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Your Silent Neighbors: Dr. Solomon Everest

July 1, 2016 Community, History No Comments

By David K. Leff
Town Historian 

DSC_0217Dr. Solomon Everest (1760-1822) is known as the “father of Canton” because he was first to sign the petition to the legislature to make Canton a separate town.

He served as a surgeon in the Revolution.  A well respected physician in Canton for many years, he also represented the town in the General Assembly and at the state constitutional convention of 1818.

He lived in a Georgian colonial home at the corner of Lawton Road and Albany Turnpike, now the site of the UConn Health facility.  UConn Health recently dedicated a plaque in Dr. Everest’s honor.  Dr. Everest is buried in the Baptist Cemetery on Canton Springs Road.

“Your Silent Neighbors” introduces readers to people out of Canton’s past.  It will appear on the first and fifteenth of each month.  Readers are encouraged to visit these gravesites and pay their respects to the people who have helped make our community what it is today.  Any suggestions, questions, or corrections should be addressed to Town Historian David Leff, at onktaadn@comcast.net … Continue Reading

Civil War Hijinks with Judy Cook Set for May 6

 Judy-Cook-Civil-War-David Howe PLibrarySubmitted Release 

On Friday, May 6, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. the Canton Public Library presents a special program called “Civil War Hijinks with Judy Cook.”

Acting out family letters and stories, and accompanying herself on songs of the era in front of projected period photographs, Judy Cook offers a reality-based glimpse of life during the Civil War. Judy performs in character, based on the published letters of her own great grandparents and images of the time, from her book, A Quiet Corner of the War: The Civil War Letters of Gilbert and Esther Claflin, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, 1862-1863.

Hear about real instances of rebel guerrilla attacks, food and hygiene difficulties, daily pastimes of soldiers, and more. From the home front, learn of Esther’s challenges of running a farm and raising children on her own.

The book will be available in our collection after the program. As folk singer and storyteller, Judy has performed all over the US and Britain for the past 18 years. Famed folk singer, Peggy Seeger, describes her this way: “Judy’s the real thing. With Capital Letters.”

To learn about her performances, visit www.judycook.net. Everyone is welcome, and registration is requested to ensure sufficient seating. For information or to register please call (860) 693-5800, email bvanness@cantonpubliclibrary.org, or visit www.cantonpubliclibrary.org.

Driving Tours Offer a Glimpse of Canton’s Rich History

March 6, 2016 Community, History No Comments

Town Historian David K. Leff and Town Clerk Linda Smith at the historic Canton Creamery site, once an important part of Canton’s agricultural landscape. The location, now Canton Clay Works, is just one of many included in the Driving Tours Tours of Historic Canton found at http://www.townofcantonct.org/drivingtours Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts 

Canton’s rich agricultural past is no secret but as hundreds of residents take a daily by Canton Clay Works in Canton Center, they might not realize the importance of this site.

The Canton Creamery Association, Inc., built in the 1890s, was a cooperative that once churned 400 pounds of butter a day. Milk and butter produced on the site were sold to dairies in the New Haven and Hartford areas.

“This building is a testament to how important agriculture was in Canton,” Town Historian David Leff said.

The creamery site is just one of more than 60 included in a brand new Driving Tours of Historic Canton, a new multi-media online guide, in four sections, provided by the town of Canton.

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Work of Late Canton Artist Will Take Center Stage Once Again During Museum Benefit

Marji Rose and Cheryl Scott look over some of the prints that will be sold next Sunday.

Marji Rose and Cheryl Scott look over some of the prints that will be sold next Sunday during a sale and celebration of the work of the late Nancy Douglass Cloutier.

Next Sunday’s art sale and gathering at the Canton Historical Museum not only benefits an organization devoted to preserving the town’s history but will also showcase the work of one Canton’s most influential creative spirits.

From 4 to 7 p.m. on March 15, the Canton Historical Museum will hold a sale, reception and gathering featuring the artwork of the late Nancy Douglass Cloutier, long-time printmaker, multi-media artist and a passionate member of the Canton Artists’ Guild.

Cloutier’s daughter, Marji Cloutier Rose, donated numerous prints to the museum after talking to volunteer and family friend Cheryl Scott. She figured it would be a great way to help the museum’s building fund, while highlighting her mother’s artwork.

