PLAINVILLE - The Plainville Historic Center has several programs lined up in celebration of their 50th year.
Nancy Eberhardt, president of the Plainville Historic Center at 29 Piece St., said that this year and next year are both going to be busy for the center. In addition to celebrating the center’s major milestone, the organization is also preparing for Plainville’s Sesquicentennial (150 year) celebration.
“There are so many organizations that started around the town’s centennial that are gone now,” said Eberhardt. “Many of our members are now in their 80s, but we still offer programming both at the center and at elementary schools. We’ve held onto all of our stuff and we’ve got so much right now that we’re practically bursting.”
The center’s first program this year, titled “This Is Us,” will be held Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. It will feature a multi-media presentation discussing the history of the center.
“Our organization got started at a card table in the library,” said Eberhardt. “Then our founder Ruth Hummel, our late former town historian, was very persistent and got us into this building, which was the former town hall. They were going to demolish it at first and nobody else thought it was worth saving.”
The presentation will also include information about the various rooms in the center, such as the Tunxis Indian room and the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail room.
“Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame: Powerful Voices: Women Changing Democracy” will be held March 20 at 7 p.m.
It will include women who contributed to shaping the town in the past, such as the late Hummel and the late long-time state Rep. Betty Boukus. It will also have current members of the Town Council such as Kathy Pugliese, and past members such as Helen Bergenty, now the chair of the Republican Town Committee and publisher of the Plainville Hometown Connection.
“The Plainville Historic Center keeps a file with some of Betty Boukus’ correspondence over the years, awards she received and personal notes,” said Eberhardt. “It is interesting to see her different points of views on topics - she always looked at the big picture.”
On May 15, Plainville Historic Center member Marty Podskoeh will present a program focusing on the Connecticut Civilian Conservation Camps during the Great Depression.
“Young men, 18 or older, would go to these camps where they would get three meals a day and money to send home to their families. It gave the young men something to do and the families one less mouth to feed. This was before Social Security existed. They would work to clean up beaches, build board walks and other work in our state parks and forests. Not too many people have heard of them before, but anyone who has gone to a state park or forest or trail has seen their handiwork,” said Eberhardt.
Podskoeh along with center member Gertrude LaCombe are also working to create a tour booklet for the town, filled with interesting facts and things to see.
For more information on the Plainville Historic Center, call 860-747-6577.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.