AT THE ANDREWS HOMESTEAD:
424 West Main Street, Meriden
Every Sunday in the month of October, from 11:00 am till 3:00 pm
MANNING BOWMAN – AN OVERVIEW
Peter Slavinski – president of the Meriden Historical Society, has put together an exhibit of this prominent Meriden manufacturing company. From its inception (Middletown CT 1832 – moved to Meriden in 1872), the Manning Bowman Manufacturing Company was geared towards the creation, manufacture, and sale of consumer products for the American home. Chafing dishes, toasters, waffle makers, coffee percolators, curling irons, clocks, cocktail shakers and more. These were well designed, well made products that found their way into the homes of the very wealthy as well as the more humble homes of middle class America.
Like other manufacturing companies in Meriden, Manning Bowman affected by the depression. In 1938 Manning Bowman was sold to the Fostoria Ohio based Bursted Manufacturing Co (later to become McGraw Edison Electric, better known as Toastmaster). The company closed its Meriden operations in 1941 and moved out of town.
As mentioned above, this special exhibit will be on display at the Andrews Homestead from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sundays through the month of October. Admission is free, donations are much appreciated.
PANIC IN CONNECTICUT; ACCUSED WITCHES HAVE THEIR SAY performed by Virginia Wolf.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6:30 p.m at the Meriden Public Library
Between 1642 and 1693, at least 40 people in the colony of Connecticut were tried as witches, and at least 10 of them were hanged. Most of them were women.
Who were these women? How did they come to be accused of witchcraft? What was life like for them? Did they truly practice witchcraft? Who were their accusers, and why? How and why did the accusing of witches finally end…or has it?
Many records are lost or non-existent, but we can learn enough to begin to understand what life was like back then, and why witchcraft was such an all-encompassing subject.
“Travel” back to the 17th century and hear what 5 women accused of witchcraft had to say. Actress Virginia Wolf brings them to life, fully costumed, fully incensed, fully frightened.
Painstakingly researched, “Panic in Connecticut; Accused Witches Have Their Say” is a one woman show that sheds light on the Puritan society that condemned so-called witches to their death thirty years before the hysterics of Salem, MA.
This Program is co-sponsored by the Meriden Public Library.
Lesley Carabetta to the Meriden Historical Society’s board of directors. Lesley was voted in to fill the position vacated by Diane Tobin upon the latter’s move out of town. Together with Lesley Solkoske, Lesley Carabetta will co-chair the Membership Committee, a position previously held by Diane Tobin.
to Diane Tobin, the author of An Abundance of Glass – The Meriden Flint Glass Company ,(http://www.meridenflintglass.com/) for her very generous donation of Meriden Flint Glass items from her collection. The items donated by Diane are now on display at the Andrew’s Homestead. The Homestead will be open to the public from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sundays during the month of October.
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