Guests Enjoy Seven Hearths Revealed Party

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Guests Enjoy Seven Hearths Revealed Party

Over 40 people visited Seven Hearths April 21 for the Seven Hearths Revealed Party to help support our ongoing efforts to highlight the history of Kent. The cocktail party drew a supportive crowd, with a great mix of people who had visited previously along with some who’d never been inside our historic house museum.

Trustees Jeffrey Morgan and Roger Gonzales led a group of people through the museum on a tour, highlighting recent additions as well as the conservation work underway on the building.

We would also like to recognize the organizing committee for the party that was chaired by Trustees Deb Chabrian and Jeffrey Morgan. Others volunteered their time to make it a success, including Austi Brown and Trustees Lynn Worthington and Kent Freeman, as well as volunteers Adriana Martinez and Ed Martinez . Acting Director Patrice Galterio and Curator Marge Smith also spent considerable time planning and welcomed guests to the event.

KHS thanks the following for their help with the party: TEPOZ Tequila,
Kent Wine & Spirit.

One of the highlights of the evening was viewing the artwork offered through a silent auction to support the George Laurence Nelson Scholarship. Six artists contributed paintings and prints they created during a Paint Out on April 12-13 in George Laurence Nelson’s former studio in the Seven Hearths Museum. Proceeds from the auction will fund the scholarship that will aid college students studying art and art history.

Donors

We are especially grateful to those who supported this event and the Society with their generous contributions.

Underwriter

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kissinger

Ms. Agnes Gund

Mrs. Anne Bass

 

Supporter

Ms. Nina Henderson and Mr. Roger Branson

Mr. Jeffrey Morgan and Mr. Robert Couturier

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Randall

Mr. Guy Peterson

 

Friend

Mr. and Mrs. Ned Babbitt

Mr. and Mrs. Ely Britton

Ms. Austi Brown

Dr. Ben Cohen and Dr. Barbara Lukash

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony DiPentima

Mr.  David Freeman and Adriana Martinez

Mr. Michael Hallows and Ms. Lynn Perry              

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hicks

Mr. Clinton Kelly

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Klein

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lenz

Dr. Martin Levine and Dr. Israel Cruz

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Melton

Mr. and Mrs. John Noneman

Mr. Stephen Shapiro and Dr. Amy Attas

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Tobin

Mr. and Mrs. John Youngblood

Mr. Anthony Zunino

Seven Hearths Revealed Sponsors and Paint Out

Seven Hearths Revealed Sponsors and Paint Out

The Kent Historical Society invites all to Seven Hearths Revealed, an evening celebrating our beloved 18th century home and museum, April 21, 2018. We are grateful to our Underwriters, Sponsors and Friends who’ve helped support this fundraiser.

Attendees will tour Seven Hearths, view George Laurence Nelson’s artwork and and enjoy wine, and hors d’oeuvres, as well as celebrate spring with fellow KHS supporters, history buffs and friends.

Deborah Chabrian, KHS Trustee and well-known watercolorist, is again organizing a “Paint Out” with a group of local artists to create beautiful artwork that will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the George Laurence Nelson Scholarship Fund. This is the second year for the painting fundraiser, and Chabrian said that the artists all enjoyed the camaraderie of painting together in the historic Seven Hearths. Invited artists are creating paintings this year inspired by the interior rooms of the unique house museum. The resulting works of art will be offered in a silent auction during the party.

“We want to draw attention to GLN’s light-filled studio here at Seven Heaths, to bring life and art back into the house,” she said.

The party will provide an opportunity to discover more about the house’s rich legacy. Trustee Jeffrey Morgan continues to remove paint layers, particularly in the South Parlor, adding to the Society’s knowledge of what the interiors looked like through the years. The stairs (c. 1940), which previously gave access from the Fur Trading Post to the attic, have been removed to allow for better appreciation and understanding of this recently discovered historical gem. A new stair has been reconstructed in the original location from period materials and hand wrought nails. It is located at the top of the stairs from what was originally the general store and was later used by George Laurence Nelson as his painting studio. Several wonderful examples of Nelson’s interior watercolors will be on display throughout the house.

The fundraising party will provide needed operating funds for the Society. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the ongoing changes that have been happening at the 1751 house museum and celebrate the fascinating history of the building.

Tickets available online.

Seven Hearths Revealed Party

Seven Hearths Revealed Party Tickets

The Kent Historical Society invites all to an evening celebrating our beloved 18th century home and museum. Please join us for the Seven Hearths Revealed party Saturday, April 21 at 6 pm.

