Tag: Hubbard Park

MAY 2021

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

THE FACES OF HUBBARD PARK – The Men and Women Behind the Making of a Masterpiece

Join us on Thursday, May 20 at 6:30pm as Justin Piccirillo, author of the newly-released book “Hubbard Park,” tells the stories of the people who made this celebrated Meriden masterpiece a local landmark.

This program will be presented on Zoom and also streamed to the Meriden Historical Society’s Facebook page https://fb/me/e/GlwN7q4B

Please RSVP your attendance on Zoom at

https://tini.cc/mhs-hubbardpark

Registered attendees will receive a link to the program via email the day of the program.

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VICE IN MERIDEN – Smoking Drinking Gambling MERIDEN ITEMS For Bad Habits


is our current exhibit AT THE ANDREWS HOMESTEAD located at 424 W. Main Street and sharing a parking lot with Benjamin Franklin School. Designed as a self guided tour, the exhibit features items made in Meriden or for Meriden, for use with bad habits which, done to excess, are considered vices. The exhibit will be open to the public EVERY SUNDAY IN MAY – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM & on Saturday, June 12th as part of the CT Open House program.

Observing COVID-19 safety recommendations, social distancing, wearing of masks and a limitation on number of groups in the building, will be strictly enforced.

A walk-through VIDEO of the exhibit, narrated by Sherwin Borsuk and captured by videographer Marcus Hamilton, will be available on our YouTube Channel

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LIVE THE STORY – A WALK THROUGH HUBBARD PARK With Justin Piccirillo is scheduled for Saturday, June 12 (rain date Sunday, June 13) 2021 at 10:00 AM

Meet at Hubbard Park’s parking lot for a walk through the lower park. Justin’s newly-released book “Hubbard Park,” will be available for purchase.

This is a free program. Donations are welcome.

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THE MERIDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY COMMUNITY TAG SALE FUND RAISER
Will be held at the Society’s Bernice Morehouse Research Center parking lot (1090 Hanover Ave, Meriden) Starting on May 15th 2021 and every 2nd Saturday of the month starting June 12th on, weather permitting, with a rain date on the following Saturday.

Setting up is open to the public at a cost of $15.00 per set-up ($10.00 for members of the Meriden Historical Society).
For more information please contact our board member Peter Slavinski at 203-721-4640.

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NAPIER BOARD OF DIRECTORS TABLE DONATED TO THE MERIDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY BY ION BANK

In an extraordinary gesture, Ion bank has donated the exquisite board of directors table of Meriden’s Napier Company, thus returning the table to Meriden. Originally, the oversized table was given to Meriden’s Castle Bank where it was used until the bank was acquired by Ion (then Naugatuck Savings) Bank.

We hope to be able to display and use this historic table in the near future.

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WE WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBER

Arthur Dutra III of Meriden CT

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FOR THEIR GENEROSITY WE THANK

All who voted for the Meriden Historical Society at the Ion Bank Community Award Program. Thanks to your supporting vote, the Society received a $400.00 check from Ion Bank.

 

 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS

Hergott Dental Associates

166 S. Broad St., Meriden CT

203-235-3738

www.hergottdental.com

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Jonal Laboratories

456 Center St., Meriden CT

203-634-4444

www.jonal.com

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Mahon, Quinn & Mahon, P.C.

636 Broad St., Meriden, CT

203-238-1010

www.mqmlawyer.com

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Mule Security & Electric Inc.

113 Broad St., Meriden CT

203-238-7561

www.mulesecurity.com

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New England Capital Financial Advisors LLC

79 Main St., Meriden, CT

203-935-0265

www.newenglandcapital.com

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The Russell Hall Company

19 N. George St, Meriden, CT

203-235-6391

www.Russellhall.com

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Suzio Insurance Center, Inc.

54 Chamberlain Hwy., Meriden, CT

203-237-7403

www.suzioinsurance.com

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Tuxis Ohr’s Fuel

80 Britannia St. Meriden, CT

203-639-3513

www.tuxisfuel.com

HUBBARD PARK – Virtual Program with Justin Piccirillo 5/20/2021

Join us on Thursday, May 20 at 6:30pm as Justin Piccirillo, author of the newly-released book “Hubbard Park,” tells the stories of the people who made this celebrated Meriden masterpiece a local landmark.

