission meeting for a special permit was held. There were no
problems. Several Commissioners applauded HSG for their efforts in preserving
Final bids will be read at the Museum on the Green Thurs. May 17 at 2pm.
I would like to thank all the members who are receiving their information regarding the Society via email. If you haven’t been getting your information via the email and would like to help the Society save money, time and effort please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who don’t have Email or would prefer to receive the Society’s information by mail will continue to receive information as before.
Thanks for helping!
The art exhibit of sculptor & poet, Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh, at the Museum on Green, went very well. The reception managed by Jane Fox with volunteer bakers was a great success. The show, which ran a full week brought many people into the museum who had never been before. We thank Josie for allowing us to show her work and her support of the Society. Anyone, interested in purchasing one or more of her works can contact her at:
860-659-8456 or www.beechgate.com
The Society’s bus tour of historic
There are still reservations available for both the Dinner Lectures!
The first dinner is July 15, 2012 and will be at the beautiful home of Jill & Scott
Brian Chiffer will be the speaker.
The September 9, 2012 - Dinner Lecture will be at the beautiful home of Susan & Joel
There will be a raffle of several fun items at the Dinner so bring your money and join in on the fun!!
year’s Cotton Hollow Walk-Dinner Tour was a great success beating out the rain
by a day. This time there were 2 simultaneous walks, with one to the north and
one to the south of Roaring Brook. Brian Chiffer, Anne O’Connor and Sue Motycka
led the walkers through
We welcome the following New Members since the March Newsletter
Ann & Phil Lohr
Quality Name Plate
Margaret Wilcox- Realtor
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
March 11 was our third Maple Sugar Madness.
Once again, Mark Packard’s boiling of sap into syrup brought a lot of
visitors to Welles Shipman Ward. They
came from town and they also came from far away:
In addition to Mark, Joe Sullivan was in the Eastbury Barn, Mary Ellen Linderman was in the White Barn, Jean Bartlett was the greeter dressed in colonial garb, Diane Lucas and Mary Vetreno minded the upstairs, Tom circulated through everywhere and I made little pancakes on the hearth for sampling of last year’s syrup.
We had over 100 people that day. All of us talked for more than 3 hours. Jean finally urged the last guests out the door at 4:20, almost half an hour after we were supposed to close up shop.
If you’d like to help out at the Museum on the Green, docents for the Third Sunday are still needed. Sue Motycka opened in March and April tended her Girl Scout display. Judy Harper will give us June and July. That leaves May, August, October, November, and December. The Museum is not open on the Third Sunday in September to encourage people to come to Farm Festival.
Supper at the Welles Tavern
On Saturday, March 31, Joseph Welles and his wife once again opened the Welles Hotel to the townspeople of Glastenbury for the evening. They would not have been able to serve the number of people had it not been for their employee, Cynthia (Cynthia Parzych Turner). Supper was brought to 20 people, including David Humphreys, Minister Resident to the Country of Portugal, as appointed by President Washington (David Loda). It was a bit of a surprise and much of a pleasure to host him. He arrived on his very handsome horse, Huckleberry Finn McCool, Equine.
The long-awaited wine
merchant (Richard Swartwout, Founder 6th CT Regiment, SAR) arrived
with a full basket and the Welles Hotel received a delivery of
The stage from
The tavern was crowded, the fire warm, the food seasonal and tasty, and the cyder flowed. A good time was had by all.
Handcraft Day, alias Textile Arts Day, alias Weaving Day was a different story. It was held Sunday, April 15. There was the usual compliment of excellent demonstrators: Mary Elva Erf (weaving), Mary Ellen Linderman (knitting), Eva Bowden (cross stitch), Jennifer Lawlor (knitting), Judy Harper (tatting – Judy learned to tat just so she could demonstrate on Handcraft Day), Cheri Collins (drop spindle), Claire Gregoire (yarn sewing), Georgess Borrow (darning), and Mary Riley (quilting). Additionally, Dave Motycka helped visitors to make rope, Joe Sullivan made shingles, and Tom Scarduzio split wood.
We had fewer than a dozen visitors. The best part of the day? Three of those visitors were brand new Historical Society members. They were very pleased to visit the House of which they are now part owners and see the activities there.
On Tuesday, April 17, there
were Kids in Jerusha’s Kitchen. Jean
Bartlett and I hosted 5 lovely young ladies from
Two of the Eastbury young misses were Ann Kehl’s granddaughters and Ann stayed with us through the day. She also washed the pots that we don’t ask the kids to do in front of the fire. When I mentioned that she had taken on the worst job, she said it was ok, she had eaten for free.
