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2012 colonial daysBringing the Past to Life. Mary Brown, Governor of the Connecticut Society of Mayflower Descendants, dressed in colonial era clothing, recently delivered a presentation entitled “The Pilgrims and their Legacy”, sponsored by the Hebron Historical Society.On Thursday, September 27th, a crowd of 50 people gathered at Hebron's Old Town Hall to hear a lively presentation from Mary Brown, Governor of the Connecticut Society of Mayflower Descendants. The educational program was hosted by The Hebron Historical Society.

Among the attendees were nearly two dozen Connecticut residents who can trace their roots to the original group of English pilgrims who had settled at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. Ms. Brown noted that approximately 10 million Americans today are direct descendants of the 51 pilgrims who survived the first difficult winter on Cape Cod.

During the presentation, Ms. Brown entertained and informed the audience with stories drawn from a lifetime of experience researching and teaching about the Mayflower story. With a warm sense of humor, she outlined what daily life was like for the early New England settlers and showed how the fledgling Plymouth Plantation sent a small delegation to Windsor, Connecticut, to establish a fur trading post.

Ms. Brown's presentation was followed by a question and answer session and refreshments. The Hebron Historical Society's next educational program will be a talk and photo presentation on "Farming in Eastern Connecticut, 1890-1940 by Bruce Clouette on October 25, 2012.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 27. Hebron Historical Society will be holding their first meeting of the fall at Old Town Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m.

MayflowerMary Brown, currently Governor of the Connecticut Society of Mayflower Descendants, will be speaking. Her topic will be "Pilgrims and Their Legacy." She will give attendees a view of their journey and the establishment of their colony in Plymouth, MA.

The group of 102 passengers who crowded aboard Mayflower for the crossing was not homogenous. Many of the passengers were members of the Leiden, England congregation, but they were joined by a number of other English families or individuals hoping to better their life situations or to seek financial gain. These two general groups have sometimes been referred to as the "saints" and "strangers." A replica of the Mayflower can be visited today in Plymouth, MA.

Today there are tens-of-millions of individuals descended from these brave souls, including six U.S. presidents, one astronaut, and even Marilyn Monroe! The Mayflower Society seeks to preserve our heritage. It is the goal of that organization to join together people who share this heritage and to carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors.

Mary will include Connecticut's role in the Plymouth Colony in her talk.

Mary is a retired educator and has a keen interest in genealogy. She belongs to several hereditary societies and works on the education or scholarship committees of many of them. Mary founded the National Society of Descendants of Textile Workers of America, Inc. which was established to promote the history of the American Industrial Revolution, preserve the contributions of its patriots (i.e., textile workers) and provide scholarships to vocational school students.

Old Town Hall is located just east of the intersection of Routes 85 and 66. The public is cordially invited to attend. Overflow parking is available across the street behind Century 21. Light refreshments will be served; donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information, please call Program Chair Louise Casarella at 860-643-9288.

Hebron Historical Society is pleased to announce that Connie Satton will be presenting her original research on Connecticut troops who engaged rebel troops for three days at the fierce and bloody Battle at Gettysburg.

On July 1, 1863, the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry Regiment faced screaming Georgian infantry on a knoll outside the southern Pennsylvania town. On July 2, the tiny 27th Connecticut lost about half its number in a field of wheat; and on July 3, the 14th Connecticut and 2nd Connecticut Light Battery took part in the great slaughter that ended General George E. Pickett's charge and General Robert E. Lee's hopes of a tide-turning Confederate victory.

Years ago, Satton said she was standing on Little Round Top, one of Gettysburg's best-known sites, "and I guess I got bit by the Civil War bug." For the past 17 years, the retired Rockville General Hospital employee has attended lectures, field tours and numerous programs on Civil War history that focuses on Gettysburg.

ct 17th regiment editedMembers of Connecticut’s 17th Regiment met the challenge of the rebel troops during the Battle of Barlow’s Knoll.Members of Connecticut’s 17th Regiment met the challenge of the rebel troops during the Battle of Barlow’s Knoll.

Satton's presentation includes Civil War music and modern photographs of the battlefield sites where Connecticut troops fought. Past President of the Vernon Historical Society, she has also attended the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College for the past 20 years. “I’ve walked the battlefield many times, and all slides that will be shown at the meeting were taken by me,” she said.

