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CT Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home Record Available Online

CT Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home Record Available Online

UCONN’s digitization of the Connecticut Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home daily record book is complete and able to be viewed and read online. This record book is a fascinating look into the daily lifeof the home. The record highlighs the lives of the children, visitors and the daily trials and hardships of managing a state run orphan’s home in the 1800’s.

History of the Home:

The Connecticut General Assembly chartered the “Connecticut Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home” in May 1864. Edwin Whitney of Mansfield, ‘who had nearly completed a fine large building for a boys’ school, offered this building with the farm of fifty acres, all valued at $12,000 or $15,000, as a gift to the Home.’ Edwin Whitney conveyed by deed, title to the property to the Connecticut Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home, September 24, 1866. Mr. Gold was the first, and apparently the only, secretary of the Home during its existence from October, 1866, to May, 1875.

The daily record is a fascinating look at the lives of civil war children and their families during the 1860’s

The Daily Record book can be viewed and read online at the URL below:
CT Soldier’s Orphans Home Daily Record

CT Soldiers' Orphans' Home Record Book
Sample page from the 1866 CT Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home Record Book. This is the first entry in the homes’ record book.
Call for Artifacts from the Sixties

Call for Artifacts from the Sixties

The 1960's

Hello, we are planing our exhibit for June 2017. We have decided to showcase the 1960’s and will fill both buildings with exhibits on this tumultuous decade.

We are so excited about this exhibit and bringing the 60’s back to life. Please help us and check your closets, basements and attics for those long forgotten items that celebrate the decade. If you do find some memorabilia, please provide us with a list of items you would consider lending the Historical Society for our exhibit. We would also welcome any ideas, stories and copies of your photographs. Use our contact form to submit what you may have that would be of interest to the museum. Thanks again for your support.

Do you have any of the following?

  • Clothing
  • Music/Art
  • Political buttons/Posters
  • Lava Lamp
  • Photos
  • Toys (GI Joe, Barbie)
  • Indian prints (bedspreads)
  • Incense
  • Beads
  • Posters
  • Black lights/Posters

Don’t Forget

  • Political/Public figures and events
  • Vietnam
  • Lifestyle: Hippies/Preppy
  • Sports
  • Woodstock
  • Oral History
  • Video Interviews

The Times They Were A Changin’

Keith Wilson
President, MHS
Phone: (860) 429-6575

September 2015 Newsletter

September 2015 Newsletter

The September newsletter includes:

  • President’s Message
  • Annual Dinner and Music Program: Friday September 25, 6:00PM. Music by Rick Spencer. First Church in Christ (Congregational) in Mansfield Center. Reservations required.
  • Silk Program and Lace Making Demonstrations: Saturday October 17, 11:00AM. Buchanan Auditorium at the Mansfield Public Library
  • Accepting a Challenge – Prioritizing Membership Follow-Up
  • Museum News
  • A Major Gift to our Archives: Orra Almira Phelps materials.
  • New Book by Roberta K. Smith
  • In Memoriam, Carl W. Schaefer II

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