Last Sunday the Mansfield Historical Society celebrated its seasonal museum opening.
As the society's special program guest, local storyteller Carolyn Stearns told riveting stories of historical figures from the Civil War.
Featured at the museum this season include exhibits on the post-Civil War Connecticut Soliders' Orphans' Home; the Civil War, including life on the home front; and the 275th anniversary of the Storrs Congregational Church.
Museum director Ann Galonska researched the little-known Orphans' Home, the property of which later became part of the Storrs Agricultural School (UConn). After exhaustive research, Ann developed an exhibit which narrates the story of the orphan home's rise and fall.
The Storrs Congregational Church is celebrating its 275th year, and Mark Roy and Richard Roberts curated an exhibit highlighting the church's history and stories.
Returning from last year is the historical society's Civil War exhibit, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the war. The exhibit, which has been modified and expanded since last year, focuses on the Mansfield soldiers (researched and prepared by Keith Wilson) and the soldiers' families (researched and prepared by Cathy Wright).
For those who missed the opening, the museum will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30-4:30 p.m., until the end of the summer.
We hope to see you soon!