WWI Connecticut Doughboys In France

Alan Crane
Suffield Senior Center

Alan Crane will explore the story of the 102nd regiment from its birth at the Yale Bowl to its baptism at Seicheprey, triumph at St. Mihel, and its ultimate return to the Nutmeg State. This is a Kent Memorial Library program which will be held at the Suffield Senior Center. Alan Crane is a WWI historian and researcher with a special interest in the contributions of Connecticut's men and women to the war effort. He is the President of the 26th Yankee Division WWI Living History Group, a historical re-enactment group dedicated to bringing to life the experiences of the foot soldier in the First World War. Mr. Crane is an avid collector of WWI artifacts and has a BA in History from Eastern Connecticut State University. This event is free and open to the public. Please register at the Kent Memorial Library website or call 860-668-3896.

Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017 2:00 p.m.

John Pynchon and the Stoney Brook Plantation

Ed Chase
Suffield Senior Center

After many years of research, our Historical Society President Ed Chase has put together this program which discusses the patriarch of our own community. John Pynchon was the man with the vision, the organization and the fortitude to create the community we now call Suffield. He and his early followers endured hardships and total destruction during King Philip's War, but he perservered! Enjoy an evening as Ed brings Pynchon's plans, adventures, setbacks and final success to life.

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Laurie Tavino & Jamie Drenzek

Remembering World War I

Suffield Senior Center

In partnership with the Kent Memorial Library and Connecticut State Library, our Society invites you to share your photographs, documents and other memorabilia from WWI in a state-wide project. Please bring your treasured items to this session, where they will be scanned and photographed as you watch. Your originals will be returned to you unharmed. The digital files will be archived and made available online. Join us with your artifacts, and help us tell the story of those who fought and the daily life on the home front.

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


King House

Our annual public event anticipating the holiday season will include the traditional fire in the great kitchen fireplace, goodies and punch, Christmas decorations and tree, plus this year's exhibit: "Vintage Parlor Games"

Let's give the the young people an idea of what games we played for social interaction before Gameboy, selfies, and computers.

We trust generous lenders will help make this an enjoyable and happily memorable show.

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Ice Cutting

Dennis Picard & Crew
Noble & Cooley Mill Pond, Granville, Mass.

Co-sponsored with the Suffield Land Conservancy and the Noble & Cooley Museum. Learn how to handle the antique tools to cut ice. Dress warm and wear grips on your boots if you want to cut ice. The Noble & Cooley Museum will be open. Dependent on weather conditions.

Storm date for the harvest is February 4.

Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Workshop: Researching Old Suffield Homes

Suffield Senior Center

Interested in finding out more about an old Suffield home? Join us. We will explain the resources available, review work that has been done dating old homes, and look into the methodology for finding additional information about homes and the people who lived in them.

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Show & Tell Night

Suffield Senior Center

Anyone can sign up for a five-to-ten minute presentation on any aspect of local history. Contact Ed Chase by March 20th to sign up.

Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Nancy Smith & Kerry White

Suffield's WWI Home Front

Bill Sullivan's Suffield Academy American Studies Students
Suffield Senior Center

How can we imagine daily life in Suffield during WWI? The state-wide commemorative process for the 100th anniversary of WWI provides Bill's American Studies class an opportunity to investigate Suffield's wartime home front and network with other Connecticut historians to discover the best historical methods to uncover more original history. Come and learn from this multi-media presentation about life in Suffield one hundred years ago and appreciate how this global event propelled our community into the modern era.

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Jacquie Wadsworth & Carolyn Samplatsky

1818 Connecticut State Convention

Dr. Walt Woodward, State Historian
Suffield Senior Center

Angry, war weary, and talking about seceding from the Union! No these aren't headlines from today's newspapers, it is the early 1800s in Connecticut. Come listen to our State Historian tell the tale of the treasonous times, the political spin, and the Convention of 1818 that changed Connecticut's Standing Order.

Date: May 2018 date to be announced 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Anne Borg & Judy Quinn

Suffield's Past in Photographs

Anne Borg & Lester Smith
Suffield Senior Center

Continuing this year's theme of the 100th anniversary of our participation in WWI, a selection from this time period will be included. The photographs will be selected by Curator Lester Smith and Trustee Anne Borg from the Society's Hawley Rising collection plus what we may be able to add from the upcoming November and April programs described earlier. See what Suffield was in days past with a contemporary historical perspective.

Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Florence, Nancy & Cathy Noble

Field Trip

Bob Stewart has some local sites in store for us to visit this year. We will be touring "behind the scenes" at the State House in Hartford with our Representative Tami Zawistowski. Plans are developing to continue our Capitol adventure with guided tours at Coltsville and its Good Shepherd Church and Parish House, the State Library, and the Polish National Home.

Date: Friday, June 8, 2018

Ice Cream Social

King House Lawn

Bring friends and family to an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social. Pack a picnic, bring lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of neighborly visiting. Ice cream and entertainment provided by SHS.

Rain date: Thursday, July 12

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.