The Society is regularly featured in local newspapers so we encourage our followers to continue to browse the local press. Even in this whirlwind era of social media there is still a vital role for local newspapers (printed and digital) to help our communities stay connected and informed.
We are grateful for the coverage that helps us to:
• Promote upcoming events and exhibitions
• Follow-up events with in-depth articles and interviews
• Inclusion in their “Calendars” and “Community” sections.
In particular, we are most grateful for the ongoing support of the Hartford Courant
, Valley Press
, Valley Life
, Avon Patch
, and many more.
Here's our latest news:
Avon Historical Society receives a $2,000 Donation!
American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Connecticut’s largest community-focused credit union, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 24th at its new Avon office, located at 427 West Avon Road. As part of the ribbon-cutting festivities, American Eagle announced $2,000 donations to six Avon nonprofit agencies. The Avon Historical Society was one of the recipients! Presenting the big check donation was American Eagle President and Chief Executive Officer Dean Marchessault to Terri Wilson, president of the Society and Mary Harrop, Board Trustee.
Avon Historical Society and Avon Free Public Library honor local organizations for support of “Moments in Avon’s History”
Funded through a grant by CT Humanities
Attending a recent ceremony of appreciation for displaying the “Moments in Avon’s History” banners are (L-R):
Norm Sondheimer, manager of the banner project for the Society; Nora Howard, Town Historian; Glenn Grube, Director, Avon Free Public Library; Jeffrey Hoess-Brooks, General Manager, Avon Old Farms Hotel; Andrius Plankis, owner Dom’s Coffee; Nicholas Chabot, owner The North House; Dr. Bridget Heston Carnemolla, Superintendent of Avon Schools; Brandon Robertson, Town Manager; and Terri Wilson, President, Avon Historical Society. (Click on image to enlarge.)
The Avon Historical Society, in partnership with the Avon Free Public Library, recently honored local businesses and public offices for displaying “Moments in Avon’s History” over the last year. The displays featured 12 colorful and educational portable banners, seven feet in height, each telling a different aspect of Avon’s history, with historic and current photos, covering topics such as early education, agriculture, religion, and transportation. These portable banners were rotated through seven sites in Avon during the past 18 months. They brought history “on the road” to town offices, businesses and schools to pique the interest of the general public about the town’s rich heritage and history.
Businesses who displayed the banners were the Avon Old Farms Hotel, the North House Restaurant, Dom’s Coffee, the Avon Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center and Rushford | Avon. The banners were also rotated through the town offices, the Avon schools, the Avon Congregational Church and the West Avon Congregational Church.
“We are very proud of our local history here in Avon,” reports Town Manager, Brandon Robertson. “By displaying banners from the ‘Moments in Avon History’ project, the Town, and many local businesses, help to bring snapshots of our community’s unique historical narrative directly to residents and visitors in the midst of their daily activities.”
"We strive to cultivate a passion for learning that is connected to real-world experiences: the study of our history provides the ideal basis for this goal,” comments Dr. Bridget Heston Carnemolla, Avon’s Superintendent of Schools. “I am proud of our partnership with the Avon Historical Society and our shared commitment to educating our next generation of civic-minded citizens."
“The banners are a great way to showcase the history of Avon to our guests. They immediately attracted guests’ attention when walking by them,” observed Nicholas Chabot, the owner of Avon’s The North House. “We were very proud to be a part of this project.”
Other organizations displaying banners included the Avon Old Farms Hotel, Dom’s Coffee, Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, and Rushford, part of Hartford HealthCare’s Behavioral Health Network.
The banners creation was funded by the CT Humanities. Exhibits and More of Liverpool, NY, a professional graphic arts firm, donated the design of each banner using specifications from the National Park Service.
Please visit our Banners Page
for more information.
Images from Tablescapes 2019, the Annual Fundraiser held every March, for the Avon Historical Society