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by Carolyn Wakeman Featured image (above): Cecilia Beaux, Ethel Saltus Ludington, 1903. Oil on canvas. Florence Griswold Museum, Gift of the Ludington…

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by Carolyn Wakeman Featured image (above): James Martin (English, active in America 1794–1820), Judge William Noyes, ca. 1798. Pastel on paper. Florence…

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by Carolyn Wakeman Featured image (above): Ellen Noyes Chadwick, View of Ferry Point, ca. 1860. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert…

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by Courtney Skipton Long, Curatorial Intern Featured image (above): Robert Eshoo (b. 1926), Factory Scene, 1948. Watercolor on paper. New Britain…

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Old Lyme’s artists often chose nocturnal scenes for the original drawings and etchings they sent as holiday cards. See a…

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Midway through Rev. William B. Cary’s leather-bound autograph book, Florence Griswold (1850–1937) and her sisters inscribed their names. They also…

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An extensive collection of letters at the Florence Griswold Museum chronicles the relationship between a successful packet ship captain who…

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What did the inside of a packet ship look like? Follow a reporter inside Captain Robert H. Griswold's ship, Toronto,…

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A simple hand-stitched notebook, its marbled paper cover faded over the centuries, records the religious, educational, and charitable purposes of…

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Women in Old Lyme debated the merits of granting women the right to vote. Read more to learn about a…

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by Carolyn Wakeman  Featured photo, above: Florence Griswold, “Moonlight.” Postcard inscribed to Helen Clark, 1905. LHSA   Editor’s Note: Visitors…

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

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