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Calendar of Events

This calendar was last updated September 26, 2017.  Check this page or Enfield-area newspapers for event schedule updates.

The Old Town Hall Museum and the Martha A. Parsons House Museum are open Sundays 2:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. May through October and other times by appointment.  The Wallop School Museum is open one Sunday per month, June through September, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and other times by appointment.  Wallop School open house dates are listed in the calendar below as soon as they are scheduled.

Our museums are open for the season.  Come see us soon!

Except where noted, our events are open to the public free of charge!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fossil

Fossil Day - 2:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. at the Old Town Hall Museum, 1294 Enfield Street, Route 5.  A special exhibit of fossils will be on display for one day only at the Old Town Hall Museum.  Bring your children and grandchildren to see real fossil fish, plants, insects, ammonites, and more.  We will also have casts of a terrifying Utahraptor (the dinosaur, not the basketball team) foot and claws and other dinosaur bones, and our collection of real dinosaur footprints and other trace fossils from Enfield!  Come learn how fossils formed and what we can learn from them.  Every child receives a free fossil, while supplies last. Visit the Old Town Hall Museum while you are here - it's free too! 

Remember - the public is very welcome to this FREE event, so don't be shy!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Thy Children's Children

Historical Fiction as a Portal to the Past: The Lymans of Lyman Orchards - will be the topic of a program by Diana Ross McCain, author of the new historical novel Thy Children’s Children, based on the true story of the first five generations of the Lyman family of Middlefield, at 2:00 P.M. at the Enfield American Baptist Church, 129 Post Office Road. 

Between 1741 and 1871, Lyman men and women established and nurtured a farm and homestead that are owned by descendants to this day. Their dreams were much the same as those of people of today: opportunity and freedom to create and support a family, a home, and a community, and to leave the legacy of a bright future for their children and grandchildren. They pursued these goals while grappling with the harsh challenges of life in a time when every aspect of existence, from housekeeping to medicine to transportation to communication, was far different from modern circumstances – and usually more primitive. Sometimes they succeeded, sometimes they failed, but always they persevered.

Lymans also took part, often at great personal peril, in political, moral, and economic movements that shaped the course of American history. One generation fought for American independence on the battlefield and the home front. Another crusaded to abolish slavery from the United States. Another pioneered manufacturing and transportation innovations. Today the eighth and ninth generations of Lymans operate Lyman Orchards, an 1,100-acre agricultural/recreational complex that includes the land first purchased in 1741.

McCain will provide an overview of the turbulent period covered by Thy Children’s Children, and the role the Lymans played in the critical events of that era that transformed a handful of American colonies into a young nation on the cusp of the modern industrial era. She will share how she melded historical fact with imagination to craft a work of fiction that breathes life into the people and the events of this period, making it more accessible to readers. She will highlight examples of how information gleaned from historical records provided the framework for chapters on everything from daily life to historical milestones, as well as for shaping the personalities of characters in the novel.

“While any good novel needs to tell a compelling and entertaining story,” says McCain, “well-researched historical fiction offers something more. The reader knows that much of the action in the book actually happened, and that even portions that are mostly or entirely invented reflect the realities of the time period and culture in which the novel is set.”

Thy Children’s Children, a novel that is vibrant with intimate detail and intense emotion, is based on two decades of research into the Lyman family by McCain, who is an independent historian with more than thirty years of experience in researching and writing history. Connecticut state historian Dr. Walter Woodward praised the book as “the story of a real family in the thick of Connecticut and American history for more than a century, told in a novel that accurately portrays the past and is also a great read.”

McCain holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history, and was on the staff of the Connecticut Historical Society for twenty-five years. She is the author of several non-fiction works of history, including It Happened in Connecticut, Mysteries and Legends of New England, and Connecticut Coast. She is a partner in “Come Home to Connecticut,” an enterprise which offers historical and genealogical research services, consulting, and programming.

Copies of Thy Children’s Children will be for sale for check or cash and for signing by the author following the presentation. The price is $20, which includes state sales tax.

Remember - the public is very welcome to this FREE program, so don't be shy!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Old Town Hall Exhibits

Martha Parsons House

Last Open Day - 2:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. at the Old Town Hall Museum, 1294 Enfield Street, Route 5., and the Martha A. Parsons House Museum, 1387 Enfield Street, Route 5.  Now that you have spent the summer honing your procrastination skills, you can take this final opportunity in 2017 to visit our outstanding museums! 


Remember - the public is very welcome to our FREE museums, so don't be shy!

Monday, November 27, 2017

dresses

Fashionably Connecticut: 100 Years of Connecticut Fashion History, 1860-1960 - 7:00 P.M. at the Enfield American Baptist Church, 129 Post Office Road.  Join Natalie Belanger of the Connecticut Historical Society as she presents this very "stylish" program.

Maybe you remember Grandma’s old blue dress and serious shoes or Dad’s best suit and hat, but did you ever wonder why they wore what they wore?  This program explores how clothing communicates who we are, what we do, and the society in which we live.  You’ll look at everything from military inspiration during the Civil War to the influence of political liberalism in the 1960s.  Recall the clothing of your ancestors, your parents, and your own fashion choices as we take this little trip through over 100 years of fashion.

As an Educator at the Connecticut Historical Society, Natalie develops and teaches a variety of programs aimed at children and adults of all ages.  Natalie has worked at several area museums and currently teaches history courses at Manchester Community College, Asnuntuck Community College, and Goodwin College.  She holds a B.A. in history from Smith College and an M.A. in women's history from the University of Maryland.

To learn more about the Connecticut Historical Society and its programs, visit www.chs.org.  CHS is located at 1 Elizabeth Street in Hartford, CT.

Remember - the public is very welcome to this FREE program, so don't be shy!