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Documents: Holiday Greetings from Afar

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by Carolyn Wakeman Featured image: Harry Hoffman holiday card, White Family Collection, Lyme Historical Society Archives at the Florence Griswold Museum   Each year Lyme Art Colony painters designed holiday cards to share original works of art with relatives and friends. The cards received by artist Henry C. White (1861-1952) and his family, collected at […]

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Cooking in Old Lyme: A Woman’s Highest Mission

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by Carolyn Wakeman Feature Image: LYME Receipt Book, printed by G. A. Smith Steam Print, Lyme, Conn., 1886. Courtesy Carolyn Wakeman In 1886 a group of Old Lyme neighbors led by Mrs. Rosa Brown Griswold (1849-1907) organized the Neck Road Society to raise funds for community improvement projects. The ladies gathered favorite local recipes and produced […]

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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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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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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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