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November 12, 2013 – “Saving the Farm – A Journey Through Time, Place and Redemption.” Book-signing and presentation by author James Powers about the history and preservation of the Dudley Farm in Guilford, CT. “Saving the Farm” is the story of ten generations of the Dudley family and how they struggled to survive and prosper. It is also the story of how the farm was reclaimed and restored through 21st century hard work, persistence and ingenuity to what Yankee farmers built “back then.”
On March 11, 2014 - “Meriden’s Wilcox Mansion: History, Mystery and Legacy”
Most long-time Meriden residents will recall marveling at the remarkable Wilcox Mansion, situated at 816 Broad St. until its demise in 1971 to make room for a gas station. But someone who knows it especially well is Brian Cofrancesco, an architectural historian who began an investigation into the mansion’s history while a student at the University of Virginia. Brian will give a talk and Powerpoint presentation on the ”princely residence” built in 1870 for carpetbag and hoop-skirt manufacturer Jedediah Wilcox.
April 8, 2014 – Lesley Solkoske, a member of both the Meriden Historical Society and the New England Society of Open Salt Collectors, will give a presentation on Salts, open salt dishes used to serve salt on the Victorian dinner table before the days of salt shakers! She will display salts made here in Meriden and elsewhere.
These programs are co sponsored by and will be presented at the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller St. Meriden, CT 06450
The Andrews Homestead, 424 West Main Street, is one of the oldest homes in Meriden. Chock full of items from Meriden’s past, it is open to the public every Sunday in May and October from 11am-3pm. Young and old (and in-between) are welcome to stop in!
Click on the buttons to the left under the Main Menu heading to learn more about the Morehouse Research Center and the Andrews Homestead, including its 2012 facelift courtesy of volunteers from Hard Times Painting of Meriden.
Scroll down to the bottom of this page to preview the Society’s collections housed at the Andrews Homestead. You’ll see Meriden in a whole new light!