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Old Lyme Women Oppose Suffrage

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Women in Old Lyme debated the merits of granting women the right to vote. Read more to learn about a Connecticut town’s role in suffrage, anti-suffrage, and the ratification of the nineteenth amendment.

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A “Little Scene” from Miss Florence

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by Carolyn Wakeman  Featured photo, above: Florence Griswold, “Moonlight.” Postcard inscribed to Helen Clark, 1905. LHSA   Editor’s Note: Visitors to the Florence Griswold Museum often wonder if the founder of the Old Lyme Art Colony was herself an artist.     The only known original art work by Florence Griswold (1850-1937), aside from the […]

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Documents: Holiday Greetings

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When local artists exchanged holiday cards, they often sent original etchings or woodblock prints of the surrounding landscape, or lithographic reproductions of their paintings.

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Profiles: Daphne Ely (1891-1981)

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Daphne Ely was a resident of Lyme and active community member, but before settling down in the town where her ancestors had settled, Daphne lived in Hartford and documented her life from 1911-1914 in her scrapbook. She was also an avid collector of newspaper clippings, local advertisements, and invitations to social events, and her scrapbook details four years in the life of a Hartford socialite in the early 20th century.

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Exhibition Note: Old Lyme’s Concert Band

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Carolyn Wakeman Featured Photo: Unidentified artist, A Massachusetts Militia Bandsman, ca. 1840. Fenimore Art Museum, Gift of Patricia B. Selch, in memory of Frederick R. Selch N0013.2009 The riveting portrait of a Massachusetts band member in braided uniform displayed in the “The Art of the Everyman,” the Florence Griswold Museum’s summer 2014 exhibition, reminds us of the […]

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Landmarks: The Disappearance of a Lyme Street House

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Carolyn Wakeman Featured Photo: Joseph Perkins house, ca. 1890, showing apple trees behind. LHSA  The stately Victorian home of General Joseph Griswold Perkins (1837-1913), long a landmark on Lyme Street, has disappeared. So has the vine-draped dwelling of Judge Henry Matson Waite (1787-1869) that once stood on the same site, just north of today’s Cooley Gallery. […]

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