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  • Open House at the Barkhamsted Center School

    On Saturday, September 20, 2008 the Barkhamsted Historical Society held an Open House at the Barkhamsted Center School.  Historical Society member Mike Day was on hand to greet visitors and discuss a typical school day in the early 20th century and before.  Mike had on hand a number of school text books and games used during this period.  Over 30 visitors stopped in to see the building and the displays.

    The Center School was one of 12 schools located in Barkhamsted during the 19th and early 20th century.  In those days the town was split into this many districts, each with a school, so that children could more easily walk to class.  The Center School was moved in 1980 by the Historical Society from its original site on the west side of the Barkhamsted Reservoir.  The building was with a hundred feet of the edge of the reservoir, and had been used as a maintenance building by the MDC until the Historical Society moved it.

    The schoolhouse was built in 1821 as a two story structure.  In 1880, repairs were made and the building was converted into a one story structure.  Most of the first floor was removed at that time.  The current classroom had originally been the second floor.

    Photo above - Historical Society volunteer Mike Day greets visitors to the Open House on September 20, 2008 at the Barkhamsted Center School.

    Photo above- busy "students" at the Open House, Barkhamsted Center School.

    The Barkhamsted Center School- it was a beautiful day on Saturday, September 20, 2008 for the Historical Society's Open House.  Over 30 visitors stopped in to take a look at the building and exhibits.


  • Locally Grown History

    The Barkhamsted Historical Society is proud to be participating in the first annual, "Locally Grown History - It's In Your Backyard" program. The program is designed to promote historical resources as well as agricultural assets located within Litchfield County. The project is being led by Robert Forbes, an assistant professor of history at the UCONN Torrington campus. Forbes has organized a group of educators, directors, curators, and volunteers from many local historic and cultural organizations to collaborate on the event.

    Since Litchfield County is geographically large, the project packages the area’s historical assets (historical societies, museums, historic sites, and traditional artisans) and agricultural resources (vineyards, orchards, farms, farmers markets, and farm stands) into a “trail” so that visitors can easily move from one to another as a day or weekend destination.

    The idea is for participants to travel to the various venues with a "Locally Grown History Hunt Passports" and have the passports stamped after visiting the site. Visit 10 participating sites for a chance to enter a prize drawing. Visit 15 participating sites for a chance to enter the grand prize drawing. Prizes include: Bed and Breakfast getaways, Jewelry, Ski Passes, Fine Local Wines, Memberships to Historical Sites, Dinner for Two, Tickets to the Warner Theater and many more.

    Locally Grown History Maps and Passports are available at Squires Tavern or any of the other participating sites. Stop by to have your passport stamped!

    The program culminates at the UCONN Torrington campus on Sunday, October 19th, 2008 with a forum, "Locally Grown Stories: Context and Connections".  A keynote address will be presented by Carl Nold, President of Historic New England and then move into concurrent forums focused on the following topics:

    • From Hills to Mills: The Power of Geography in Connecticut History
    • Religion's Role and Impact on Connecticut History
    • Immigration in Connecticut
    • Stories Told Through Letters

    Between sessions forum attendees will be able to view table top displays from participating sites. The forum will conclude with a Round-table discussion, "Teaching with Local Treasures: The World In Your Backyard", moderated by Walt Woodward, Connecticut State Historian.

    For more information please see the Locally Grown History Website. Be sure to check the events page for specially scheduled venue events and links.

    Posted Sep 17 2008, 09:15 PM by Richard with 1 comment(s)
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