Berlin Historical Society slates March, April programs

Published on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:23
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - The Berlin Historical Society will be hosting two events over the next months.

The first event, a “story share” on Berlin icons, is set for March 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Berlin Senior Center.

“The public is invited to celebrate what Berlin is known for and what we do not want forgotten,” a flier announcing the event stated. “Many memorable people, places, events and objects define and contribute to our town’s character. How many do you know?”

Refreshments will be served at the free event, which is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring pictures to be scanned for the museum’s archive.

The Berlin Senior Center is at 33 Colonial Drive. To register, call 860-828-7006.

The next event will be the society’s spring open house on April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. with a talk at 2 p.m. on World War I monuments.

“Changes in cultural and civic ideals since the American Civil War led to extensive public discourse about what memorials should and should not be,” a flier said of America’s efforts to commemorate the first World War. “Government leaders, artists, historians and the monument industry promoted ideas from simple tablets to monoliths rivaling those of Egypt and Rome. Memorials throughout Connecticut exemplify this entire range of monumental styles.”

The talk will feature Richard Franklin Donohue, who has visited and catalogued more than 175 monuments throughout Connecticut, the flyer stated.

He will “share his images of the monuments and explore trends in their design and placement, with special emphasis placed on Berlin and the surrounding images,” the flier stated.

New exhibits on the Berlin Train Station, World War I Armistice, 1918 Fly Pandemic, Berlin Dairy Farms and the Worthington Meeting House project will also be on display.

Call 860-828-5114 to register. Seating will be limited to about 50. The event is free, but donations are appreciated. Refreshments will be served.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, , Berlin on Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:23. Updated: Tuesday, 6 March 2018 21:26.