Reserve your tickets to the Seven Hearths Revealed Party, by filling out the form below and selecting which ticket package you prefer. Tickets will be held at the door.

Tour Seven Hearths, view George Laurence Nelson’s artwork and more!  Enjoy wine, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and celebrate spring with fellow KHS supporters, history buffs and friends.

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There will also be a silent auction of original artwork created by local artists. Proceeds go to the George Laurence Nelson Scholarship.

If you have any questions, email reservations@kenthistoricalsociety.org. Thank you!

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A look at ‘Kent Back Then’ in the mid-20th Century

A look at ‘Kent Back Then’ in the mid-20th Century

The award-winning curator of the Kent Historical Society (as well as the Sharon Historical Society), Marge Smith will take a nostalgic look at Kent life in the mid-20th century, including farming, the village, moving to Kent, and the role that three private schools have played in the town’s life.

“Kent Back Then” will be presented by the Kent Historical Society, as part of its Sunday Series lectures in the Kent Town Hall Sunday, January 21, at 2 p.m.

Advertisement from 1956 Kent Good Times Dispatch

The depth and breadth of Ms. Smith’s knowledge of Kent is the backbone of the Kent Historical Society, and in this interactive discussion with the audience, she will link the past with today using a series of images and old advertisements from Kent’s iconic local newspaper – The Kent Good Times Dispatch, known fondly as The GTD. In its heyday, The GTD had its finger firmly on the pulse of the town, with reporters submitting stories from every corner of town. So, search your memory banks and plan to join us for a fun afternoon.

 

This Sunday Series lecture inaugurates the theme for the Historical Society’s 2018 events, “Our Town: A Sense of Community in the Mid-20th Century.” One goal for the year will be to celebrate the memories of those who lived through the dramatic changes that took place in Kent before and after World War II.

The Kent Historical Society sponsors the Sunday Series in March, May, July, September, and November. Free admission for members; $5 suggested donation for non-members.

For more information please call 860-927-4587.

Holiday House Tour Showcases Historic Homes

Holiday House Tour Showcases Historic Homes

The Kent Historical Society will feature a Historic Holiday House Tour in December to showcase seven historic homes in Kent, CT.

This vintage image of a historic house in South Kent is one of the homes that will be open to the public for the Kent Historical Society’s Holiday Historic House Tour Dec. 10 from noon to 4:30 p.m.

“We are fortunate in Kent to have several Colonial-era buildings (18th Century) that articulate the difference in scale, character and construction that were characteristic of early Connecticut upland vernacular architecture. Many of these houses have been ‘accumulative. as they have seen 19th, 20th and 21st century additions and alterations.  Some retain most of their early fabric and others have evolved over time,” said Bruce Whipple, who is a member of the society’s Board of Trustees and serves as treasurer for the organization.

The tour will take place Sunday, Dec. 10 from noon to 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $45 online and at the Heron Gallery, Kent Wine & Spirit, and the Kent Town Clerk’s Office. The price jumps to $60 on the day of the tour, so be sure to get your tickets early!

Whipple had the idea for this fundraiser in part due to his own interest in historic architecture and he knew that others would also enjoy seeing what Kent has to offer.

“We knew that patrons would be interested in visiting several homes and seeing them in their current uses.  Each house has a distinct sense of their owner’s tastes and we were pleased that seven families agreed to open their homes for a charitable cause,” Whipple said. “These homes will not disappoint realtors, designers, builders, historians or everyday visitors who come.”

Many of the homes are located in the Kent Hollow section of town. One house is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The fun will begin that day at the Swift House, located at 12 Maple Street (also known as Route 341), where day-of tickets may be purchased and ticket holders will be able to get a map to the homes with a brief description of them. The Swift House will be open from 11 a.m. through the afternoon.

Afterwards, everyone participating is invited to gather back at Swift House to share festive beverages at the wassail bowl.

“The cocktail punch reception that will follow at the Swift House will allow patrons a chance to meet and compare their reactions to what they saw during their visits,” Whipple said.

Proceeds from the event will be used by the Kent Historical Society for its operating budget. Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and present the rich history of Kent, as well as to provide educational and research material to enrich the public understanding of Kent’s artistic and cultural heritage.  For more information, call 860-927-4587.

 

Holiday Historic House Tour Dec. 10

Holiday Historic House Tour Dec. 10

Kent, Connecticut, is rich with historic homes and the Kent Historical Society is excited to be able to offer you an opportunity to tour seven private homes that all date to the 18th century in town. The Society is grateful to the homeowners who are sharing their homes so people can appreciate the town’s history in a new way and how people lived in these buildings and how they’ve evolved over the years.

