South Street, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone: 860-567-4501.
October is American Archives Month, which means it's a time to learn about the evils of staples, paper clips, and humidity, and celebrate the importance of the archive to writers, researchers, and genealogists alike. Join the Litchfield Historical Society in celebrating Archives Month through a series of discussions and free lectures. On Friday, October 19 at 1:00 pm, the Historical Society's director, Cathy Fields, will share little known facts supported by photographic evidence from the Records of the Litchfield Historical Society. Did you know that the entire Historical Society used to fit in one room? Or that the Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library was on the third floor? Maybe you remember dress shopping in the Law School building. There is no doubt that you will learn something new about the 156-year old organization and its evolution. Roxbury historian and author Ann Smith Finn will discuss the importance of archives and the research process in writing her new book on Friday, October 26 at 1:00 pm. Her upcoming book, Ehrick K. Rossiter Designs for Modern Living 1880–1930, includes several images from the Historical Society's collection. Both the October 19 and 26 lectures are free and open to the public. In addition to these two stimulating lectures, history professor Steve McGrath and former English teacher Jerry Geci will lead a three-week class and discussion on the War of 1812 and the forging of American identity. Using materials from the Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library and other sources, they will demonstrate that while the war did not come to Litchfield, its residents were certainly affected, some even long before the first shots were fired. Class is in session at 11:00 am on Wednesdays, October 10, 17, and 24. The fee for all three classes is $15, and light refreshments will be served. All Archives Month programming will take place in the Cunningham Gallery at the Litchfield History Museum. Please register by calling (860) 567-4501 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The Litchfield History Museum is located at 7 South Street, Litchfield, CT. For more information about this or other programs, please call (860) 567-4501 or see www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org. Make sure to check out the Historical Society's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/TappingReeve) for an Archives Month word-of-the-day and an example from the Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.