The Keeney Koolers Concert Series, originally scheduled for Tuesday evenings in July and slated to occur on the stage of the showmobile in front of the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center is yet another victim of this year’s COVID-19 pandemic. The first concert in the series, slated for July 7, was the Colonel John Chester Fife and Drum Corps as part of their 80th Anniversary Celebration has had to be canceled. That being said, Wethersfield Historical Society is committed to bringing you these live performances, albeit in a slightly different format. Keep checking back here and on our social media for complete details of how you will be able to enjoy this year’s installment of the Keeney Koolers Concert Series and comply with social distancing guidelines. A special word of thanks to our artists and our audience for your patience as we finalize the details of how to make Keeney Koolers 2020 swing with the same verve it has always had.
The Hurlbut-Dunham House and Cove Warehouse opening, originally scheduled for Saturday July 4th from 2 pm to 5 pm has been canceled. We are sorry for any inconvenience and would ask that you please bear with us and keep in mind that we are operating on a limited basis because of COVID-19.
Wethersfield Historical Society is pleased to announce the results of our recent Governing Board election. Thank you to all the members who responded with their votes, either by phone or email. Your efforts are very much appreciated. Also, a special thank you to those of you who replied to the included survey about programming for the upcoming year. Your replies will be used to help us plan our events for the remaining duration of the pandemic.
The Governing Board would like to welcome the following members who will serve through 2023: Nancy Kotchko, Judith Melchreit, and Betty Sheehan
Through 2021 (to fill a one year unexpired term): Joseph Pierz
Advisory Board through 2023: Patricia H. Allen, Bruce A. Bockstael, Dorene B. Ciarcia, Beverly J. Lucas, John M. Oblak, John W. Oldham, Jr., and Howard A. Willard, Jr.
For a complete and current list of the Wethersfield Historical Society Boards, please visit the Board page in the “About Us” section by clicking here.
We hope that you and your families are all faring well in this time of pandemic-imposed social distancing. Unfortunately, we have all been impacted far harder and for longer than originally anticipated. As a result, Wethersfield Historical Society has had to make some additional modifications to our 2020 Calendar of Events.
The XVth Annual Taste of Wethersfield – While “Taste XV” had been tentatively rescheduled to mid-May, the current state of the pandemic will not allow us to safely hold the event on the revised date. “Taste XV” will happen, but at a time this summer or fall more conducive to larger social gatherings. WHS will be monitoring conditions closely and will only reschedule when our patrons, restaurants, caterers, and the Hot Cat Jazz Band can safely come together and celebrate all the culinary delights our region has to offer. Check back here frequently for the most up-to-date information on scheduling. While tickets are currently not available for sale, there will be ample notice given before they resume. If you have already purchased tickets, they will be honored on the new date. If you are unable to attend, please contact the office at (860) 529-7656 and leave a message to arrange for a full refund.
The Hubbard Houses Walking Tour with Dorene Ciarcia prominently featured in the Spring Almanac has been moved to Saturday, September 12 at 10:00 am.
Heritage Weekend and History Day for Families, originally scheduled for May 23rd has been postponed to a date later in the season to be determined. Again, please check here for updates.
Living with History, WHS’ popular House Tour originally scheduled for June 13 and featured most recently in the spring newsletter, has been postponed until next year. The new date will be Saturday, June 12, 2021 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm). Ticket sales, which were to begin on Monday, May 4, will now be delayed until next year as well.
Lastly, and of particular interest to our members, the Wethersfield Historical Society’s Annual Meeting and Dinner, scheduled for May 12 has been postponed until a time “to be determined”. WHS would ask the membership to stand by for additional information on the meeting and the pending election of new Governing Board Members as it becomes available. (If anyone is interested in taking a more active role in the Wethersfield Historical Society by becoming a member, please visit this page for more information and the ability to join the society on line).
At Wethersfield Historical Society we believe history happens every day — and history is definitely happening right now! WHS will be documenting this history in an upcoming exhibit “Chronicling COVID-19”, both physically in the Wethersfield Museum and virtually here on the website. You can contribute to the project by sharing what you and your family are doing to make the most of this time of social distancing. Initially, we are looking for photos, videos, or written submissions, but we will ultimately be looking for physical artifacts as well, for the time when we can all visit the Wethersfield Museum again. Photographs and written contributions can now be submitted on the website here. To submit artifacts for the physical exhibit, please contact Curator Kristina Oschmann via email at Kristina.Oschmann@wethersfieldhistory.org or by post at Attn: Kristina Oschmann, Wethersfield Historical Society, 150 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109.
In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, WHS announces a planned exhibit detailing the lives and significant contributions made by women with ties to Wethersfield throughout its long and storied history. There is not an era of our history, “auncient” or modern, or an arena of endeavor that has not been profoundly impacted by the lives and actions of women. WHS is looking for nominations of Wethersfield women of any era who would be good candidates to feature in this exhibit and either the loan or donation of supporting artifacts for display. To submit nominations or artifacts for the exhibit, please contact curator Kristina Oschmann at Kristina.Oschmann@wethersfieldhistory.org or call the WHS offices at (860) 529-7656.
What follows is Wethersfield Historical Society’s Calendar of Events for 2020 as it currently stands as of May 4. With the ever-changing landscape being created by the current pandemic, every effort is being made to plan in accordance with social distancing guidelines and the most current information available. Please check back here often for the very latest updates.
April 4 – Taste of Wethersfield XV POSTPONED
May 23 – Heritage Weekend POSTPONED (Hurlbut-Dunham House and the Cove Warehouse open for the season).
May 28 & 30 – Ancient Burying Ground Tour CANCELED
June 13 – Triennial House Tour POSTPONED 1 YEAR UNTIL JUNE 21, 2021
June 18 & 20 – Ancient Burying Ground Tour CANCELED
July 7 – Keeney Koolers: Col. John Chester Fife and Drum Corps CANCELED
July 14, 21, & 28 – Keeney Koolers Concert Series Schedule to be revised to comply with social distancing guidelines. Check back for details as they become available.
August 29 – Uncovering Architecture Walking Tour (kids age 7-12)
September 12 – Hubbard Houses Walking Tour
September 17 – Farm Dinner
September 19 – Walking Tour of Hartford Avenue
September 24 & 26 – Ancient Burying Ground Tour
October 3 – 39th Old Wethersfield Arts and Crafts Fair
October 8 & October 10 – Ancient Burying Ground Tour (Added to replace two canceled tours originally scheduled earlier in June).
October 16 & 17 Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours
December 3 – Holidays on Main
December 5 & 6, 12 & 13 – Hurlbut-Dunham House open for free holiday tours
(This is by no means a complete list of what’s in store on the calendar. All events will be published in full as soon as all details are confirmed).