Avon Historical Society Gets Grant for Civil War Series

The grant enables the historical society to extend the series.

Credit: Jessie Sawyer
Credit: Jessie Sawyer
Connecticut Humanities has given the Avon Historical Society a $6,444 grant for its Civil War series, according to a press release. 

Thanks to the grant, the historical society has funding to extend its “Avon to Appomattox: Lives and Legacies of the Civil War” series to May 2015 in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  

The historical society has been doing the series since 2011 in collaboration with the Avon Free Public Library. 

In January, the library will hold the following civil war event in the community room. 
  • Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.: The Mystic Seaport roleplayers will perform "Ours is the age of steam," hosted by the Avon Historical Society, according to a press release. 
  • Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. 1 p.m.: Caleb Ensign White, CEO and president of Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. will give a talk on the “Explosive Heritage of Avon” and the "growth and eventual merger of two fuse manufacturing companies in Simsbury and Avon almost 130 years ago," according to a press release. The historical society will sponsor the event.
  • Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, 2 p.m.: Author Allegra di Bonaventura will talk about her book, "Slavery in Connecticut," according to a press release. The Avon library will host the event. 


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