The class worked well
together, including all members even tho’ 5 were already friends when they
arrived. They chatted as they ate their
lunch and washed and cleaned up the kitchen.
I continue to be impressed with
The Town maintenance staff has worked with Joe Sullivan and Joe Greene to hang our hay fork in the Eastbury Barn. A hay fork is a “clam shell” device that hangs from the very peak of the roof of a barn to bring hay from the cart into the barn for storage. Because we try to keep the interpretation of the Eastbury Barn around 1850, this fork is a little new. It was probably first used between 1890 and 1905. The reason the Historical Society accepted it was because of its original place of use. Although it has currently been fixed so that it will not work, it originally worked very hard at Arbor Acres. When the Town took over the property and razed the barn, they carefully removed it, taking precaution not to lose any of the small hardware, and gave it to us for preservation.
Welles Shipman Ward will next
be open on Sunday, May 20 for Garden Day.
Please come to see the Arbor Acres hayfork, the
Our clock has been in the workshop of Gil Tyler for the winter. Gil is a professional furniture repairer and does excellent and correct work. His efforts on the O&O House clock will be a gift to the Society.
He has examined it and determined what must be done to the case to stabilize it. As soon as his work is finished, an appointment will be made to deliver it to the clockmaker who specializes in wooden clock works for its final repair.
The temporary display
celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in
The display would not have been possible without the many donations from current and former Girl Scouts. Thanks go to Doris Armstead, Sally Armstead, Marian Brusberg, Deborah Downie, Judy Harper, Nadine Lester, Carleigh Motycka, Jodi Motycka, Sally Motycka, Sue Motycka, Clarissa Paquette, Rebecca Paquette, Robin Paquette, Caitie Reed, Linda Rimkunos, Lin Scarduzio, Jean Stasiowski, Jolly Steffins and the Girl Scouts of CT.
A major benefit of our Auction is helping our members who are weeding out antiques and collectibles. Consignors realize 70% of the final sale and the Historical Society realizes 30% (a tax deductible contribution to the Society). It’s a much better deal than you would get from an auction house. That’s why we want your items first, before we open it to the public. So look around, and call Gil Tyler if you have mainly furniture (633-2273) or Anne O’Connor if you have other things (633-8269). If you aren’t sure whether the item is suitable, PLEASE feel free to give us a call. We are happy to discuss them with you. We are also looking for interesting smaller things for the silent auction.
There will be a Preview Party the night before for consigners and the Auction Committee. We do need lots of help on the day of the auction, so please contact Donna Henrikson (860-633-6158) if you would like to be a runner, register bidders, or do any of the myriad things, which need to be done on that day. We’re all looking forward to a great and fun day Sept. 29, 2012!!
Preview & Silent Auction: 8:30-10 am
Auction: 10 am
Terms: Cash, Known Checks, M/C or Visa.
5% Buyers Premium
Held Rain or Shine:
**There is a path leading to WSW at the rear of the parking lot.
860-633-6890 or email@example.com
A list of items will be placed on the Society’s website as we get closer to the Auction date: www.hsgct.org
Decorate your house, buy gifts for Christmas, birthdays, anniversary, expand a collection or start a new one, while supporting the Society’s education and preservation projects. It can also be environmentally sound. Looking for more ways to be green and sustainable in furnishing a home? Using antiques and collectibles is another way to be green and sustainable, by reusing and recycling.
It’s also just a lot of fun to go to an Auction and bring a friend. We’re all looking forward to a great day Sept. 29, 2012!!
Please join us at the Society’s 39th Annual Antiques Show on the Green June 16. The Antique Show has consistently been our most successful fundraiser due to all of the hardworking volunteers and the many donations to the Society’s booth. Volunteer positions include: booth setup and takedown, field setup and takedown, publicity, brochure ads and text, signage, getting the dealers situated on the field and helping them when needed, ticket sales, booth sales, coffee and doughnut sales, finances and Museum monitoring.
To volunteer, please call Jim at the Museum
It’s not too early to start collecting items for the
You may drop your items off at the Museum on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays,
9 A.M. - 4 P.M or we will pick them up at your convenience. Please have all donations in by May 25! For more information please call the
Co-chairmen David & Debbie Lemieux
(633-5750) or Jim Bennett (633-6890).