Advance tickets for this Dec. 10 fundraiser are available for $45 per person by clicking here. Tickets will cost $60 on the day of the event. Maps of the homes on the tour and directions to each house will be available at the Swift House, 12 Maple Street, Kent, CT, from 11 a.m. through the afternoon. The tour will be from noon to 4:30 p.m. and an ending party for participants will be held at the Swift House.

“We knew that patrons would be interested in visiting several homes and seeing them in their current uses.” – Bruce Whipple, Trustee

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All proceeds from this event will be directed to the the Kent Historical Society’s operating budget.

Tickets are available at the Kent Town Clerk’s Office at the Kent Town Hall (41 Kent Green Blvd.), the Heron Gallery (16 North Main Street) and Kent Wine & Spirit (24 North Main Street) in Kent.

Ye Olde Tyme Outhouse

YE OLDE TYME OUTHOUSE

 

outhouse-croppedThe Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum will sponsor a program Ye Olde Tyme Outhouse on Saturday, August 19th at 10:00 AM.

Historian Georg Papp will bring outhouse models representing separate eras in addition to display boards, photos and articles.  This talk will be informative as well as entertaining with some American history mixed in.  The lecture is free but donations on behalf of the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum are welcome. 

Papp says he became an OBPA (Outhouse, Backhouse and Privy Authority) when his daughter bought a 100-year old home in New Hampshire.  She wanted an authentic outhouse to go with the home so dad felt obligated to help.  Since building the first outhouse people started placing orders for outhouses and a new business was developed. 

Papp says old abandoned outhouses are a treasure trove for those who love history and digging.  Muskets, knives, coins, and wallets are among the valuable items found in colonial pits, but the most common items are whiskey bottles. 

The Eric Sloane Museum was built as a collaborative effort between Eric Sloane and Stanley Works of New Britain to commemorate the tool company’s 125th anniversary. Sloane is known to lovers of Americana as an artist and author who brought to life many forgotten customs and skills of past generations. In all, Sloane authored and illustrated over 38 books.

The Eric Sloane Museum is located in Kent, Connecticut on Route 7 (31 Kent-Cornwall Rd.) just north of the village of Kent and the intersections of Route 7 and 341. The museum is open Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Regular admission:  Adults $8.00, Senior Citizens, $6.00, Children 6 to 17 $5.00.

Noah Blake’s Cabin in Context and as a Symbol of the Early Settlement Process

Noah Blake’s Cabin in Context and
as a Symbol of the Early Settlement Process

A series of talks co-sponsored by the Friends of Eric Sloane and the Kent Historical Society

The Kent Historical Society and the Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum are co-sponsoring a series of talks by Michael Everett  aimed at raising funds to aid the State of Connecticut in rebuilding Eric Sloane’s Noah Blake cabin in 2018. Suggested donation of $10 per class or purchase a Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum family level membership for $35 for the year and attend all four classes for free (and receive some additional benefits). This lecture includes admission to the museum. Those attending are urged to buy a copy of Sloane’s Diary of an Early American Boy.  The talks will be held at the Eric Sloane Museum, 31 Kent Cornwall Road (Route 7), Kent,  starting at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 6, May 20 and June 3.

diary-of-an-early-american-boySaturday May 6, 9:00 to 10:00 AM: “Howling Wilderness: Nature”
This talk will explore ideas about nature, conflicting attitudes toward farming, changing ecology. The actual location of the cabin will lead to a consideration of where a homestead should be sited. The session will end with a brief outline of the natural factors we look at in planning today.

Saturday May  20, 9:00 to 10:30 AM:  “Geometry”
It’s hard to capture the colonial era without knowing the process of acquiring land, buying land and speculating in land, from 1740 on. The cabin focus will be on clearing in woods, the establishment of a farmstead, the types of structures needed, and the significance of proximity to town and meeting house. The session will end with a brief mention of how conventions and early regulations and the geometry of ownership we know.

sloane-cabin-artworkSaturday June 3, 9:00 to 10:30 AM:  “Built Form”
Building the initial cabin led to a bigger and more significant house. We’ll examine the difference between vernacular building and domestic architecture, and how houses and their siting are status symbols. The symbolic significance of Noah Blake’s cabin will provoke some reflection, too. The session ends with thoughts about how the first efforts on our frontier affected land use patterns that still persist, and the value we put on historical retention.

Seven Hearths in Bloom Delights Guests

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bloomheadThe Society celebrated the arrival of spring with a fundraiser, “Seven Hearths in Bloom,” Saturday, April 29 and this was a terrific opportunity to show supporters how great our house museum can look.

