SEPTEMBER 2015

SEPTEMBER PROGRAM: Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 6:30 p.m at the Meriden Public Library 105 Miller St. Meriden, CT

Just in time for Hurricane Season, author Emery McCarthy Earls will discuss his new book: TWISTED SISTERS: HOW FOUR SUPERSTORMS FOREVER CHANGED THE NORTHEAST IN 1954 & 1955

Twisted Sisters

“Devastating winds, pounding waves, record tidal surges and floods of nearly Biblical proportions. This was the Twisted Sisters” the four named storms, Carol, Edna, Connie, and Diane – that hammered New England and the Northeast, all in a period of just 12 months” so reads the back of Mr. Emery McCarthy Earls new book. The book recounts the story of those four storms and their impact on the Northeast.

 

TAG SALE: THE LAST 2 TAG SALES OF THE SEASON September 12th and October 10th, with a rain date of the Saturday following each originally scheduled date. The sales are held at the Society’s Bernice Morehouse Research Center’s parking lot, located at the corner of 1090 Hanover in South Meriden. Members and non-members are welcome to set up at the sale. The cost is a $15.00 donation to the Society per set-up ($10.00 for members).

 

OCTOBER SPECIAL EXHIBIT AND OPEN HOUSE AT THE ANDREW’S HOMESTEAD

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm every Sunday in October 424 West Main St., Meriden SILVER TABLE SETTINGS. The new “machine age and ease of plating gave the manufacturers of silverplated wares the ability to literally flood the market with every form and design of useful and ornamental objects for the dining table, dressing table, and hotel and restaurant trade. It was an age of obsessions with table settings, silver, food and huge floral arrangements for homes of the new middle class.” (Molly Griffith, Silver Magazine, Jan-Feb 1984).

On display are useful and ornamental silver items made in Meriden for the dining table, dressing table, child’s table and tea table.

Also on display is a film made for International Silver and titled “How to Set a Table.”

The Exhibit is free – donations are welcome.

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REPAIRS TO THE ANDREWS HOMESTEAD: The City does it in Style!

Over the past two months the City of Meriden, our landlord, put much work into the Andrews Homestead. The rear entrance platform was replaced and is now safe to walk on. The attached storage shed was dismantaled and rebuilt, the small rear chimney was taken apart and rebuilt, the central chimney was repointed, the roof was re-done and the oil tank was removed. We will now be heating with gas. We wish to thank the City of Meriden for its commitment to the preservation of the Andrews Homestead.

Roof Work Homestead

The Andrews homestead is one of the oldest buildings in Meriden. It was built around 1760 by the Tory Samuel Andrews III.
St. Andrews Church saw its beginnings in the homestead. The congregation held its services in the Homestead’s parlor during the Revolutionary War. Services were held at the homestead up till 1811.
(For more information about the history of the Andrews Homestead, please visit our web site:http://www.meridenhistoricalsociety.org/the-andrews-homestead/ )

A HEARFELT WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS: Charleen Atkinson of Meriden CT, Kathleen A. Braheney of Saddle River NJ, Leanne Harvey of Meriden CT, Jim and Meredith Hazlett of Meriden CT, Charles Kline of Southington CT, Elizabeth Kortum of Wellingron FL, Timothy F. Slamon of Boothwyn PA, Victoria M. Stuart of Cheshire CT, and Colleen Tencza of Meriden CT.

SINCERE THANKS to Agnes Baur, Martha Colaresi, Nancy Gluck, Margaret S. Jenkins, Jim Lamoureux, Alice Meigs, Diantha Morse, Norman F. Ness, Janet Pestey, Andrew Piatek, Clark Robison and Susan Young for their generous donations to the Society.

Special thanks to Charles Kline for his recent donation of Spanish American War roll plaques to the Society, and to Paula Korcun, granddaughter of Walter Korcun of the Meriden Police. Ms. Korcun was in town to clear her mother’s estate and chose to donate items of Meriden’s history to the Society. Sincere thanks to Nadine Britton, the co-executor of the Genevieve Bohan Thalberg estate who likewise donated photographs and other items related to Meriden’s history from the estate.

 

 

 

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