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A Cell from Wethersfield Prison

By Wethersfield Historical Society on February 28, 2014 9:22 AM

Among the remarkable objects in Wethersfield Historical Society’s museum collection are cells from the Connecticut State Prison. Many visitors may have previously viewed sections of a cell on display in 2007 following its donation from the Town of Coventry. The...

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What Kind of Bars?: Memoir of Francis L. Ippolito, Officer at CT State Prison

By Wethersfield Historical Society on August 8, 2013 2:11 PM

A Note From Wethersfield Historical Society  In preparation for our newest exhibition Connecticut State Prison Open Storage, staff at Wethersfield Historical Society encountered MaryAnn Ippolito Pilotte. Mrs. Pilotte kindly shared her father’s memoir along with objects and photographs. Francis L....

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Purple Heart: The Badge of Military Merit

By Wethersfield Historical Society on February 27, 2013 2:30 PM

In preparation for our next case exhibition at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center that will honor Wethersfield servicemen and women from all American wars, we reached out to Post Commander Larry Spellacy of the Bourne-Keeney American Legion CT Post 23,...

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Uncle Sam Wants To Thank You Ralph Nelson For Your Art!

By Wethersfield Historical Society on October 25, 2012 3:20 PM

Hanging in the Rotary Room and nearby hallway of the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center are four murals painted by Ralph Nelson. Ralph Lewis Nelson (1885 -1967) painted these four murals of the founding of Wethersfield for the public schools in...

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Lt. Jonathan Church, Sideboard and Tavern

By Wethersfield Historical Society on August 6, 2012 10:18 AM

To read the first blog entry on Lt. Jonathan Church and his portrait please click here:Lt. Jonathan Church, A Wethersfield Marine.In 2007, Wethersfield Historical Society received word from a descendent of Wethersfield's Jonathan Church (1763-1804), one of the first members...

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Snapshot of Photographic History

By Wethersfield Historical Society on April 11, 2012 4:12 PM

Researchers often visit the Old Academy Research and Genealogical Library looking for photographs of certain events or individuals from the 17th and 18th centuries. On more than one occasion, I have had to pause and explain the evolution of photography...

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Lt. Jonathan Church, A Wethersfield Marine

By Wethersfield Historical Society on December 13, 2011 4:18 PM

One of Wethersfield's favorite sons quietly returned to town recently. Lt. Jonathan Church represented the United States as one of its first Marines in the closing years of the 18th century.  He retired from active service to start a new...

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History of the Deming-Standish House (1787)

By Wethersfield Historical Society on July 29, 2011 12:50 PM

The Deming-Standish House has a prominent place in the center of Wethersfield's old village, on a piece of land at the corner of Main and Marsh Streets, near the Meetinghouse. The town land records show David Webb selling this one...

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The Wethersfield Grange Patrons of Husbandry

By Wethersfield Historical Society on July 5, 2011 9:21 AM

The Wethersfield Grange Patrons of Husbandry was a local branch of the National and State movement that was established after the Civil War. On December 4, 1867 the National Grange of the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry was founded...

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Terramuggas: Sachem of the Wongunks

By Wethersfield Historical Society on March 29, 2011 3:19 PM

Wongunks in Pyquag   Residents often forget that the European migration and settlement of Connecticut was not the beginning of this land's history. Native Americans can be traced long before John Oldham and the Adventurers. The first Native Americans are believed...

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