April 2016

APRIL PROGRAM:

A BRIEF HISTORY OF MERIDEN / What Meriden Made – Made Meriden

SilverCity

Join us for a visual presentation of the history of Meriden, starting with Colonial times and ending almost in the Present. The presentation pays tribute to the companies that operated in Meriden and gained our city an important place on the global industrial manufacturing map.

This PowerPoint presentation was put together by and will be presented by the volunteers of the Meriden Historical Society. The program is free – refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 6:30 p.m at the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller St. Meriden, CT

 

IN THE NEWS:

INTERNATIONAL SILVER featured in CONNECTICUT EXPLORED MAGAZINE

The Celestial Centerpiece designed for the Moon Room of International Silver Company's display at the 1964-65 World's Fair

The Celestial Centerpiece designed for the Moon Room of International Silver Company’s display at the 1964-65 World’s Fair

In an article titled International Silver Company Shines Once More, Patricia F Singer has done an incredible job featuring International Silver Company. Ms. Singer’s illustrated article covers the history of the company .

The article ends with a beautiful recognition of the volunteers of the Meriden Historical Society: “Patricia F. Singer is a former journalist for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She has written about International Silver for Silver Magazine. She’s greatly indebted to the Meriden Historical Society volunteers for their help with this article.

 

AT THE ANDREWS HOMESTEAD

Thanks to Brian Cofranccesco, Kathy McMahon and Chris Ruel we now have a Scavenger Hunt Program at the Andrew’s Homestead. We tested it with St Joseph’s School Seventh grade of Ms. Kelly. This program proved to be a huge success. More educational visits are planned.

The 7th Grade of St. Joseph’s School on a scavenger hunt at the Homestead

The 7th Grade of St. Joseph’s School on a scavenger hunt at the Homestead

As of April, our dedicated crew will be assembling and putting together our May exhibit titled: MADE IN MERIDEN – THE UNIQUE AND UNUSUAL YOU WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOWN OF.

May_2016_Exhibit

 

ONE-TIME-ONLY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are reaching out to our membership for help on three projects.

These are one-time-only types of things that someone out there might have the expertise or inclination to do:

One is the re-conditioning of a Meriden Fire Alarm box (see image) The paint falls off every time you touch it so it would really need a complete overhaul. It still has the working mechanism inside and we would like to put it on display.

This Fire Alarm Box could use your help

This Fire Alarm Box could use your help

The other project would be to paint the two new doors which the city had installed at the Andrews Homestead when they replaced the windows a few years back. Since then, the doors are showing signs of water damage and need a good coat of paint.

The third project concerns a few areas on the house siding, that can be reached without a ladder, that have begun to peel. These would have to be sanded and repainted. This could be in conjunction with the doors or separately.

We would supply any necessary materials or reimburse any money spent as long as there is a receipt for our records.

 If you think you’d like to help out, please call The Society at 203-693-1913 or e-mail us at MeridenHistoricalSociety@gmail.com and we will make arrangements. Thank you.

 

MEMBERSHIP: We welcome our new members: Diane Lukonis of Cheshire CT and Judy Laczek of Southington CT

 

DAFFODIL FESTIVAL TAG SALE

The Meriden Historical Society will have a table at the Daffodil Festival Tag Sale Saturday, 4/23/16. If you’d like to volunteer for this event please contact the Society at: MeridenHistoricalSociety@gmail.com or by calling 203-639-1319.

 

CONNECTICUT HISTORICAL SOCIETIES APPRAISAL DAY FUND RAISER EVENT

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

758 Rour Rod Road, Berlin CT 06037

In a gesture to local Historical Societies, Nest Egg Auctions will hold its First Annual Historical Societies Appraisal Day. The event is a fund raiser for local historical societies. Ticket holders can bring 2 items to be appraised with no charge for the appraisals. The cost of a ticket is $30.00 donation payable to the Meriden Historical Society or any other participating historical society. For more information go to http://nesteggauctions.com/auction/connecticut-historical-appraisal-day/  To buy a ticket, e-mail us at MeridenHistoricalSociety@gmail.com or call Sherwin Borsuk at 203-237-8042

 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR

CORPORATE MEMBERS

Nest Egg Auctions

758 Four Rod Road

Berlin, CT 06037

203-630-1400

The Record Journal

500 S. Broad St, Meriden CT 06450

203-235-1661

The Remodeling Company

848 N. Colony Rd

Meriden, CT 06450

203-213-105

 

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