Floral displays were featured in each of the rooms and each was created and donated by Kent Greenhouse and Gardens. Our thanks also to TEPOZ Tequila donation for our specialty cocktail “Tequila Thyme Lemon-Lime Spritzer,” Kent Wine & Spirit and J.P. Gifford’s for their assistance with the party.

bloom_web_009Trustee Jeffrey Morgan led a group of people through the museum on a tour, where he elaborated on the conservation work underway on the building. He noted how he has carefully removed the layers of paint to reveal the original colors at the bottom.

Curator Marge Smith said that the process of discovery has been interesting as the house reveals itself and its story of past residents.

“One of the fun things is to try to figure out why they chose the paint colors they did,” Smith said in the family parlor, that has also been called the dining room over the years. “We don’t know why they liked orange black,” she said, referring to the orange patches in the corner that have been uncovered.

Morgan said that there was a lot of change in the way the rooms were set up.

“Furniture was a very movable thing,” he explained, noting that many items are worn down on the front legs because they’ve been dragged around.

Smith also noted that the Beebe family was clearly very wealthy and wanted others to know that.

“By the time they built this house, they wanted to show they had money,” she said. The high ceilings and the color on the walls all indicate this to historians.

Smith encouraged all those attending to return to Seven Hearths this summer to view the exhibit on The Founders of Kent.

“It’s a fascinating story and you’ve got to come back,” she told the guests.

bloom_web_001Almost 70 came and helped support our ongoing efforts to highlight the history of Kent.

The cocktail party drew a supportive crowd, with a great mix of old and young. When KHS President Mike Everett listed some of our recently completed capital projects, the new siding on Seven Hearths drew spontaneous applause. He highlighted several accomplishments of the Society.

“One of the most important things was we found a way to store all of Mr. Nelson’s paintings,” he said. An Art and Archives Storage area has been created in the lowest level of Tallman House, where the office is located.

Everett also recognizes the organizing committee for the party that was chaired by Trustees Deb Chabrian and Jeffrey Morgan. Other valuable members included Trustee Kate Vick, along with Bruce Whipple, Melissa Cherniske and Lynn Worthington.

Two of the paintings that were part of the silent auction.
Two of the paintings that were part of the silent auction.

One of the highlights of the evening was the silent auction to support the George Laurence Nelson Scholarship.

Seven artists contributed paintings and prints they created during a Paint Out on April 18 and 19 in George Laurence Nelson’s former studio in the Seven Hearths Museum. Proceeds from the auction will fund the scholarship that will aid college students studying art and art history.

Donors

We are especially grateful to those who supported this event and the Society with their generous contributions.

Underwriters

Mrs. Anne Bass

David and Allison Blitzer

Ms. Annette de la Renta

Dr. and Mrs. Henry Kissinger

Hilda and Arnold Neis

Todd and Leslie Powell

 

Supporter

James D. Barron and Jeannette Montgomery Barron

Ms. Austi Brown

Ms. Agnes Gund

Michael Hallows and Lynn Perry

Ann Lozman and Jay Harris

Alice and Jim Hicks

Megg and Ted Hoffman

Jeffrey Morgan and Robert Couturier

Jean Morrison and Lawford Anderson

Judy and Jim Perkins

Mr. and Mrs. F. Anthony Zunino

Nicholas/Tobin Insurance Co.

 

Friend

Susan and Victor Fink

Kent Freeman and Adriana Martinez

Thomas Gibbs and Robert Lindgren

Nina Henderson and Roger Branson

Jim Hoge and Kathy Lacey

Charles and Jane Klein Family Fund

Bob and Carol Lenz

Carol L. Hoffman Matzke

Patricia and John Noneman

Sharon and Jim Norton

Jerry and Gail Tobin

Kate and James Vick

Bruce Whipple and Michael Ward

Wyrick Associates, Architect

Gabriel and Jane Zatlin

2018 Paint Out raises funds for GLN scholarship

2018 Paint Out raises funds for GLN scholarship

Six local artists contributed paintings they created during a Paint Out April 12-13 in the Seven Hearths Museum. The artistic works will be auctioned during a silent auction April 21 during the Seven Hearths Revealed cocktail party in the historic house museum. Proceeds from the auction are helping fund the George Laurence Nelson Scholarship.

Here is a video of the Paint Out in progress.

The organizer of the Paint Out was Trustee Deborah Chabrian, who is also co-chairing the party.

The six artists who participated are Chabrian, Ed Martinez, Bob Lenz, Susan Grisell, Richard Stalter and Mike Everett. They all created interior views in keeping with the theme of the party.

More information is available here about the George Laurence Nelson Scholarship.