60 Towner Lane, Oxford
Oxford Historical Society's
Center & Museum
Oxford Artists: Past and Present
The Oxford Historical Society is featuring a display of art by Oxford
residents during January. Oxford has been home to many artists.
Some like Philip
Evergood and Alfred Cheney Johnston claim fame on Wikipedia. Others,
by the beauty of this rural community where they lived, bravely found
to set down what they saw and felt on paper, cloth, wood, clay or
sometimes with little or no training. This display is an effort to show
work of a variety of craftsmen and women from our town spanning much of
20th Century and reaching into the 21st Century.
The Society thanks Louise Burr, Cindy Joy, Robert and Joan
Belinsky, Marilyn Stebar, Scott Hudkins, Peter and Dorie Petrochko, Mary Jane
Ives, Don Joy, Barbara Getsinger, Dorothy DeBisschop and Nancy Farnum, who
arranged the display.
The display will be on exhibit the first and third Sundays of January, February and March, from 2 to 4 p.m.
by Mary Jane Ives
Needlework by Tinker
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Adeline Gray, Oxford's famous parachutist makes history. See her story here
"Oxford History Remembered"
New Book Available
Society's newest book, Oxford History Remembered, is now available. The book includes tales from
Oxford's early history, the contributions of Oxford residents in times
of war, as well as more recent stories, such as the establishment of
the Oxford Land Trust. The book includes a history of the 6-year
effort of the Oxford Historical Society to preserve the Homestead.
Area History Links:
(search the 1798 Oxford CT Tax roll.)
Harriet's QuiltAn Oxford signature quilt from before the Civil War.See information on the quilt and on the people who made and signed it:HERE |
The Oxford Historical Society will present an illustrated
lecture by Charles Rippel on the life of Abraham Lincoln on Sunday, February 7,
at 2 p.m. This event will be held at the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead Museum at
60 Towner Lane in Oxford. Admission is
free and refreshments will be served.
The talk will focus on Lincoln as a whole person, covering
his early family life, the five women in
his background, his years as a lawyer, his married life and his children, his
presidency and his role as Commander in Chief during the Civil War. Clippings and photographs will highlight the
event. A question and answer session will follow. In addition, a collection of Lincoln
memorabilia loaned by a Historical Society member will be on display.
Mr. Rippel’s interest in all aspects of the Civil War
started as a 10 year old in a Bronx classroom during World War II. An assignment to bring in newspaper clippings
about the overseas fighting heightened his awareness that this was a war to
preserve the American way of life. The
following year his class began learning about the Civil War where the North fought
the South and the conflict destroyed both men and property in our own
country. The contrast between the two
events fascinated him and he began to learn all he could about The War Between
This interest has continued through Mr. Rippel’s life as he
worked as a stone mason and in manufacturing recreational products. Now a Heritage Village resident, he is a
charter member of the Civil War Round Table in Shelton and gives frequent
lectures in the Naugatuck Valley area.
For further information contact Nancy Farnum at 203
Can you guess the purpose of this mystery item?
Found by a stone wall on an Oxford farm.
This is an early Hot water Bottle, from back
in the day when they were actually bottles.
Loom Restoration and Warping Continues
Christine Wilkinson and Jan
Galloway work on the Society's barn loom, preparing the warp that will
be used for weaving on the colonial-era machine.
Alfred Harger Photo Collection,
1930's and 40's now online
First and Third Sundays of each month
2 - 4 p.m.
Photos of Lake Zoar, Zoar Bridge, Zoar Village and Stevenson Station added from 2012 Peach Festival
PHOTO COLLECTION The Society continues to make appointments to meet with individuals at the Library to scan their photos of old time Oxford. while they
wait. If you have photos to share, please call Dottie DeBisschop
203-910-4574 to schedule an appointment.
Oxford Center School Photos
The Oxford Historical Society has received many class
photographs from Oxford Center School. The photographs are being
scanned and filed for preservation in our archives.
are asked to help identify the students and teachers in the
photographs. You may see our growing collection here:
Download a free Kindle copy of the book "Chauncey Judd,
Story of burglary and kidnapping during the American Revolution, with parts of the story taking place in Oxford.
or a Boy Stolen,"
by Israel P. Warren.
To download, RIGHT CLICK HERE and choose SAVE AS. The
exhibit can be seen during museum open hours from 2-4 p.m. on the first
and third Sundays of each month or by appointment. For further
information call 203 888-0230.