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Rocky Hill Historical Society Presents “Memories of G. Fox”

November 5, 2011

Sunday November 20, 2011 – Memories of Hartford’s Iconic Department Store, G. Fox… (previously scheduled for October 30)

G. Fox & Co, from an old postcard

November 20, 2011

From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox in the 1950’s
The Rocky Hill Historical Society and the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) are teaming up to bring you: “From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox in the 1950’s”, on Sunday, November 20, 2011, in Chapin Hall, at the Rocky Hill Congregational Church, 805 Old Main St., Rocky Hill, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Elizabeth Abbe, director of public outreach at the Connecticut Historical Society, will lead you down memory lane with a look at Connecticut’s favorite department store.  She will take you back, floor by floor, to the days when G. Fox was the largest privately-owned department store in the U.S.

For most Connecticut residents the words “G. Fox” hold powerful associations.  They remember a tall department store on Main Street in Hartford filled with every imaginable garment, home furnishing or domestic necessity.  They recall the broad front windows decorated for Christmas or shopping trips for back-to-school clothes.  They remember cream cheese on date-nut bread with mother in the Connecticut Room.  Elizabeth herself, who grew up in Wethersfield, says she remembers how special it was to take the bus “uptown” to spend the day shopping with her mother at Fox’s.

Elizabeth will also give you some insight into the woman who made every shopping experience a joy – Beatrice Fox Auerbach.  In addition to a substantial collection of clothing, furniture, and photographs tied to the story of G. Fox, the Connecticut Historical Society houses some of Mrs. Auerbach’s personal records including correspondence between the G. Fox President and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

So revisit G. Fox, where the customer was always right!  Bring your memories along with your favorite purchases from G. Fox.  We’ll have some tables for display of G. Fox treasures and time for you to share a favorite G. Fox story.

There is no charge for this program but freewill donations will be gratefully accepted.  For more information please call (860) 563-6704.

Interesting history of G. Fox & Co. click here

May Day Tea at Cromwell Historical Society

May 16, 2011

The Cromwell Historical Society presented a lovely May Day Tea complete with period costumes, flowers, tea, and, a May Pole. Wonderful photos of the event at their site; these are just a sampling: (Photo Credits; Emily Jones)

Cromwell's May Pole

May Day Tea Refreshments

Wall Stenciling-18th C House Rocky Hill (c. 1727)

May 15, 2011

This decoration found on the wall of a 2nd floor room in a house on Lower Pratt Street. Such stenciling decoration was a fairly common practice in the period but to find them intact and vibrant today is rare. It is unknown when this stenciling was added as the previous owners have passed on and the current owner does not occupy the house.

Wall Stenciling - 18th C House Rocky Hill (CT) (c 1727)

Wall Stenciling -  18th C House Rocky Hill (CT) (c. 1727) by Steadyjohn

This decoration found surrounding a parlor fireplace in a house on Lower Pratt Street.

Here is information from a review of the book “American Wall Stenciling 1790-1840” by Ann Eckert Brown:

“For today’s owner of an antique house, the discovery of an early stenciled wall—even a fragment of one—is a revelation that offers a shard of a tangible past. In post-revolutionary America, the decoration of choice for a surprisingly large number of home owners from all social and economic groups was walls painted with intricate stenciled designs. Stenciled walls were cheaper and more sanitary than those covered with paper, but the most compelling reason for the widespread use of stenciling was that it was considered far more stylish than impersonal, mass-produced paper. Stencil artists freely borrowed wallpaper motifs and crossbred them. Successive generations of wallpaper, which became increasingly more affordable after the Industrial Revolution, covered stenciled walls, hiding them, obliterating some and preserving others.”


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