Hubbard Park has been Meriden’s “crown jewel” for over a century. Throughout its long and exciting history, there have been many men and women associated with the park. Whether playing a role in its development and beautification, or committing to its recreational appeal and preservation, these Hubbard Park faces deserve attention.
This program will be presented on Zoom and also streamed to the Meriden Historical Society’s Facebook page, facebook.com/meridenhistoricalsociety. Please RSVP your attendance at http://tiny.cc/mhs-hubbardpark to join us on Zoom. Registered attendees will receive a link to the program via email the day of the program.

HUBBARD PARK – A VIDEO TOUR WITH JUSTIN PICCIRILLO October 29, 2020 at 6:30 PM

VIEW THE RECORDED EVENT HERE

On October 29, 1900, hundreds of local residents gathered at Castle Craig for a celebration and the official dedication of Hubbard Park, Walter Hubbard’s gift to Meriden.

Join us on October 29 at 6:30pm as we commemorate this historic anniversary – 120 years to the day! – with a virtual program by historian, educator and author of “Hubbard Park” Justin Piccirillo. Mr. Piccirillo will share a new video tour of Hubbard Park and answer questions from attendees.

This program will be presented on Zoom and also streamed to the Meriden Historical Society’s Facebook page, facebook.com/meridenhistoricalsociety. There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP your attendance via the registration form HERE to join us on Zoom. Registered attendees will receive a link to the program via email the day of the program.

This program is co-presented by the Meriden Historical Society and the Meriden Department of Parks and Recreation.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS – 2020:

THE JEDEDIAH WILCOX MANSION ANNIVERSARY – celebrating 150 years. 

One of Meriden’s most magnificent homes, the Jedediah Wilcox Mansion stood at 816 Broad Street for just over 100 years. When the Wilcox family moved in on November 19, 1870, the Meriden Daily Republican described the building as “a princely mansion”  and “the finest residence…in the state.”

Join us on November 19 at 6:30pm as we commemorate the historic 150th anniversary – to the day! – of the mansion’s completion with a virtual program by local historian Brian Cofrancesco. Mr. Cofrancesco will share his years of research about Jedediah Wilcox, the history of the mansion, photographs of its interior and exterior, and its complicated history. There will also be a special announcement you won’t want to miss!  

This program will be presented on Zoom and also streamed to the Meriden Historical Society’s Facebook page, facebook.com/meridenhistoricalsociety. There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP your attendance at tiny.cc/mhs-wilcoxmansion to join us on Zoom. Registered attendees will receive a link to the program via email the day of the program.

This program is co-presented by the Meriden Historical Society and the Meriden Public Library. 

CANCELLED – BUSTER KEATON – THE GREATEST OF THE SILENT CLOWNS

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Meriden Public Library 105 Miller St., Meriden, CT

Three silent comedians ruled the silver screen before the arrival of sound to the movies: Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. Dr. Sherwin Borsuk, president of the Meriden Historical Society and a Keaton aficionado, will present Buster Keaton – his life and phenomenal acrobatic movie achievements. The talk will be accompanied by stills and short movie clips.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

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CANCELLED: HUBBARD PARK – PART I

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Meriden Public Library 105 Miller St., Meriden, CT

Justin Piccirillo, a member of the Meriden Historical Society, educator, author, illustrator and a Meriden history buff will present the first in the series of 3 talks about Hubbard Park. This talk will cover the period of the park up to WW-II. Mr. Piccirillo has been researching the History of the park and is in the process of publishing a book based on his research. The public is invited to come, share, listen and view and learn about the History, the facts and the legends associated with the park.

Free admission. Refreshments will be served.

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SOUTH MERIDEN’S HANOVER TROLLEY PARK – Cancelled

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Meriden Public Library 105 Miller St., Meriden, CT

Lesley Solkoske, Meriden Historical Society’s vice president and Hanover Park researcher, invites the public to join her in a visual walk (and talk) through the park, its history and its various attractions as captured in photographs, postcards and maps. Situated at the end of Meriden’s trolley line, Hanover Park was Meriden’s main attractions and a state wide amusement destination in the late 1800s early 1900s.

Free admission. Refreshments will be served.

