September 15, 2019 Tea Party in Celebration of Dorothy Venter
On September 15, 2019, a tea was held in celebration of NSCDA-CT Past President Dorothy Venter.
Charbra Adams Jestin, NSCDA-CT President, Judy Rowley, NSCDA-CT Past President, Charles Lyle, Executive Director of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, and several Connecticut Dames were present to thank Dorothy for her immeasurable devotion to the Society.
Photo credit: Gay Ayers
Summer 2019 Outing to The Thankful Arnold House Museum
In June of 2019, Dames from Area 2 and Area 3 visited The Thankful Arnold House Museum in Haddam, Connecticut. The historic house museum was built in three stages between 1794 and 1810, and it serves as an example of what life was like for a Connecticut River Valley housewife of the 1800’s.
The house, “is an important part of Connecticut’s women’s history. A tour shows how the Widow Thankful Arnold lived her life, both as part of a prosperous couple when her husband was alive and as a steady, independent widow.” (New Haven Register, 2012)
Prospective Dame Mary Young joined Dames Nicole Brinley, Judy Babcock, Gay Ayers, Sue Kelley, and Mary Treadway for this interesting visit.
Photo credit: Gay Ayers
The Newport Flower Show – June 2019
May 15, 2019 Annual Meeting & Groundbreaking for the Webb-Deane-
Stevens Museum’s new Education and Visitor Center
Photo credit: Gay Ayers
Video credit: Cindy Riccio
October 17, 2018 Semi-Annual Meeting & Luncheon Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of NSCDA-CT Founding
The Dames celebrated its 125th Anniversary on October 17, 2018 at the Webb Barn, Wethersfield, CT. In typical Dames “fashion”, festive hats were worn while a lovely cake and a Champagne Toast marked the occasion. The educational program was presented by PhD Candidate, Willie Granston, History of Art & Architecture at Boston University. “A Story of Sunshine and Shadow: Elizabeth H. Colt and the Crafting of the Colt Legacy in Hartford” was a delightful, albeit sometimes sobering view of Elizabeth Colt’s marriage and children and her philanthropy in the areas of historical preservation and art. Charles Lyle, Executive Director of the Webb Deane Stevens Museum provided a progress report of the Visitor and Education Center.
Area 2 Group Luncheon
Dames have been busy! The State of Connecticut has various geographic areas and Dames in each area have been meeting to chat about events and activities of interest. This Area 2 group had a very successful luncheon gathering – you can tell because of the smiles!
Newport, Rhode Island Trip on July 26, 2018
On Thursday, July 26, 2018 Dames and Members of The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum enjoyed a thoroughly delightful day in Newport, Rhode Island. The first destination was The Blue Garden, a “secret garden” designed between 1911 and 1913 by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and Harriet Parsons James, the owner of the property. The Garden has been extensively refurbished and is only open twice a month. How lucky we were! Please visit: The Blue Garden, Newport.
The second stop was for luncheon at “Indian Spring”, the summer home of a Dame. This granite and brownstone castle was designed by Richard Morris Hunt in 1890 and the landscaping was originally crafted by Frederick Law Olmsted.
The group proceeded on to Middletown, RI to visit Whitehall Museum House, owned by the National Society of the Colonial Dames in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Whitehall dates to 1729 when it was purchased by Bishop George Berkeley, a renowned Irish philosopher for whom Berkeley College at Yale is named.
Photo credits: Gay Ayers, Gail Faherty
Garden Party, June 6, 2018
The Garden Party held the evening of June 6, 2018 was lovely, particularly because of the Webb Museum Garden. Thank you to Gay Ayers for photos and to the volunteers who make the Garden a stunning addition to the Museum grounds.
Annual Meeting, May 16, 2018
The NSCDA-CT Annual Meeting was held on May 16, 2018 at the Webb Barn in Wethersfield. Charles T. Lyle, Executive Director of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum and Rich Malley, Museum Curator, exhibited the newly conserved paintings of Silas Deane and his second wife, Elizabeth Saltonstall Evards Deane. Thomas J. Loughman, PhD., Director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum presented an historical view of Elizabeth Colt (Dame #1!) and her European art collecting and its influence on the cultural art scene of Hartford.
Tea and Sherry Party, December 11, 2017
The Dames’ Tea and Sherry Party held on December 11, 2017. A festive event with Dames and Staff of the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum.
Semi-Annual Meeting, October 2017 and New Member Orientation, September 29, 2017
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The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
211 Main Street
Wethersfield, CT 06109-2339
Phone: 860-529-0612; Fax: 860-571-8636
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