Suffield Historical Society May Programs

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Opening Day at the King House Museum
Wednesday, May 1, 2024: 1-4 p.m.
Free tour of the house and barn. All are welcome! Open every Wednesday and Saturday until September 28.

Celebration of Local Farms and Craftspeople scheduled for Saturday, May 4.

Hartford Furniture:
Hidden Hands:
Craftsmen in the Workshops of Aaron Chapin and Aaron Colton

Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Second Baptist Church and via Zoom
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Do you know what a hockey stick stand is or a quadrant base? Both are closely associated with furniture production in Hartford County around the turn of the 19th century. Curator Christine Ritok and Kevin G. Ferrigno, will discuss recent research about them, alongside an introduction to furniture production in the area. Ahead of their forthcoming article in American Furniture, recent discoveries will be shared about previously unknown identities of laborers, products, and business practices of two well-known proprietors of successful furniture-making shops in Hartford- Aaron Chapin and Aaron Colton. This study helps us better understand how the two shops, run by first cousins, were able to remain in existence for decades while skilled competitors’ businesses failed.

Photo by Gavin Ashworth
Hockey Stick Stand inscribed “RColton 1806” Rhodolphus Colton, Aaron Chapin Shop, Hartford, Connecticut 1806, Cherry with butternut.”

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