SOUTHINGTON - The Southington Historical Society will be open on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. this winter.
Lisa Jansson, president of the society said, visitors will be able to meet with board member and appraiser Carl Hotkowski.
“He will be able to provide free, informal appraisals for items that you are curious about,” said Jansson.
Hotkowski is the owner of CT Antique Appraisals and Estate Services. He lends his services to the Barnes Museum’s annual Antiques Appraisal Night.
“I’ve been doing appraisals for the last 30 years,” said Hotkowski. “This is the first time I’ll be offering my services on a regular basis at the museum. It was one of the ways we came up with to help generate some interest in the Southington Historical Society.”
The Southington Historical Society is an all-volunteer, membership based nonprofit organization. In addition to maintaining the historical society, they also have stewardship over two historic schoolhouses in town - the South End Schoolhouse and West Street Schoolhouse.
Their mission, as stated on their website, is to “inspire and empower people in order to make the past legacies of Southington and the surrounding areas of Plantsville, Marion and Milldale, a meaningful and remembered part of their contemporary lives.”
The museum was established to aid school, college students and scholars seeking information for their research projects, and residents and visitors eager to learn the town’s history.
Additionally, the Southington Historical Society exists to collect and preserve artifacts, objects, publications, photographs and other documentary materials. They then present these materials and other information about the history of the community through exhibits, educational programs and publications.
They also maintain a research library of past and current literature related to the history of the community and encourage the preservation of the town’s heritage.
The Southington Historical Society is free to enter, but donations are always welcome.
For more information, call 860-621-4811 or visit southingtonhistory.org. The Historical Society and Museum is located at 239 Main St.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.