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Exhibition Note: Lyme Artists and the Changing Landscape at Ferry Point

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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 Krieble, Florence Griswold Museum. Ellen Noyes Chadwick’s (1824-1900) expansive View of Ferry Point, included in the Florence Griswold Museum’s fall 2015 exhibition The Artist in the Connecticut Landscape, offers a unique glimpse of Lyme’s maritime […]

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Exhibition Note: Enduring Scenes from The Artist in the Connecticut Landscape

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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 Museum of American Art, Gift of the Artist, 2005.5 On a recent visit to The Artist in the Connecticut Landscape exhibition, on view in the Florence Griswold Museum’s Robert and Nancy Krieble Gallery through January […]

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Documents: Holiday Greetings

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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 selection of these greetings sending holiday cheer.

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Documents: Sketches in an Autograph Book

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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 contributed finely detailed sketches displaying their varied musical and artistic talents.

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Documents: Griswold Family Letters, Part 1

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An extensive collection of letters at the Florence Griswold Museum chronicles the relationship between a successful packet ship captain who spent months at sea and his often disconsolate wife. Written from 1840 to 1858, the correspondence between Captain Robert Harper Griswold (1806–1882) and Helen Powers Griswold (1820–1899) provides fascinating glimpses of community life in Lyme while tracing the journey of a captivating young “belle” from courtship and marriage through the joys and trials of motherhood. The earliest of Helen’s collected letters, written soon after their engagement, pours out her devotion but also hints at lingering uncertainty.

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Exhibition Note: A Home Upon the Seas

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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, of the Black X Line.

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Documents: Women Reading on Lyme Street

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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 Lyme’s earliest women’s organization. Mid-way through the construction of a new Meetinghouse at the foot of what is now Lyme Street, ten ladies from the town’s prominent families gathered in 1816 to establish a reading group.

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