Those include:

* Barlow's Knoll, where Lt. Col. Douglas Fowler, commanding the 17th Connecticut, ordered his men to charge the enemy.

* Wheatfield, where the tiny 27th Connecticut engaged in a fight of incredible savagery on July 2. The regiment, decimated by the capture of several companies at Chancellorsville, went into the fight with 75 soldiers but emerged with only 37.

*Cemetery Ridge, where Connecticut infantry and artillery were among Union troops who met approximately 12,000 Confederate infantrymen marching towards them in the battle's culminating bloodbath, Pickett's Charge. Facing its first big fight, the Connecticut Light, 2nd Battery, led by Captain John W. Sterling, pitched their shot at the advancing rebels from four rifled cannon.

picketts charge_1_editedConnecticut troops suffered large loses at Pickett’s charge. Connie Satton will present her original research on the importance of our state’s troops during the Civil War at Hebron Historical Society’s May 24 meeting.

Satton quoted St. Clair Mulholland of Pennsylvania regarding the role of Connecticut troops at Pickett’s Charge. "Sterling's men made superb firing, their shells bursting in the faces of the advancing host. One of the lieutenants of the battery, a very tall long legged fellow, could not restrain his delight at seeing the excellent work that his battery was doing, and when he would see a good shot and his shells bursting right in the ranks of the Confederates, the arms and legs flying, he would leap up, crack his heels together, and give a great scream of joy. Never was there such a moment of joy and happiness in the ranks of command."

Sterling survived the war, passing away in 1881. He is buried at the famous Mountain Grove Cemetery and Mausoleum in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The slide show and lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24 at Old Town Hall, 24 Main Street. Old Town Hall is located just east of the intersection of Routes 85 and 66. The public is cordially invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served; donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information, call Program Chair Louise Casarella at 860-643-9288.

mike kachubaHebron Historical Society is pleased to announce that Mike Kachuba, former Connecticut State Troubadour, is appearing at their regular meeting on Thursday, April 26. The event will be held at Hebron's Old Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.

Kachuba will present a lively and entertaining collection of songs and stories of Connecticut's past heroes and events.

This family-friendly event will feature Kachuba performing on guitar, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, English concertina and even more!

Mike Kachuba is a songwriter, musician, and arts educator who brings music to audiences of all ages through performances and workshops. He is currently on the roster of performers for Young Audiences of Connecticut and a Master Teaching Artist for the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Students from pre-school to college have experienced Mike in either performances or residencies in the school. His programs are linked to curriculum and to State of Connecticut education standards, especially in the areas of writing, math, social studies and music.

Mike is also an artist in residence at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, bringing song-writing and music to children in the hospital setting. He has extensive experience singing for those in convalescent hospitals and assisted living facilities as well.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 26 and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience with Mike Kachuba. Light refreshments will be served; donations to support the Society's educational programs are gratefully accepted. For more information, please contact Program Chair Louise Casarella at 860-643-9288.

 

Where were YOU during World War II?  Were you living in Hebron or Columbia?  Do you remember the Civilian Aircraft Observation Posts “manned” by residents between 1941–1943,  the second one having been located just over the Hebron/Columbia town line on top of Post Hill?   Have you noticed the little white building new to the Hebron Town Office Building complex?  That’s the old Observation Post, and it will have its lookout tower back soon.

In conjunction with the Observation Post restoration, the Hebron Historic Properties Commission wants to gather information about both Hebron and Columbia and their war preparedness involvement.    Did you volunteer as an aircraft observer?  Were you a student collecting scrap metal for recycling?  Did you sew bandages for the Red Cross for use overseas?  Do you remember the blackout drills?  Did you buy war bonds?  How did your family deal with ration stamps?  Whatever you did for the hometown war effort, we want to hear about it.

Carla Pomprowicz, Hebron’s Town Clerk, has offered to act as moderator for  “Remembering World War II in Columbia & Hebron.” which will be videotaped. The event will be held in the Community Room of the Douglas Library, on Friday, February 10th 2012 at 2:00 PM.  Join us and share your memories so that this portion of our local history will be preserved.

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