WHS Virtual Summer Program 2020: Women of Wethersfield

In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in America, WHS Curator Kristina Oschmann has been hard at work preparing a new exhibit for the Wethersfield Museum: “Women of Wethersfield”. In WHS Virtual Summer Program 2020: Women of Wethersfield, Kristina shares six short profiles of remarkable women who are but a small sampling of those featured in the exhibit. With over 300 years of history to draw on and the many extraordinary contributions women have made to Wethersfield and the wider world, there is no shortage of material for her to work with. Join her for this “sneak preview” of the larger exhibit scheduled for public display in mid October.

As with every entry in the series, Museum Educator Gillie Johnson has provided an appropriately themed scavenger hunt to accompany the video along with an extensive “Learn More” section, consisting of curated links to additional sources for further study on each subject.

WHS Virtual Summer Program 2020: The Ancient Burying Ground

In this latest installment of the 2020 Virtual Summer Program, join Wethersfield Historical Society Research Librarian Martha Smart for a virtual highlights tour of the Ancient Burying Ground. In Colonial Wethersfield through the lens of the Ancient Burying Ground , Ms. Smart focuses on a few exemplary monuments and how they reflect contemporary values in colonial Wethersfield about lineage, status, and one’s accomplishments in life and how those values evolved over time. Be sure to watch the short appendix video where Ms. Smart provides a fascinating “thumbnail” sketch of the life of notable Wethersfield resident Gershom Bulkely and contrasts his memorial with that of Leonard Chester.

As with every entry in the series, Museum Educator Gillie Johnson has provided an appropriately themed scavenger hunt to accompany the video along with an extensive “Learn More” section, consisting of curated links to additional sources for further study on each subject.

Keeney Koolers Concert Series Part II: Goza Latin Band

Good things come to those who wait! The second concert on this year’s Keeney Koolers Concert Series is now available and WHS is delighted to present Goza Latin Band recorded live in the Keeney ballroom.

Goza takes its name from the Spanish word for “Joy”. Video Producer Jessica Glass and Audio Engineer Dave Raymond have done an outstanding job in capturing the exhuberance, rhythmic intensity, and joy that are the essence of every Goza performance. WHS would like to thank the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for making the Keeney Koolers Concert Series possible.

 

WHS Virtual Summer Program 2020: The CT State Prison in Wethersfield

Wethersfield Historical Society is excited to announce the release of the next installment of our Virtual Summer Program 2020: The Connecticut State Prison in Wethersfield.  This installment features long time  WHS member and Volunteer-Hall-of-Famer Frank Winiarski conducting a virtual tour of some of the highlights of the Wethersfield Museum’s exhibit Castle on the Cove.  The exhibit features artifacts from the Connecticut State Prison, which was located in Wethersfield from 1827 until 1963. Frank is a most engaging and knowledgeable guide. Be sure to scroll down after the video and try your hand at the Connecticut State Prison in Wethersfield Scavenger Hunt. A little farther down the page you will find some curated links to additional references where you can “Learn more” about crime and punishment in Wethersfield.

WHS Virtual Summer Program 2020: The American Revolution

Wethersfield Historical Society is proud to present the second in  our Virtual Summer Program 2020: The American Revolution. Shot on location in Colchester, this program features our friend Captain Sal Tarantino of the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons Sheldon’s Horse and his horse, Charlie. He talks about the role Sheldon’s Horse and Wethersfield played in the War for American Independence. Click here to be directed to the WHS website page with the embedded video. (Remember you can watch the video full-screen by clicking the icon at the bottom right after pushing the play button).  After you have watched the video, be sure to check out the American Revolution Scavenger Hunt and the “Learn more” links provided at the bottom of the page.

Keeney Koolers Concert Series 2020

The Keeney Koolers Concert Series, originally scheduled for Tuesday evenings in July looked like it would be yet another victim of this year’s COVID-19 pandemic.  Wethersfield Historical Society is delighted to be able to present The Jolly Beggars and The Goza Latin Band virtually on our website. The Jolly Beggars are up first with The Goza Latin Band to follow as soon as the finishing touches have been put on the edit of their recording. Both bands were recorded live in the Keeney Ballroom. Special thanks are due to videographer Jessica Glass, recording engineer David Raymond, our artists, and The Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for making these virtual concerts possible. To enjoy these concerts, click here to be directed to the Keeney Koolers Concert Series 2020 page on the WHS website.

WHS Virtual Summer Program 2020

No one is more disappointed than the Wethersfield Historical Society with the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center being closed to the public and the social distancing imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy.  We are proud to kick off the first in a series of our Virtual Summer Program 2020 with An Intro to Black History in Wethersfield.  Museum Educator Gillie Johnson introduces a performance by actor Charles Floyd as Quash Gomer, an 18th century African American resident of Wethersfield. Floyd’s performance was given as part of an indoor preview of last October’s (2019) Lantern Light Tours. In addition to the video, the page contains curated links to additional material to “learn more” about the covered subject. Be sure and come back each week for a new video covering another facet of Wethersfield’s rich (and long) history.

 

Wethersfield Historical Society’s Stance Against Discrimination and Oppression

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.

Please click here to view the statement in its entirety.

 

Call for Nominations

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 and supporting photographs or text,  you can click here and fill out the online submission form. To donate or loan artifacts to the exhibit, please email curator Kristina Oschmann or call the WHS offices at (860) 529-7656.

Call for Submissions

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.