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donations will go for the long-term preservation of the
Twitchell-Rowland Homestead and future non-recurring expenses. Funds
will be managed by the Connecticut Community Foundation.
Oxford Historical Society is participating in Give Local as part of our
fund-raising and membership drive. We encourage local residents to plan
to support our programs, in whatever way is best suited for you.
course, we welcome your tax-deductible donations, either online at the
link on the left, or by check sent to Oxford Historical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 582, Oxford, CT 06478
We also value those who take
out an annual membership. Membership for 2018 is now being
accepted. (A membership form is found at http://www.oxford-historical-society.org/Membership-form.pdf
also use sales of local history books and maps to support our programs.
We have just published a new book, Early Buildings of Oxford Past and
Present, which will be available mid-December for $25. To receive
notice of when and where the book will be available for purchase, send
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Oxford Historical Society is thankful for all that we have experienced
in 2017 and look forward to being an important and vibrant part of our
community in the coming year. We invite you to join us with whatever
level of support is best suited for you.
Oxford Historical Society
Third Annual Fiber Festival
your calendar for April 14 and 15 when the Society will hold their
third annual Fiber Festival. Admission to the event held at the
Twitchell-Rowland Homestead is free and open to the public from ten to
four on Saturday and noon to four on Sunday.
Look for live
sheep, goats, alpacas and rabbits. The event will include a
demonstration of sheep shearing by Ron East on Saturday and goat
shearing on Sunday.
Featuring new work on the Jensen Farm Barn
loom which dates back to the 1700’s, the event marks another milestone
in the Society’s efforts to preserve Oxford’s historic rural character
and to promote interest in our organization through hands-on
participation in traditional crafts.
are seeking community participants as craftsmen and demonstrators. We
need folks to share and show all phases of wool and fleece preparation,
plus other fiber arts. We would like to offer demonstrations and
instruction on the use of drop spindles. We also need volunteer
spinners, weavers, felters, tape loom weavers, etc. to show their
crafts at the event. There will be no charge to exhibitors who
participate, and demonstrators may offer their hand-made fiber crafts
for sale, including woven, knitted, crocheted and felted items, etc.
may bring their own pop up tent in which to demonstrate their craft and
sell their hand-made creations. There will be limited indoor space for
demonstrations. In order to be sure that there is enough space
available, registration for crafters will be accepted in the order
received. If you are interested, or have a suggestion of someone to
invite, please contact email@example.com for a
registration form. (Phone 203-910-4574)
The festival will be
held at the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead, 60 Towner Lane, Oxford, on
April 14 and 15. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon
to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
April 24 and 25
Oxford Historical Society will again participate in the Give Local
Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills online giving program from 7
a.m. Tuesday, April 24, to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.
event, sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation, seeks to
inspire people to support local non-profits during a 36-hour online
Oxford residents are asked to consider donating
through the 36-hour campaign via
proceeds for preservation work at the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead, the
Historical Society has upgraded windows, repaired siding, installed a
kitchenette and invested in other elements of the 1740 house.
Additionally OHS has used funds for presenting programs both in the
public schools, at the society museum, and at community facilities.
Speakers on historic figures, the Stevenson Dam, the 2017 Adeline Gray
Parachute Event are only a few of the creative presentations shared
with the community.
Those seeking additional information may visit www.givelocalcf.org.
HISTORIC BUILDING TOUR IN MAY:
a look inside historic Oxford when the Oxford Historical Society holds
a Historic Building Tour on May 5 with a rain date of 19. The Society
is currently working on booking homes for the tour.
Among those already confirmed for the tour are the following:
Oxford Congregational Church, Oxford's first church, built in 1798.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, featuring stained glass windows added in 1888 to the church which was built in 1835.
Washband Tavern, Oxford's only site on the Freedom Trail in honor of its role in the Underground Railroad, built in 1714.
Oxfordshire, stately home of S. B. Church, built in 1736 and expanded in 1925.
Christ Church, Quaker Farms, built in the style of famed architect Christopher Wren, built in 1812.
for admission to all the buildings in the tour will be $15 purchased in
advance. ($20 on the day of the tour; OHS members $10).
EXHIBIT AT HOMESTEAD:
part of the Third Annual Fiber Festival, the Twitchell-Rowland
Homestead Museum is hosting the display “The Fibers and Fabrics of
Oxford.” While we may not think much about the clothing we wear or the
furnishings in our homes, early residents of our town literally knew
every thread of their shirts or curtains, having raised the plants and
animals that provided them, prepared the raw materials for making into
cloth and then weaving the flax or wool into the final product.
Drawing on our collection, we invite visitors to enjoy a hand woven
linen and wool bedspread, a very early small quilt, crazy quilt pieces
beautifully embroidered by members of the Lounsbury family, a linen
bridal gown from 1900 and a handmade linen sheet belonging to Silas
Hawkins (1756 - 1844). Also on display will be clothing and
house furnishings owned and used by Elizabeth Bronson Rowland who lived
in the Homestead for many years. The display will continue from
April 14 to July 22.