Antique Festival Brochure
Each year we publish a Festival Brochure for the Antique Festival. As part of this fund-raising event we sell ads in the Festival Booklet. It’s easy to do, just send us your business card or a photo ready ad and a check for the size you would like.
1/4 page $ 25
1/2 page $ 50
1 page $100
Inside cover $125
Back page $175
If you don’t have a business to advertise you can be a Patron of the Festival for a $10 donation or more. The names of all the Patrons will be listed in the brochure as supporters of the Festival.
on the Hubbard Green
Real History – Real Farmer – Real Food
When: Sat. July 21, 2012
Time: 9am – 1pm (Rain or Shine)
At the May 22nd Membership Meeting we will be voting for the position of Secretary. Nominations will be given at the Membership meeting and the members present will vote. The following is the Board’s recommendation.
Recommendation for Secretary:
Debora Duch (2010-2012)
Debby has been an excellent Secretary for the Bd. for the past 4 years. Her youth and varied insight bring new ideas and vitality to the Board. She volunteers for various projects throughout the year, including the Antique Show and is an avid activist for preservation. She has graciously agreed to continue as Secretary if the membership chooses to re-elect her.
Current Board Members
Gil Tyler (2011-2013)
Jane Fox (2011-2013)
David Motycka (2011-2013)
Brian Chiffer (2009-2013)
Judy Harper (2011-2015)
Donna Henrikson (2011-2013)
Robert Shipman (2011-2014)
Joseph Greene Facilities Chair
Anne O’Connor Education Co-Chair
Susan Motycka Education Co-Chair
Heather Pulito Membership Chair
Joe Sullivan Museum Chair
Librarian & Genealogist
Curator & Program Coordinator
Since the last Newsletter the committee has accomplished the tasks following:
Welles Shipman Ward House:
1. Cleaned up limbs and brush and raked the path to the church commuter lot.
2. Closed up 10 holes made in the Eastbury Barn by woodpeckers/squirrels.
3. Repaired broken grape arbor and trimmed the plants.
4. Moved the horse and wagon in the upstairs of the Eastbury Barn to provide access for the town to move in a lift to install the hay lift in the peak of the barn. Installation is complete with a safety cable.
5. Took to dump all demolition material removed from the house during repair prior to painting. Extensive patching, cleaning, repairing and painting continue on the South Parlor Chamber.
6. Finished cleaning up the brush from the various storms.
7. Installed an electrical cover on an open box in the attic of the house.
8. Replaced the damaged light in front of the house.
9. Installed a light in the southwest chamber room closet.
10. Replaced 4 fluorescent ballasts in the Eastbury barn.
11. Replaced a broken wire that was supporting one of the apple trees.
12. Put down 30,000 sq. ft. of fertilizer on the WSW property.
13. Replaced 3 broken/rotted fence rails on the path up to the commuter parking lot.
14. Started the installation of 3 shelves in the northwest chamber closet and repair of the southwest chamber ceiling.
Committee Members: R. Bowden,
J. Dugan, J. Greene, H. Hunt, R. Inman,
A. Jankot, P. Manfredi, R. Mason,
J. Milich, D. Motycka, K. Sartoris
HSG is participating in the Exchange Club of Glastonbury’s Touch a Truck event with the Eastbury Hearse. The Exchange Club has been a big supporter of the Society’s projects for many years and we are pleased to be part of one of their fundraisers. Bring your kids, grandkids and friends to:
Sat., June 2nd, Rain or Shine, 10AM - 2PM
Toot the Horns! Sit in the Driver's Seats!
Food and Beverages!
Admission: $10/Family of 4, $3/Single
Historical Society of
CT Open House Day & Planning the Kitchen Garden Day
Shipman Ward House,
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Time: 7:30 pm
Program: "The Puritans: Myths, Lies, and Realities"
Speaker: Deborah Willard
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: Hubbard Green
Time: 7 am Early Bird, 9 am - 4 pm General Adm.
Shipman Ward House,
Time: 10am – 3pm
Ages 12 and up. Reservations required. Students: $10, others $15
Time: 4 - 6:30 pm
Location: Hubbard Green
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Colonial Games Day
Shipman Ward House,
Reservations required. S5
Time: 4 - 6:30 pm
Shipman Ward House,
Time: 1 - 5 pm
Shipman Ward House,
Time: Silent Auction & Preview 8:30 am - 10 am, General Auction 10 am.