Happy New Year from Wethersfield Historical Society! Getting the year off to a great start, our neighbors at Stop & Shop (located at 80 Town Line Road in Rocky Hill) have chosen WHS as January’s recipient of their Community Bag Program. For every reusable bag sold this month, we will receive $1 of the $2.50 purchase price. You can do something good for the environment and the Wethersfield Historical Society at the same time.
#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement created to give people the opportunity to help their communities. This year, Giving Tuesday falls on December 1. The pandemic has been tough on all of us, and Wethersfield Historical Society would like to continue to share our programs and educational opportunities with you! Help support our mission of preserving and promoting Wethersfield’s history and culture to inspire people today and tomorrow. Covid-19 has significantly reduced our revenue, and with a limited budget for 2021, we have made the difficult call to cancel some of our fundraising programs and events. We hope to raise $5,000 by the end of the year. Will you help us raise the money to reach our goal? You can participate in Giving Tuesday by donating online here on or before December 1. Be sure to write “Giving Tuesday” in the “Notes” line. You can also mail a check payable to Wethersfield Historical Society to:
Wethersfield Historical Society
150 Main Street
Wethersfield, CT 06109
To assure proper attribution, please write “Giving Tuesday” on the memo line.
Like many of us, you probably appreciate the convenience of online shopping with Amazon. But did you know that you can generate donations to Wethersfield Historical Society just by signing in to Amazon at smile.amazon.com/ch/06-6038062 ? Amazon donates a percentage of every purchase made this way to WHS. Please consider this option when doing your holiday shopping and know that the gift you give counts twice; once for your intended recipient and again for the Wethersfield Historical Society.
The 11th Annual Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours is now available! Due to the ongoing pandemic, this perennial Wethersfield Historical Society favorite is presented as a series of videos on the society’s website here. Join Museum Educator and host Gillie Johnson on a tour visiting notable women from Wethersfield’s past. Filmed on location at the Hurlbut-Dunham House, the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, and the Ancient Burying Ground, the series opens with social worker Dr. Jane Robbins, who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Italian immigrants in New York and Connecticut and served as a nurse in World War I. A new video will follow each week.
This content was made possible in part by a grant from the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and through the generosity of our members.
While the Wethersfield Museum and the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center remain closed to the public due to social distancing restrictions imposed by the current pandemic, don’t forget that all virtual content generated by Wethersfield Historical Society remains available here on our website and conveniently indexed on the Virtual WHS page. If you haven’t yet seen this past summer’s Keeney Koolers Concert Series or missed an installment of the WHS Virtual Summer Program 2020, they are all only a mouse click away. As additional content is added, it will be linked on the Virtual WHS page. In the coming weeks you can expect to see additional installments of Old Wethersfield Lantern Light Tours, a virtual version of the Women of Wethersfield exhibit, and your submissions to the Chronicling COVID exhibit. While none of us are happy with the current state of affairs, it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
It is Wethersfield Historical Society’s goal to truthfully report historical events. The society (“WHS”) is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in all of its programming and welcomes new members to work with us to achieve this goal.
WHS recognizes the need to do more with respect to its programs on Black, Indigenous, and Women’s history in Wethersfield and stands committed to do so. Outlined below are some of the ways we have promoted the diversity of our community in the past, followed by some specifics on our commitment to do more going forward.
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