Haddam Historical Society
Thankful Arnold House Museum
June 25, 2019
News and Programs
Furniture Finishes, Past to Present
With Expert Peter Gedrys
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Haddam Community Center, 7 Candlewood Hill Road, Higganum, CT 06441
Free and Open to the Public

" When discussing antique furniture we embrace the term "original finish". This highly prized surface is sought after by dealers and collectors alike. Yet what is an "original finish?"
This talk will discuss the materials and methods of furniture finishing through the ages including:
French Polish
As time allows a few application techniques will be demonstrated.

Peter Gedrys has restored Continental and American furniture for 30 years. He's taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology, written extensively for Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding magazines and has been featured in the Hartford Courant and New York Times. His website may be viewed at: www.petergedrys.com

For further information please call 860-345-2400 or email contact@haddamhistory.org
Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day
The Thankful Arnold House Museum hosted a very successful Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day on Sunday, June 23 at the museum. We had close to 80 people visit and tour the beautiful garden, make a craft and try our special rhubarb lemonade. The house was also open for tours led by docents Sarah Neal and Lisa Malloy. Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who helped out including Amy Roper, Deb Rutter, Dianne McHutchison, Charlene Breen, Laura Schneider, Sarah Neal and Sarah Torff. It was a spectacular day.
A Week in the Life of an Early American Child
Our summer program was held last week and even though it rained three out of the four days, a good time was had by all! We made butter and cornbread, crafted a board game called Nine Men’s Morris and felted hot pad and did 19 th century chores. Vivienne and Bob McGarry of Cold Goats Farm in Haddam Neck visited with chickens and mom goat, Periwinkle and her twin babies, Tax and Refund (born on April 15). Campers learned about animal care, washing fiber, and spinning. The week ended with a open house celebration which included homemade lemonade and a 19 th century dance performance.

Thank you to Sarah Neal for all the work she puts into running the program and Jody Wintsch for assisting this year. Our helpers were Natalie Houlton, Jaimey DiNapoli, Ryder Page, Aliza Cirillo and Alyssa Lecky.
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Please note that the office and museum will be closed the first week of July. Closed July 1 to July 6
From our Friends at the Library