SOUTHINGTON - Several influential members of the community stopped by the Southington Historical Society Wednesday night to admire display cases and learn about Digitization Day.
Guests including members of the Town Council and Board of Education and representatives of the Southingon Library and Barnes Museum browsed the museum’s collection of artifacts while enjoying refreshments.
Some cases held uniforms and gear from both World Wars others displayed antique household items. Historical society staff were on hand to answer questions.
“Southington is very lucky to have a group taking care of all of our artifacts and keeping this building open to the public,” said Town Manager Mark Sciota. “It is important to know that there items are safe with people who love them.”
Town Councilor Chris Poulos serves as a liaison to the council from the society.
“Ever since I was elected, the Board of Directors here has done an excellent job in expanding programming for the public,” said Poulos. “They are making a concerted effort to get the public to see and appreciate their collection.”
Sue Smayda, director of the Barnes Museum and Southington Library, admired a case full of gloves, hats and needlework.
“This is very nice,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to see more women’s stuff on display. I love the little purses.”
Marie Secondo, curator of the Barnes Museum, said she was “very impressed” with the work that had gone into making the Southington Historical Society Building more accessible to the public and better able to display its collection.
“The Barnes Museum finally has competition,” she joked. “These are two places that those with an interest in history should definitely come visit.”
The Southington Historical Society will hold its Digitization Day on May 19 at American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 at 64 Main St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. People are encouraged to bring photos, letters, uniforms and other items related to World War I to the Legion at that time to have their images preserved in the Connecticut Digital Archive.
“This event is being organized by the Connecticut State Library,” said Walter Grover, the society’s treasurer and program director. “They will put everything onto their website so that people can freely access it. Digitization is occurring regionally throughout the state and we will be accepting items from anyone in the Central Connecticut area; Southington, Bristol, Plainville, etc. The only rule is that they must be a Connecticut resident. It is fine if people want to bring uniforms belonging to a relative from France or another country.”
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