The Stamford Historical Society has done some spring cleaning. The building has been under renovation since last August, and now the organization is preparing for its grand re-opening with a special new exhibit inspired by the revamp.
“Our exhibit is called ‘Spotlight: From the Dark Corners of the Attic’ and we came up with the title because we were basically tearing this building apart, moving everything around and finding all kinds of objects that we knew were here but we hadn’t seen in a very long time,” says Pamela Coleman, Chair of the Board of Directors for The Stamford Historical Society.
“What we wanted to do was pull a lot of things from the collection that either haven’t been shown before or that we could show in a new kind of way so that people would be able to get an idea of the breadth of the collection and the kind of things that we have here.” Says Thomas Zoubek, Executive Director of The Stamford Historical Society.
Zoubek says there will be hundreds of items on display representing different people, places, and time periods in Stamford.
“We just got in a painting that came out of nowhere, it came from a man in Massachusetts that’s actually the wife of one of the past presidents of the Stamford Manufacturing Company,” says Zoubek. “The Stamford Manufacturing Company burned down in 1919, so to get any material from something that hasn’t even been around since 1919 is terrific.”
“We have, in addition to these new items, some photographs,” says Coleman. “Now Nick Scutti was a photographer in Stamford for many years. He has all kinds of interesting stories to tell, so we’re putting his photos up in our hallway gallery.”
The Historical Society will commence its re-opening and debut the new exhibit with its annual Gala Celebration this month. The event will feature music, food, a silent auction, and guest speakers. Proceeds will benefit the Historical Society.
“We’re really kind of celebrating the idea that the museum is one step closer to being a real quality museum and we’re also hoping eventually to be accredited,” says Zoubek. “There’s something here for everybody and I think really, this is the kind of exhibit where it’s gonna waken a lot of memories of people, especially people who have lived in the community for a long time.”
The re-opening celebration will take place Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 203-329-1183 before April 19. To find out more about the Stamford Historical Society, visit www.stamfordhistory.org