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Lecture: World War I Memorials of Connecticut with Richard Donohue

HOME =============================================== =============================================== World War I Memorials of Connecticut Saturday, November 10, 2018 2:00pm Join historian Richard Franklin Donohue for a lively lecture and discussion about World War I memorials in Connecticut, with a special emphasis on Fairfield County memorials.As the First World War ended, American communities hurried to memorialize the great efforts of their [...]

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Research Information:

Most of the Norwalk historical archives (paper), maps, unframed photographs, and genealogy can be found in the Norwalk History Room, located at the Norwalk Public Library – Main Branch, 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850, 203-899-2780 x-15125, norwalkhistoryroom@norwalkpubliclibrary.org.  Please check the Norwalk History Room website for open hours.

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Norwalk Historical Society Museum141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

 

Visit Mill Hill Historic Park

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Town House at Mill Hill Historic Park2 East Wall  Street, Norwalk, CT

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World War I Memorials of Connecticut

Saturday, November 10, 2018

2:00pm

Join historian Richard Franklin Donohue for a lively lecture and discussion about World War I memorials in Connecticut, with a special emphasis on Fairfield County memorials.

As the First World War ended, American communities hurried to memorialize the great efforts of their sons and daughters.  Changes in cultural and civic ideals since the American Civil War led to extensive public discourse about what memorials should and should not be.  Government leaders, artists, historians, and the monument industry itself promoted ideas from simple tablets to monoliths rivaling those of Egypt and Rome. Memorials throughout Connecticut exemplify this entire range of monumental styles.

Having visited and cataloged more than 220 monuments throughout the 169 towns in Connecticut, Richard Franklin Donohue will display images of the monuments and explore trends in their design and placement, with special emphasis placed on Norwalk and the surrounding areas.

Donations
At the event, we will be accepting donation items for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Please consider donating some of the following:

Toothpaste, toothbrushes, Bic-style razors, shaving cream and body wash
Men’s t-shirts, underwear and socks. All sizes needed!

Members of the American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary Poppy Program will also be accepting donations.

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Purchase Tickets online click here

$5.00 – general admission

FREE for Veterans and Active Military

(Please have proper identification card to be checked at door)

About Richard Franklin Donohue

Richard Franklin Donohue is the Town Historian of his hometown of Cromwell, Connecticut.  His original research has formed the basis of museum exhibits, traveling lectures, and living history programs on topics ranging from 18th-century slavery to Civil War-era Classical music performances to early 20th-century Mechanical Banks.  As President and Program Director of the Cromwell Historical Society for nearly fifteen years and a teacher in both public and private schools for twenty-five, he strives to enhance his towns interest and participation in local and national history.  In addition to his work with history, Richard is a tenor soloist specializing in Middle English Carols, Bach arias, and German Lieder and is the director of the 1876 Singing Society at Mystic Seaport.

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Mill Hill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT
Handicapped & limited mobility parking on site only.
All others, follow signs for parking across the street.

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On November 11, 2018 @ 11:00am,
Americans across the nation will toll bells
in remembrance of those who served and sacrificed.

This year marks the Centennial of the end of World War I.

More than 26,000 men and women from the State of Connecticut served selflessly and honorably in the
“War to End all Wars”.  Over 1,900 of those who left Connecticut to serve in the war would never return.

Join the Norwalk Historical Society and these great organizations and #TollTheBell

 

Venue

Mill Hill Historic Park – Town House

2 East Wall Street

Norwalk, CT

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Grand Re-Opening The Governor Fitch Law Office

Self Guided Tours

Saturday, December 2, 2108

(snow date: Sunday, December 9, 2018)

2:00-4:00pm

Explore the Governor Fitch Law Office, recently reinterpreted under the joint supervision of the Norwalk Historical Commission, Norwalk Historical Society, and curated by Dr. Daryn Reyman-Lock.

Moved to Mill Hill in the early 1970s, the Fitch Law Office is used as a key tool in teaching school children about Colonial life.

The Law Office was recently remodeled and redecorated to expand on the ideas previously applied and give an accurate representation of life in the late 1700s.

Paint analysis on wood paneling and floors was completed and, subsequently, surfaces repainted to reflect their historic 18th century colors.

Reproduction 18th century rugs woven on period looms were laid and furnishings, including desks, cabinets, kitchen and table wares, books and linens, from Governor Fitch’s house inventory sourced and installed.

New interpretive panels allow visitors to guide themselves through the building and provide new information about necessities of Colonial living and Governor Fitch himself!

Tours Every 15 Minutes until 3:45pm

Self Guided Tour Signup

Admission: FREE!

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Mill Hill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT
Handicapped & limited mobility parking on site only.
All others, follow signs for parking across the street.

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Norwalk, CT  06852
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One hundred fifty years ago, in the summer of 1862, President Lincoln faced the specter of defeat. When Lincoln called for volunteers, a thousand men from Fairfield County enlisted in the 17th Connecticut to save the Union.