“I’m so glad to get it out there,” Rose said. “I want her work to be known.” … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: First Selectman Supports Canton Historical Museum’s Gallery of Trees

November 23, 2014 Community, History, Photos 1 Comment
First Selectman Richard Barlow at the Canton Historical Museum's Gallery  of Trees Gala on Nov. 22. Participants can also participate in a teacup auction for a chance to win one of the numerous donated trees. It's not too late to put in a bid on numerous decorated trees donated to the cause. The meseum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Dec. 14 (except for Thanksgiving Day) until that date. Extended hours will also be held during Christmas in Collinsville on Dec. 12 and 13. Photo by Julia Wholey

First Selectman Richard Barlow at the Canton Historical Museum’s Gallery of Trees Gala on Nov. 22. 
Photo by Julia Wholey

The Canton Historical Museum hosted its Gallery of Trees opening night gala on Nov. 22 but it’s not too late to put in a bid on numerous decorated trees donated to the cause. The meseum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Dec. 14 (except for Thanksgiving Day). Extended hours will also be held during Christmas in Collinsville on Dec. 12 and 13. Additionally on Dec. 12 Canton native Geoff Matesky will perform on guitar and vocal at the museum. … Continue Reading

Gallery of Trees Opening Gala is Set for Nov. 22

November 17, 2014 Community, History No Comments
Collinsville Savings Society's contribution to the Gallery of Trees.  Photo by John Fitts

Collinsville Savings Society’s contribution to the Gallery of Trees.
Photo by John Fitts

Canton Historical Museum kicks off its 6th annual Gallery of Trees with an opening gala the evening of Nov. 22.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to get into the holiday spirit,” said Cheryl Scott, museum volunteer and gala committee member.

The event takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 22 at the museum with refreshments and live music by Tom Haynes, lead vocalist and keyboardist for The Tirebiter Band. Cost is $20.

Participants can also participate in a teacup auction for a chance to win one of the numerous donated trees. The drawing will take place on Dec. 14 and starting Saturday, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (except for Thanksgiving Day) until that date. Extended hours will also be held during Christmas in Collinsville on Dec. 12 and 13. … Continue Reading

Images of Canton: Oktoberfest 2014

October 4, 2014 Community, History, Photos No Comments
The Canton Historical Museum hosted its third annual Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 3.  Photo by John Fitts

The Canton Historical Museum hosted its third annual Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 3.
Photo by John Fitts

The Canton Historical Museum hosted its third annual Oktoberfest on Friday, Oct. 3.

The event featured several beer varieties, wine, food concessions from the Lions Club and live music by Jr Krauss and the Shakes and Collinsville String Band. … Continue Reading

#TBT #CantonCT: At the Crossroads

October 1, 2014 History 4 Comments
Courtesy of Mary Ellen Cosker

Courtesy of Mary Ellen Cosker

From the postcard collection of Mary Ellen Cosker comes this image of the Crossroads Restaurant, circa the early 1960s. The site is currently home to Saybrook Fish House. Note the reference to Route 25 and the “Gateway to Scenic Connecticut.”

Courtesy of Mary Ellen Cosker

Courtesy of Mary Ellen Cosker

 

CHS Social Studies Teacher Will Participate in National Holocaust Conference This Summer

June 19, 2014 History, Schools No Comments

 

Erin Kellogg. Courtesy Photo

Erin Kellogg.
Courtesy Photo

Canton High School Social Studies Teacher Erin Kellogg will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer to study the Holocaust. 

Kellogg has been accepted into the grant-funded Belfer National Conference for Educators. 

“At the conference, Museum educators and scholars share rationales, strategies, and approaches for teaching about the Holocaust,” according to the event web site. “Participants have the opportunity to tour the Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, as well as the special exhibitions Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story and Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust, and to explore the Museum’s full range of resources.”

Nora Mocarski Honored as ‘Outstanding Teacher of American History’

June 13, 2014 History, Schools No Comments
Nora Mocarski and Susan Jurras at this week's Canton Board of Education meeting.

Nora Mocarski and Susan Jurras at this week’s Canton Board of Education meeting.

The Phoebe Humphrey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has honored Nora M. Mocarski as an Outstanding Teacher of American History.

Mocarski, Canton Grade 7 to 12 Social Studies chair and teacher, was formally honored at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night.

Susan Jurras, Good Citizen Chairman of the local DAR chapter, said she was immensely impressed with the dossier Mocarski had to submit after being nominated by Superintendent Kevin D. Case.

In addition to extensive education and teaching experience, Jurras noted a petition signed by students from Wamogo Regional School in Litchfield when she announced she was leaving there to work in Canton.

“That really attests a lot to the type of teacher she is,” Jurras said. … Continue Reading

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