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VICE IN MERIDEN – the Products and Services for Smoking Drinking Gambling and More in Meriden’s Past – Cancelled

Every Sunday in May, (3, 10, 17, 24 & 31) 11:00 am – 3:00 p.m.
Open House and Special Exhibit at the Meriden Historical Society’s Museum, the Andrews Homestead, 424 W. Main St, Meriden

Visit a Colonial era home. The Andrews Homestead was built in 1770 and is the only museum in Meriden dedicated to the history of our city, and its industry. The museum is chuck full of artifacts, many of which were recently added to the collection. Our May Open House will feature a special exhibit dedicated to the many items produced here, items representing indulgence and vice.

Admission is free, donations are gratefully accepted and will help support our mission to preserve Meriden’s past for future generations.

MARCH 2020

BUSTER KEATON – THE GREATEST OF THE SILENT CLOWNS
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Meriden Public Library
105 Miller St., Meriden, CT
Three silent comedians ruled the silver screen before the arrival of sound to the movies: Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. Sherwin Borsuk MD, president of the Meriden Historical Society and a Keaton aficionado, will present Buster Keaton – his life and phenomenal acrobatic movie achievements. The talk will be accompanied by stills and short movie clips.
Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – MERIDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS:
Historic Hubbard Park – Part I with Justin Piccirillo
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 6:30 pm at the Meriden Public Library.
South Meriden’s Hanover Trolley Park with Lesley Solkoske
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:30 pm at the Meriden Public Library.
Vice in Meriden – the Products and Services for Smoking Drinking Gambling and More in Meriden’s Past – Open House and Special Exhibit
Every Sunday in May (3, 10, 17, 24 & 31) 11:00 am – 3:00 at the Meriden Historical Society’s Museum, the Andrews Homestead, 424 W. Main St, Meriden, CT.

ANDREWS HOMESTEAD CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS – A FOLLOW UP
Our Christmas Open House (12/7&8/2019) was a heartwarming success. Close to 200 people came through the exhibit, many visiting for the first time. Not only did they enjoy the decorations, but they also learned about the history of Meriden and its manufacturers. The door prize, a generous donation by the Thompson Chocolate Co. was won by Lynn Dean.

BEN FRANKLIN SCHOOL 5TH GRADE GIRLS CLUB HELP DECORATE THE ANDREWS HOMESTEAD
The Society, in partnership with Ben Franklin School, welcomed the 5th Grade Girls Club. They brought with them a variety of hand-crafted ornaments to decorate our Christmas tree. They also showed an interest in hearing about Meriden’s past and were given a tour of the Homestead. In return, the Society gave them a souvenir ornament as a token of our appreciation.

LATEST ADDITIONS TO OUR COLLECTIONS
An acquisition fund has been established from the proceeds of the sale of items from The Lester Dequaine and Frank Chiarenza collections. Those collections were given to the Society for the purpose of fundraising. The Collections Committee has been busy acquiring items to add to our permanent collection.
New additions to the Bradley & Hubbard display: We now have a 12” statuette entitled “le Gamin” which depicts a young boy who looks like a street urchin from the 1800s. There is also a cast iron, japanned finished shelf clock with gold and floral stenciling.
You may remember seeing a large, framed drawing of a clock in the form of a soldier wearing a wig and three-cornered or “cocked” hat, with his hands holding a clock face in his belly.
This drawing was done in 1856 by Pietro Cinquinni and accompanied his patent application. These clocks were known as “Blinking Eye” or “Winker” clocks because the eyes moved via a connection to the clock mechanism. We have always wanted to find one of these clocks for our display and now we have one! Ours is missing its mechanism; however, it is the cast iron figure of “The Continental”. It was manufactured by Bradley & Hubbard and is worth seeing.

Our clock was produced prior to the granting of the patent and is marked in the base as “Patent Pending 1856” and “PCF,” presumably signifying Pietro Cinquinni. Design Patent No. 916 was issued in 1857 and subsequent clocks were marked “Patented July 14, 1857.” The hat portion of the clock case is independent from the rest of the casting. This allowed B&H to substitute a different hat on the same body and offer the clock as “the Admiral”. An example of this design is included in the collections of the Smithsonian.
New additions to the Silver City Glass Co. display case include a frosted glass bowl & candlestick console set donated by a Society member. A black glass box in their early “Daisy” pattern was also purchased for the collection.

