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Historical Society Has Busy Schedule Planned For Next Few Months

August 16, 2013 by Special To The ...

The Cheshire Historical Society will begin their Fall Program on Monday, Sept. 23, with Charles Waggoner, current Junior Warden at St. Peter’s Church, who will take a new look at the letters written by Cpl. Titus Moss to his wife Jeanette during the Civil War. In 1862, when Moss enlisted, he too was the Junior Warden at St. Peter’s Church. Charlie’s talk will bring a unique, personal perspective to the letters. The presentation also will include many excerpts from the letters, pictures of Moss and other family members from the church archives, and several new pictures recently re-discovered in the Society files.
On Sunday, Sept. 29, the Cheshire Historical Society joins forces with the Town Historian and the Cheshire Historic District to host the first annual Historic Trolley Tour. The rich history of the Cheshire Street area will be shared on the three two-hour tours scheduled for that day. Tickets are $20 and the tours leave at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. There are tickets available for the noon tour at this time.
The Society plans further events, including a presentation by Adam Shefts of Northeast Paranormal Investigations Society. Shefts’ team had performed a site visit at the historic Hitchcock-Phillips House in July and will provide his paranormal evidence and stories from historic locations around the Northeast region of the United States, ending with a reveal of Cheshire’s own Hitchcock-Phillips House. This will be Monday, Oct. 28 and should be a fun Halloween activity at the Society.
David and Diane Calabro are pleased to offer their gingerbread house decorating workshop again this year. Participants will take their decorated candy creation home with them. “This makes us think of an old fashioned holiday activity, unplugged and loaded with sugar. It’s the perfect afternoon,” explains Diane Calabro, Society president. This popular event will be held Sunday, Nov. 24. Reservations are needed.
On Monday evening, Nov. 25, Cheshire Academy archivist Ann Moriarty returns to the Cheshire Historical Society to discuss two well-known Cheshire Academy alumni: John Pierpont (J. P.) Morgan, American financier, banker, philanthropist, and art collector, who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation during his lifetime, and Gideon Welles, U. S. Secretary of the Navy in President Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet during the Civil War. Both men attended the Episcopal Academy of Connecticut (now Cheshire Academy) as boys. It should be fascinating to learn little-known facts about their lives as students.
And for those who like to party, the Society has scheduled its Holiday Party, described as “THE social event of the year in Cheshire,” by Head Curator Mary Ellen Kania, on Dec. 15. The Hitchcock-Phillips House will be decorated by the Suburban Garden Club with holiday cheer bursting in the many display rooms throughout the museum.
The Cheshire Historical Society welcomes visitors every Sunday through December from 2 to 4 p.m. Docents are available for anyone who wishes to learn more about the history of the building and the contents of the various rooms on display. Private tours are available by phoning (203) 272-8771. School tours are always welcome and there is a guidance document on the Society website: For further information on any of the events above, to purchase tickets for the Trolley Tour, or to make reservations for the NPIS presentation or the Gingerbread Workshop call 203 272-2574 (there is no charge for these events). Call Diane Calabro at 203 250-9350 for more information and details about the gingerbread workshop.

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