PLAINVILLE - The Plainville Historic Center has several programs lined up in celebration of its 50th year.
The center’s president, Nancy Eberhardt, said this year and next year are going to be busy for the center. In addition to celebrating its own milestone, it is also preparing for the town’s sesquicentennial (150-year) celebration.
“There are so many organizations that started around the town’s centennial that are gone now,” said Eberhardt. “Many of our members are now in their 80s, but we still offer programming both at the center and at elementary schools. We’ve held onto all of our stuff and we’ve got so much right now that we’re practically bursting.”
The first program this year, titled “This Is Us,” will be held Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. It will feature a multimedia presentation discussing the history of the center.
“Our organization got started at a card table in the library,” said Eberhardt. “Then our founder, Ruth Hummel, our late former town historian, was very persistent and got us into this building, which was the former Town Hall. They were going to demolish it at first and nobody else thought it was worth saving.”
“Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame: Powerful Voices: Women Changing Democracy” will be held March 20 at 7 p.m.
It will include women who contributed to shaping the town in the past, such as the late Hummel and the late longtime state Rep. Betty Boukus. It will also have current members of the Town Council such as Kathy Pugliese, and past members such as Helen Bergenty, who is now the chairwoman of the Republican Town Committee and publisher of the Plainville Hometown Connection.
On May 15, member Marty Podskoeh will present a program focusing on the Connecticut Civilian Conservation Camps during the Great Depression.
“Young men, 18 or older, would go to these camps where they would get three meals a day and money to send home to their families. It gave the young men something to do and the families one less mouth to feed. This was before social security existed. They would work to clean up beaches, build boardwalks and other work in our state parks and forests. Not too many people have heard of them before, but anyone who has gone to a state park or forest or trail has seen their handiwork,” said Eberhardt.
For more information on the Plainville Historic Center, call 860-747-6577.