We have added a cobalt blue, medium sized dresser box with a “blown out” zinnia flower on the cover, done by the C. F. Monroe Co. This acquisition was made possible through the Don & Carol Lyle Fund.
Thompson Chocolate Co. has generously donated some of their outdated candy molds. They are now on permanent display at the Andrews Homestead. These and other newly acquired items will be on display at our Museum’s upcoming May Open House & Special Exhibit event (Every Sunday in May, 11:00 – 3:00, at the Andrews Homestead, 424 W. Main St.).

HELP US PRESERVE MERIDEN’S PAST
There are so many Meriden related items waiting to be discovered. Items from any of the Meriden manufacturers, old sales catalogs and advertising items, photos showing street scenes and buildings are especially interesting. Even things that may seem insignificant can be an insight into the past. If you are in the process of downsizing or wondering what to do with Meriden related items, be sure to contact us at our email address: meridenhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or by phone: 203-639-1913 (please leave a message).

UNDERCLIFF SANATORIUM: INFORMATION WANTED Our member Eileen Sypher had sent us the following call for help: “I am writing a book on my father who spent a year at Undercliff in 1951-2 for his tuberculosis. He died in 1952 before he could tell me about his life there. I am eager to hear from anyone who had a relative or friend there while it was a tuberculosis sanatorium—do you have stories? Letters? Photos? Any tidbit most welcome! In my writing I will mention no names, of course, should you share with me. I am eager to restore these forgotten histories that are a part of so many lives and of Meriden’s past. Rev. Dr. Eileen Sypher. Email: esypher@comcast.net or call 860-391-1860 and leave a message.”
We hope you or someone you know can help.

WE NOTE WITH SORROW THE PASSING OF OUR MEMBERS:
Lawrence McLane Morehouse
Walter Shamock

FOR THEIR GENEROSITY WE THANK:
Jacquelyn Beale, Sherwin & Ruth Borsuk, Bruce and Suzana Burchsted, Michael & Lizbeth Cardona, Ellen Carter, William Glick, Gregg D. Hugo, Judith Laczek, Robert Marchetti, Dan Metz, Diantha Morse, Joan M. Munger in memory of Leon Bartholomew, Robert B. Siegler, The Suzio Insurance Center Inc., Philip Toussaint, Tuxis Ohr’s Fuel, Suzanne Zajac, our anonymous donor at Your Cause, and the many visitors to the Andrews Homestead and to the Bernice Morehouse Research Center. Donations in Memory of Larry McLane Morehouse were received from: Arnold Bloch, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc., Joseph Lanterna, John & Martha McCarthy and Susan Webber

WE WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS:
Barbara Austen and Family, June Banack, Michael Banack, Michael Cardona & Family, Hergott Dental, Jonal Laboratories, Jocelyn S. Linnekin, Darrell Lucas, Robert Marchetti, The Russell Hall Co., Eileen Sypher, Cindy & Bob Tencza & Family, and Tuxis Ohr’s Fuel.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR CORPORATE MEMBERS

Hergott Dental Associates
166 S. Broad St., Meriden CT
203-235-3738
www.hergottdental.com

Jonal Laboratories
456 Center St., Meriden CT
203-634-4444
www.jonal.com

Mahon, Quinn & Mahon, P.C.
636 Broad St., Meriden, CT
203-238-1010
www.mqmlawyer.com

Nest Egg Auctions
758 Four Rod Rd., Berlin, CT
203-630-1400
www.nesteggauctions.com

New England Capital
Financial Advisors LLC
79 Main St., Meriden, CT
203-935-0265
www.newenglandcapital.com

Record Journal
500 S. Broad St., Meriden, CT
203-317-2407
www.myrecordjournal.com

The Russell Hall Company
19 N. George St, Meriden, CT
203-235-6391
www.Russellhall.com

Spoonshoppe Brooke Deli
1320 E. Main St., Meriden, CT
203-630-3354
www.spoonshoppe.com

Suzio Insurance Center, Inc.
54 Chamberlain Hwy., Meriden, CT
203-237-7403
www.suzioinsurance.com

Tuxis Ohr’s Fuel
80 Britannia St. Meriden, CT
203-639-3513
www.tuxisfuel.com