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2019 Membership Meetings:

The World War One Memorials of Connecticut 

March 26, 2019               7:30 pm 
Presenter: Richard Franklin Donohue 

Meeting Location:  First Church Congregational  
2183 Main Street, Glastonbury 
Parking is in the rear of the Church. Come in the bottom rear door or the side door facing the driveway 


As the First World War ended, American communities hurried to memorialize the great efforts of their sons and daughters. Changes in cultural and civic ideals since the American Civil War led to extensive public discourse about what memorials should and should not be. Government leaders, artists, historians, and the monument industry itself promoted ideas from simple tablets to monoliths rivaling those of Egypt and Rome. Memorials throughout Connecticut exemplify this entire range of monumental styles.  

In Glastonbury, this process began in 1923 when the townspeople began raising funds to have a monument erected "to perpetuate the memory" of "their sons and daughters who served their country." A few months later, a beautiful tablet on a boulder was dedicated on Memorial Day with a ceremony of speeches, music, and the placing of special flowers.  

Having visited and cataloged more than 225 monuments throughout the 169 towns in Connecticut, Richard Franklin Donohue will display images of the monuments and share stories of their design, placement, and the people memorialized on them. The Glastonbury Memorial and those of the surrounding towns will be featured along with images of several of Glastonbury's World War veterans. 

Richard Franklin Donohue is the Town Historian of his hometown of Cromwell, Connecticut. His original research has formed the basis of museum exhibits, travelling lectures, and living history programs on topics ranging from 18th-century slavery to Civil War-era subscription balls to early 20th-century marine engines. As President and Program Director of the Cromwell Historical Society for nearly fifteen years and a teacher in both public and private schools for twenty-five, he strives to enhance his town’s interest and participation in local and national history. In addition to his work with history, Richard is a tenor soloist specializing in Middle English Carols, Bach arias, and German Lieder and is the director of the 1876 Singing Society at Mystic Seaport.  



Tuesday, May 28, 2019 
7:30 pm 
Presenter : Steve Bielitz 

More Details Available Shortly





Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 
7:30 pm 
Presenter : Brian Jones

Dr. Jones will be speaking about the current findings and interpretations regarding the Hollister Dig of the 17th C. South Glastonbury historical site


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