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Mulberry & Manchester – What’s the Connection? Historical Society Hosts Holiday Open House

Posted on December 9, 2014

      Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Mulberry, mulberry, mulberry. A Mulberry tree is the centerpiece of Manchester, Connecticut’s town seal, Mulberry Street Pizza or “The Mulb” is a popular downtown restaurant and a “Mulberry Tree Gift Shoppe” sign greets visitors to the Old Manchester Museum.   So what’s the connection between Mulberry and Manchester?   “A lot” David K. Smith, curator of the Manchester Historical Society, Inc. said during a holiday open house held December 6 throughout the town’s Historic District. “Silkworms would only eat Mulberry tree leaves,” Smith continued.   As soon as Smith uttered the words “silkworms” and “Mulberry leaves” the connection became crystal clear. Seemingly anyone even slightly familiar with the history of Manchester knows the Cheney Mills…

Mary & Al Generous – WWII Army/Air Force Nurse & United States Airman, A “Greatest Generation” Love Story

Posted on November 11, 2014

Article by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 –  a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt, spoke these words upon asking the U.S. Congress for a declaration of war against Japan, thus marking the entrance of the U.S. into World War II. Those who victoriously faced down the despotism of that era have come to be known as “the Greatest Generation.” With World War II raging overseas and American casualties mounting, in the early 1940s “Uncle Sam” put out an urgent appeal for military nurses. Between December of 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and the end…

Wild Bunch a Swiss Hit at Colchester Fife & Drum Muster

Posted on July 29, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com The Wild Bunch, an American-style fife and drum corps from Switzerland was warmly welcomed at a muster held July 26 in Colchester, Connecticut. Led by the Colchester Continentals Fife and Drum Corps, the event began with a short parade onto the town green where performances from approximately a dozen groups was punctuated by the Swiss visitors. The day before, the Wild Bunch had taken part in a large muster in Deep River and their corps was scheduled to participate in another one near Old Saybrook the following day. Members, who hail from Basel, Switzerland, and an American from New York, praised the congeniality they said greeted them everywhere they went in the United States, as well as,…

Fire Museum in Manchester Connecticut – An Unsung Gem

Posted on June 17, 2014

Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com Before fire response could be measured in the mere minutes powerful red trucks with sirens blasting are able to to soar to the scene,  muscular men slid down firehouse poles and literally, themselves pulled 5,000 pound apparatus responding to a blaze. Fascinating facts such as this and much more can be found at the The Fire Museum in Manchester, Connecticut – an unsung gem. A wealth of information about the interesting history of firefighting in the state awaits visitors here, along with up close views of apparatus and memorabilia that trace the transition of firefighting from man pulled apparatus to horse drawn and then motorized – including a rare coal burning steam engine, one of only two…

Homeland Day 100th Anniversary Celebrated in Manchester, Connecticut

Posted on June 16, 2014

Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com The 100th anniversary of Homeland Day was celebrated on June 14 in Manchester, Connecticut. Since renamed Heritage Day, the annual celebration was originated by Ruth Sears Cheney to recognize the heritage of the many ethnic groups living in Manchester and working in the Cheney silk mills. The first celebration included a day of festivities and floats representing the varied cultures of Manchester’s population in the early 20th Century. This year’s Heritage Day capped the 23rd Pride in Manchester Week with a ceremony at Cheney Hall, that is now home to the Little Theater of Manchester which is currently staging a production of “Almost Maine”. The ceremony was followed by a march from the hall along Hartford Road…

Quiet Heroes from Connecticut’s Quiet Corner

Posted on May 23, 2014

Write-Up by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com      With the approach of each Memorial Day, I think about how proud my mother and father were of two of  her brothers’ service during World War II – one was a fighter pilot and another was a bomber pilot. Part of what has come to be called “The Greatest Generation”, they were among the young warriors who rose up to save the world from the tyranny of German dictator Adolf Hitler. And they are among those who my brother John calls ‘Quiet Heroes from Connecticut’s Quiet Corner’. My brother is also an United States Air Force veteran and American Legion past post commander. Nicknamed “Bunker”,  United States Air Force Major Oliver E. Generous died in service to…

Christmas and G. Fox & Co.

Posted on December 24, 2013

By: Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com    When I was growing up, G.Fox & Co. in downtown Hartford, Connecticut played a big part in Christmas for my family. In America’s golden era of thriving downtown department stores, G. Fox & Co, a.k.a. “Fox’s”, was known as “Connecticut’s Department Store.”   Christmas shopping at “Fox’s” would get underway for us the day after Thanksgiving. It continued each weekend until the arrival of the holiday. My father worked in the city so the family rode into Hartford with him. We spent the day shopping then met him after he got off work. Often we had dinner downtown.   “Fox’s” was a magical destination at this time of year. My mother made sure we were dressed-up for these excursions.…

Jackie Bouvier Kennedy’s Dedication to Duty Evident at Young Age

Posted on November 22, 2013

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb In the days leading up to this, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, there has been much historical and individual reflection about President Kennedy, his presidency and the legacy of both. The nation has remembered a handsome, young president with an engaging Boston accent and grand ideals. As well, there has been a great deal of reflection about the graciousness of the woman he chose for his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy – later following her remarriage, Onassis. Documentaries have shown Mrs. Kennedy’s style brought elegance to the White House, and enormous dignity in the way she handled the national tragedy of her husband’s assassination. According to historians, she had a prominent role in planning President…

“LEARN THE ADDRESS” Project Ongoing for 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address

Posted on November 21, 2013

By: Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb As the nation marked the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19,1863, a project by documentarian Ken Burns titled “LEARN THE ADDRESS” continues. For the project, Burns is encouraging all Americans to video themselves reading or reciting the Gettysburg Address then upload it. His PBS documentary -“The Address” – is slated to air in the spring of 2014. Considered by historians to be perhaps the greatest speech in American History, it was delivered by President Lincoln for the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania just four and half months after the Union Army defeated the Confederacy in the Battle of Gettysburg. Noted for its healing tone, Lincoln is said to have…

Wicked Sweet Win – Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Champs

Posted on October 31, 2013

By Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb It was a wicked sweet win for the Boston Red Sox who clinched the 2013 World Series last night in Fenway Park – the first series championship won at home since 1918, the Babe Ruth era. It would be eighty-six years before the Sox would win subsequent world series titles but those were on the road. Last night’s victory could not have been any sweeter for Red Sox Nation fans, and for the team that became the rallying point for “Boston Strong” in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings in April. The Sox came back from low standing early in the season to make it into the world series and now have taken the title, representing the resiliency displayed…