Museum Opening Reception, Sunday June 27

Events > Museum Opening Reception, Sunday June 27
Our latest exhibit “Those Endangered and Those Saved” will be open for viewing from 1:30PM–4:30PM. Refreshments will be served on the front lawn.
Admission is $5.00/adult; free for children and MHS members

After being closed for the past year, the Mansfield Historical Society Museum will re-open on Sunday, June 27, with an opening reception 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Since last October, the Historical Society has been running a series called “Lost Mansfield” on Facebook that features historic buildings in Mansfield that have been lost. The new exhibit, Those Endangered and Those Saved, focuses on historic preservation. It features photographs of historic buildings in town that are in danger of being lost, such as the deteriorating buildings at the former Mansfield Training School and at Spring Manor Farm. Kathryn Myers, Professor of Painting at the University of Connecticut, has brought her artistic eye to the documentation of these decaying buildings. Her photographs are the centerpiece of the new exhibition. For many years she has been photographing old buildings in Connecticut and other locations for her photographic series Revival, Survival and Ruin.

Dimock Hall, The Mansfield Training School
Dimock Hall, built in 1924, is one of several endangered buildings at the former Mansfield Training School. Photograph by Kathryn Myers.

The exhibit also features examples of once endangered buildings that have been saved, either through restoration or repurposing. Two good examples of successful restoration projects are the Ash house, an 18th century dwelling that originally sat next to Mansfield Supply, and the Claude McDaniels house on Wormwood Hill.  Both were restored by Gregory Cichowski.  There are also several examples of old public buildings that were successfully repurposed.  The Audrey Beck Municipal Center, the Mansfield Public Library and Lenard Hall, the new home for the Community School of the Arts, are all repurposed school buildings.

The two town-owned buildings that the Mansfield Historical Society currently occupies also fall into the endangered category. A section of the exhibit examines the history of the Old Town Hall and the former Town Office Building and some of the condition issues that they face. The Historical Society is currently partnering with the Town in applying for a Historic Restoration Fund Grant from the State Historic Preservation Office.

Following the opening, the Mansfield Historical Society Museum will be open every Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. through the end of September. Masks and social distancing are required. The museum is located at 954 Storrs Road (Route 195), across from the First Baptist Church.

The safety of our volunteers and guests is our top priority. We will be following all the current COVID guidelines. The number of visitors in the building at one time will be limited, the wearing of face masks indoors will be required, and social distancing will be observed. Hand sanitizing stations will also be provided. All food for the reception will be pre-packaged in individual servings. We hope you will join us for a fun and safe event!

As our museum opening approaches, we are again seeking volunteers to host at the museum during the summer. Please consider volunteering and help us extend hospitality to our visitors. We need at least one person each day, with two welcome. Instructions will be provided.

Sign-up as a summer Host/Hostess by entering your name and contact info into into one on the available slots. Membership chair, Pam Roberts, will monitor that master list and fill spots as needed by phone and email. Alternatively, you may call Pam at (860) 428-2406 or email to indicate a date when you would like to host.

Our June 27TH reception is also accepting donations for the purchase of individually sealed snacks that will be served. Please use the button below to make a donation. Simply choose “Event Refreshments” for your donation to be applied accordingly.

Our old store exhibit space is now being transformed into a real museum shop. We are also seeking volunteers to help us craft some merchandise to sell. If you can help, please contact Pam Roberts or Ann Galonska (museum 860-429-6575; Thank you!

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