The Vernon Historical Society presents a new exhibit, “Remembering the Great War” timed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I for the United States. The exhibit will open to the public on Saturday June 10th as part of the annual “Open House” sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Tourism.
In this exhibit, visitors will see through photographs, letters and artifacts how our community participated by sending their young men and women off to fight and by working together to support the national war effort. In Rockville, members of the German-American community faced questions about their patriotism as sections of Rockville near the mills were made off-limits to aliens from enemy countries. Near the end of the war, the global influenza pandemic struck Rockville and Vernon. City officials struggled to cope as the numbers of sick and dying overwhelmed community resources.
When the Armistice was declared, Rockville and Vernon celebrated with a parade in November 1918 and later with a “Welcome Home” parade in July 1919. At the time, everyone believed that the First World War would be the “war to end all wars’”
On Saturday, June 10th the Vernon Historical Society will have special Saturday hours of 10am to 4pm. From then on, the exhibit can be viewed during our usual hours: Thursdays from 2pm- 4pm, the second and fourth Sundays of each month from 2pm to 4pm, and by appointment. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public. The Historical Society and Museum are located at 734 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon.
"Then and Now" Pictures on Display
A new set of "Then and Now: Photographs of Our Town- Past and Present", has been added to the exhibit that shows the changes to Vernon and Rockville over time. The photographs can be viewed at the Vernon Collector of Revenue Office on Park Street in the Rockville section of Vernon. Assembled by VHS researchers, Carolyn Blouin and James Ashe, the exhibit features sets of historical and contemporary photos. Each set focuses on a location in town and includes photos of a mill, a school and a church. Seen together the photographs illustrate how the place has changed over time. Mr. Ashe and Mrs. Blouin selected historic photographs and vintage postcards from the VHS collection. Then they took contemporary photographs of the same site, trying to match the angle from which the original photograph was taken.
The exhibit in the Tax Office is the third in a series that will illuminate the changes that time and development have brought to our town.
The exhibit can be viewed in the Collector of Revenue department on the first floor in the Town Hall Annex which is open Monday thru Wednesday from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Thursday 8:30am to 7pm and Friday from 8:30am to 1:30pm.