Society news in Hartford and Springfield

The Connecticut Historical Society is pleased to announce the recent launch of a new resource available through its web page. They are scanned images of the pages of 52 scrapbooks kept by Mary F. Morris, the wife of an insurance executive in Hartford. Although many of these articles (ones from the Hartford Courant) are available online, here they are gathered in roughly chronological order and more importantly they were selected by a woman who was probably invited to many of the events she documented and knew many of the participants.

Selecting one image would be next to impossible, so here are a few tidbits to whet your curiosity. In volume 2, on page 3, you can find an article about the 21st birthday party given to Caldwell L. Colt my his mother, Mrs. Samuel Colt. The article reports that 1,000-1,500 invitations were sent to New York, Boston, Newport and numerous other locales. In the same volume on page 5 are two articles about Golden Wedding anniversary celebrations for Mrs. and Mrs. Samuel Hamilton and Mr. and Mrs. Julius Gilman.

The selections are eclectic. In volume 7, which covers the years 1895-1896, is a series of articles about John Armstrong Chaloner/Chalner who was declared sane by a court order, but only in the states of New York, North Carolina and Virginia. He fought for 20 years to be declared sane so he could have his share of the Astor fortune. What an incentive!

These snippets are just a small sample of the wonderfully colorful stories you will find in the pages available online. We invite you to read and enjoy these scrapbooks that document social life in Hartford and Springfield in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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