Activities

Indigenous Artifacts of Suffield

Jason Cromack
2nd Baptist Church and via Zoom

Thousands of years before Major John Pynchon purchased Stoney Brooke Plantation, humans thrived within the borders of present-day Suffield. They left behind arrowheads, knives, axe heads, atlatl darts, and other artifacts for us to find. Learn how to identify specific artifacts, what they were used for, and their approximate age as we talk about the evolution of the tools that were used to help them live. Come and see some artifacts that have been found within Suffield's borders. Join Jason Cromack as he guides us on an archaeological journey from our earliest human history up until the point of first contact with European settlers.

Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 7:00 p.m.

Halloween Candy Give-Away!

King House Museum

Trick-or-Treaters of all ages are welcome to join us on the King House Porch for fun, free candy, and Halloween treats.

Date: Monday, October 31, 2022 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Revelations from the Ledger of an Early American Hartford Cabinetmaker

Christine Ritok and Kevin Ferrigno
Suffield Senior Center and via Zoom

The 2016 discovery of the ledger of Lemuel Adams (1769-1850), a partner in the prominent Hartford cabinetmaking firm Kneeland & Adams (1792-1795), reveals new information about furniture production and business practices in Hartford County in the 1790s. The ledger includes the shop's financial accounts, biographical information, customer lists and shop output. Long-time furniture researcher Kevin G. Ferrigno and Suffield Historical Society curator Christine Ritok will discuss new insights revealed from their research of this fascinating document. Christine and Kevin have presented on Hartford area Federal cabinetmaking at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, Historic Deerfield, The Connecticut Historical Society, and The Webb-Deane Stevens Museum.

Christine Ritok is a newly appointed curator at the Suffield Historical Society. She holds a BA in history and art history from Kalamazoo College, and an MA from the Parsons School of Design/Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Institution in the History of Decorative Arts & Design. Before joining the Historical Society, she was the Associate Curator at Historic Deerfield, the Associate Curator for Sculpture & Decorative Arts at the Museum of the City of New York, held curatorial positions at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts, and was a part-time faculty member of Parsons School of Design. Her research interests include 18th and 19th-century American furniture craftsmanship, ornament, and upholstery, European and American sculpture and decorative arts, and the history of collecting. While at Historic Deerfield, her main project was cataloguing Historic Deerfield's permanent collection of furniture, incorporating recent scholarship and close object study.

Kevin G. Ferrigno is Vice President and General Counsel of DATTCO, Inc., a diversified regional transportation company. Among other affiliations, Kevin is a former Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) trustee and formerly chaired the CHS Collections Steering Committee. Together with former Windsor Historical Society curator Christina K. Vida, he continues a long-term study of Windsor cabinetmaker George Belden, and is working with Christine Ritok on a long-term study of central Connecticut River Valley cabinetmakers who worked during the Federal period, including Aaron Chapin, Aaron Colton, and the Kneeland & Adams shop, all of Hartford. Recent publications include Hartford's Hockey Stick Stands, published in the September 2020 edition of the Maine Antiue Digest.

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 7:00 p.m.

Holidayfest

King House

Foreign and domestic paintings, carvings, inlaid art, furnishings and more! Through a friendship with our new associate curator, Christine Ritok, we will exhibit selections from a private collector in the local region. Please join us to see this extraordinary collection, enjoy holiday treats, and celebrate the season.

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2022 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Genealogy 101: Starting your Family Research

Art Sikes, Jr.
Suffield Senior Center and via Zoom

There are more genealogy resources available online than ever before. How do you determine which are reliable? Which are worth paying for? Join genealogy expert and Society president Art Sikes, Jr. for an introduction to genealogy research: what questions to ask, where to find resources, and how to organize your findings.

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 7:00 p.m.

Oliver Phelps' Slaves

Bill Sullivan's American Studies students from Suffield Academy
Suffield Senior Center and via Zoom

Bill Sullivan's American Studies students from Suffield Academy will share history about the two individuals that Oliver Phelps enslaved when he lived in Suffield's Phelps-Hatheway House and Gardens. Students will update the Society about their Witness Stone installation ceremony for these two individuals as well as more original history about Phelps's impact on the Haudenosaunee, or "people of the longhouse," commonly referred to as Iroquois or Six Nations in New York State's Finger Lakes region where Phelps settled after living in Suffield.

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2023 7:00 p.m.

History and Culture of Polish Immigrants

Sara Zak
Suffield Senior Center and via Zoom

Join Sara Zak and explore the history and culture of Polish immigrants that started coming to the Suffield area in the late 1890s.

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2023 7:00 p.m.

Historical Photographs

Art Sikes, Jr.
Suffield Senior Center and via Zoom

Using the historic photographs of Delphina Clark, Art Sikes, Jr. will explore Suffield history and architecture through its historic windows. Join us to explore innovative and interesting designs as we consider Suffield's windows to the past.

Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2023 7:00 p.m.