Learn more about Stamford’s rich and varied history as the Stamford Historical Society combines its annual gala celebration with a special exhibit opening. On Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 pm, Spotlight: From the Dark Corners of the Attic will be open for view. The gala celebration includes musical entertainment by the Stratford Brass Quartet, hors d’oeuvres prepared by Aux Délices, drinks, a silent auction, with items ranging from yoga lessons and wine to an outing on a historic yacht, and speakers.
Spotlight: From the Dark Corners of the Attic will highlight rare and unusual items new to the Stamford Historical Society collection as well as artifacts that have not seen the light of day for many years. Some of these relics havenever been exhibited to the public. The front gallery will feature photos by retired Stamford photographer Nick Scutti, who visually captured significant people, place and events for the Stamford Advocate. The remainder of the exhibit is divided into two parts covering people, places and things.
The Red Gallery, focusing on individuals and their artifacts, will feature a number of 19th century portraits of significant people. In many cases, the portraits and photos will be linked to collections of objects from Yale and Towne Manufacturing Co., The Stamford Manufacturing Company, Blickensderfer typewriters and other enterprises. This gallery will also spotlight prominent families of Stamford, including the Hoyts, Hollys and Leeds.
The Halliday Gallery will display neighborhoods such as Springdale, Glenbrook, Belltown, and the Cove. Items that were produced in the featured neighborhoods will also be displayed. You will be able to view memorabilia from such businesses as Phillips (Milk of Magnesia), Springdale Ice and Coal, Springdale Dairy and other mom & pop stores.
Nick Scutti, with a deep understanding of Stamford’s history, will be the featured speaker at the event. Dr. Thomas Zoubek, the Stamford Historical Society's Executive Director, will share stories behind items in the exhibit and discuss how Spotlight relates to and reflects the Society's holdings.
Tickets for the gala evening are $85 per person and can be purchased by calling 203-329-1183 before April 19th.