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are responsible for preserving all that has come to us from those who
have come before us. We are equally responsible to those who will come
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60 Towner Lane, Oxford, CT 096478
What a difference we have made in the past ten years!
August 2006 to Today!
Oxford Historical Society has announced the establishment of a special
Donor-Advised Fund to support the preservation of the Society's museum.
The Twitchell-Rowland Homestead was built in the 1750's by Joseph
Twitchell on Christian Street. Faced with demolition in 2006, the
Society successfully moved the building to donated land on Towner Lane
for permanent preservation.
Intensive fund-raising and volunteer
work enabled the Society to open the building as a history education
center and museum in 2012. The Society now seeks to assure that the
building will be cared for and maintained as a public resource for
generations to come. To fulfill that goal, the Society chose the
Connecticut Community Foundation to oversee designated funds that will
be available for the major non-recurring expenses the Society will face
in the future.
The Connecticut Community Foundation provides
professional management of the Society's financial assets. Individual
donations, legacies and bequests can all be designated for the fund.
The Society has established the fund with more than $2,000 with gifts
raised through the GreatGive and GiveLocal online donation drives and
the 2015 and 2016 Annual Peach Festivals.
The fund will be
invested to provide money for non-recurring expenses at the Homestead,
especially the large capital expenses that come with long-term
maintenance. Management by the Connecticut Community Foundation
will insure that these assets are available when the Society needs them.
the fund grows, it will help support the Society when major repairs or
upgrades, such as a new heating system, roof repair or replacement, or
new siding, are needed. In addition, we have long dreamed of a barn to
provide additional display and storage space. Applying the fund to
these projects will insure the Society's ability to preserve the rural
atmosphere of Oxford's history and heritage.
The Society will be
participating in a Giving Tuesday donation program on November 29, as
part of our kick-off to building up our donor advised fund to meet
future needs. For those who like to donate online, future emails will
give details and the link for donations on Nov 29th. In
addition, donation checks marked “Preservation Fund,” can be mailed to
the Oxford Historical Society, PO Box 582, Oxford, Connecticut anytime
during November or December. Those seeking additional information may
call Dorothy DeBisschop at 203-888-4159 or visit www.oxford-historical-society.org <http://www.oxford-historical-society.org>.
together, we can plan for and assure that the long-term needs of this
valuable piece of Oxford’s rural heritage can be preserved for the
enjoyment of future generations.Thanks in advance for any support you
can provide for this effort.
Sincerely, the Oxford Historical Society Executive Board
Planning for 2017!
Society will hold its annual meeting and election of 2017 officers on
Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m. at the Homestead. All officers and
executive board memberships are scheduled for election. The
executive committee will present a slate of officers and nominations
from the floor are also encouraged.
The coming 2017 year promises to be filled with interesting and active programs, exhibits and events.
among these will be a program on the Stevenson Dam, which began
construction 100 years ago in June 1917 and opened in 1919. John Babina
will return with his fascinating program of slides and history of the
construction of the dam, changing forever the Stevenson area of Oxford,
Newtown, Monroe and Southbury. The program is scheduled for Jan 15 at 2
p.m. at the Riverside Fire station. A snow date of Feb 12 is reserved
in case of bad weather.
The Second Annual Fiber Fest will be
held April 22 and 23. Featured will be shearing, spinning, and weaving
demonstrations, as well as hands-on experience with drop spindles and
On May 7, Watertown Town Historian Stephanie Lantierre of
the CT Gravestone Network will lead a cemetery walk and talk. Stephanie
was recently honored with a prestigious Award of Merit by the American
Association for State and Local History at their National Conference
held in Detroit, Michigan. The Award was for her leadership and
dedication to improving the professional practices of the Avery
Other annual events to be scheduled
include the annual flea market in the spring and the peach festival at
the end of the summer. The annual members meeting will be held in
November and will feature a special program of interest to members and
In addition, the Homestead will continue to be open the
first and third Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. Also weaving programs for
youth & adults and special programs for scouts are available upon
request throughout the year.
Homestead Sign Dedicated
new sign at the Homestead was dedicated on October 2nd in honor of
Myrtle Rowland, a charter member and benefactor of the Homestead. Below
is a photo of the Rowland family at the dedication ceremonies.
Left Side of Sign: Left to Right: Karen Rowland, Haley Rowland, Edward Rowland, Charles Rowland.
Right Side of Sign: Left to Right:
Front Row: Caleb Keith-Lucas, Heather Keith-Lucas, Connor Rowland, Erin Rowland, Peter Rowland.
Row: Fred Rowland, Dr. Fred Rowland, Jr., Philip Rowland, Loretta
Rowland, Barbara Rowland, Darwin Keith-Lucas, Geoffrey Rowland
donations will go for the long-term preservation of the
Twitchell-Rowland Homestead and future non-recurring expenses. Funds
will be managed by the Connecticut Community Foundation
Thanksgiving in Oxford - 1800's