Spring Lecture Series
In collaboration with Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, Wethersfield Historical Society presents the following lectures. Admission is $5 for non-members and free for Wethersfield Historical Society members and Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation members. Both lectures will be held in the Keeney Ballroom at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, 200 Main Street at 7 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door. These lectures are also supported by the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
May 8 A Home Called New England
book talk and signing
Architect and author Duo Dickinson and his co-author Steve Culpepper, a former editor, will join us for a book talk and signing for their new book, A Home Called New England. The book covers over 400 years of New England’s history in text and photos-the people, the culture, the architecture and the institutions. Book cost $30.
SPRING WALKING TOURS!
Join us for the following tours. All tours are $5; free to members. Reservations recommended. In the event of rain, tours are cancelled.
Burying Ground Tours with Martha Smart
Learn about gravestone carvers and customs, as well as stories of some of the people buried there. Meet at the red barn in the First Church parking lot.
Thursdays, May 3, June 21, September 6, October 11 at 1:00 pm
Saturdays, May 5, June 23, September 8, October 13 at 10:00 am
Walk Around Old Wethersfield with Dorene Ciarcia
Walk around Old Wethersfield learning about the architecture and the people who lived there long ago. Meet in front of the Keeney Center.
Thursdays, May 10, July 5, September 13 at 6:00 pm
Saturdays, May 12, July 7, September 15 at 10:00 am
New Exhibit: February 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Wethersfield’s Kevin the Turkey: Photos by George Savic
The young male turkey nicknamed “Kevin” made the center of the Old Wethersfield village home in the summer and fall of 2017, capturing the hearts and attention of many Wethersfield residents and visitors alike. His admirers delighted in his antics, which included stubbornly standing in the road, pecking at cars and chasing mail trucks (and sometimes mail carriers).
A Facebook group “Fans of the Wethersfield Turkey” created by local resident Gina Brennan gained over 5,700 members, and Kevin’s story was covered by all major local news outlets, as well as the Associated Press and NPR. Local photographer George Savic kept fans entertained on social media with his daily photos of Kevin. Books and calendars with Savic’s Kevin photos, as well as coffee mugs, t-shirts and other Kevin memorabilia were sold at the local Old Wethersfield Country Store. Kevin was relocated by the CT DEEP to a state forest in Litchfield County in early December when he began to range onto busy CT Route 15, posing a significant danger to himself and others.
As part of its mission to preserve and promote Wethersfield’s history and culture, the historical society has mounted this small exhibit of Savic’s photos in response to interest from the community and to help record this small slice of the town’s 400 year history. The exhibit includes George Savic’s photos, and a life-sized photo cutout of Kevin the Turkey created by Oldham Studios. The exhibit is paired with a food drive to help replenish the shelves at the Wethersfield Food Pantry. Visitors are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food when they come to see the exhibit.