Exhibit: "New Acquisitions: Collecting for Our Community"
The Torrington Historical Society announces the opening of an exhibit titled: NEW ACQUISITIONS: COLLECTING FOR OUR COMMUNITY. The exhibit showcases a sampling of the many items that have been added to the Society's collection within the past few years and as such, provides a snapshot of Torrington's rich and diverse history.
What types of objects will you see? One of the featured new acquisitions is a guitar made ca. 1856 by noted Torrington luthier James Ashborn, the first American maker to mass produce guitars. In contrast, is a guitar made in 2012 by another Torrington maker, Kevin Michael Clark. Recent acquisitions in this exhibit also include the following: a linen textile spun and woven by a ten year old Torrington girl in 1823; a collection of seven interior and exterior photos of the Conley Inn (later the Yankee Pedlar Inn) when the inn first opened in 1891; paintings of Torrington people and places; a photograph of students at Beth-El Synagogue; and other photos of Torrington dating from the 1850s to the 1940s. Also on display are several signs including a sign from one of Torrington’s popular 1970s teen hang-outs, The Sugar Shack.
Torrington’s extensive industrial history is represented by a number of items including a machinist’s tool box used at the American Brass Company by Joseph Ruwet when he worked there in the early 1940s; products made in Torrington during the 19th and 20thcenturies including a Hendey lathe from the 1880s, roller skates from the 1880s and 1950s, and Torrington Casting Company items.
Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 – 4 p.m. Admission is free.