Summer exhibits at Historical Society

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The Salmon Brook Historical Society is located at 208 Salmon Brook Street. Exhibits this summer include something for everyone. Please visit for more information.

Celebrating Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of the novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Over the course of those 150 years many young girls have read the story of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. For those who remember and loved this story and those just discovering it this summer, it will be on display in the Victorian Parlor along with clothing items and accessories that would have been worn during the years of Alcott’s novel, the mid-1860s through the 1870s. Bring your mothers and daughters and make it a Ladies Day out.

Craft and Tool Display

Before television and smart phones, what did our ancestors do in their spare time? Many women made bookmarks, created paintings, stitched samplers or did crewel work. Some artists decorated china plates or painted on tiny calling cards. A wide variety of items, large and small, will be on display to illustrate the creativity of earlier days. Craft sets, often given as Christmas presents, will also be exhibited.

A collection of early tools, some of which have recently been restored and researched, will also be on display. One of the early wood planes was found to have come from London during the Revolutionary War era.

Remembering Polly Hall,
Granby’s Quilt Lady

In 2007 Polly Hall of Granby donated over 60 quilts from her extraordinary quilt collection to the Salmon Brook Historical Society. This year marks the fifth anniversary of Polly Hall’s death on Nov. 10, 2013. She was 96 years old. Polly was an extremely talented quilt-maker and quilter, as well as a collector with a fine eye. To honor her memory the society will display her original one-of-a-kind Bicentennial Quilt designed and made by Polly Hall in 1976. The quilt is all hand-pieced and quilted.