Art and Museum Collections
at the C.H. Booth Library
Dress Display
Come to the Hawley Gallery on the 3rd floor to see some of our clothing collection on display. Here's Kaki prepping a mannequin for being dressed, and a close-up on some details of the dresses.
Community Display:
A Farm "Dump"
There's history right beneath the surface! Before town-run dumps were established, people would take their rubbish to the edge of their
property’s stonewalled border and dump it there. Lily Moreno-Sheridan has been excavating in the Taunton Hill area for awhile, and has some of the treasures unearthed on display in the Art Alcove on the 3rd floor.
Burton Keeler Painting
One of our newest acquistions, this beautiful landscape was given to us by Debora Perlini. This painting is currently hanging near the Circulation/Lending Desk on the 2nd floor, near to other nature artworks of his on display over the new books area.
New Quilt (Double meaning)
Regulars to the library know where this is! We have a place to hang quilts on the 3rd floor, on the ramp leading up to the Reference desk. The donor said it was from a local fundraising raffle a few decades ago. It was a pleasant surprise to receive in the mail recently!
Old & New: Hitchcock Chairs
We have many Hitchcock chairs, and the exciting thing (well, to us) is that they are some of the oldest and the newest items in our collection, once again in both senses of the words "old" and "new". The dark chair is part of over a dozen that were inherited by the C.H. Booth library via our predecessor organization, the Newtown Library Association, and through the Mary Hawley Estate. The green chair is one of a set of 4 made for the USA Bicentennial and given to us just this year by former trustee Christopher J. Spiro. Here's a great short article on the Hitchcock Chair Company from
Spotlight on: Stella Bloch
We have a significant collection of the works of Stella Bloch. The Mattatuck Museum has a great short bio of her. Currently 2 of her works are on display in the Antiques & Collectibles Room on the 3rd floor: the painting Green Skirt, and a collage work, Couple on Bench. Stella Bloch began creating collage in the early 1950’s when she and her husband Edward Eliscu came to their home in Newtown on Brushy Hill Road.
Thinking of donating items with a local connection to the C.H. Booth Library? Check out our Museum Collection Development Policy for more information or email the Reference Department.