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American Girl Doll Camp Was A Big Hit This Week

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Aug 212015
 

Lea Turner talking to the girls about their dolls at the 3-day American Girl Doll camp held at the historic Stone-Otis House this week.

Lea Turner talking to the girls about their dolls at
the 3-day American Girl Doll camp held at the historic Stone-Otis House this week.

Thirteen girls from various towns around Orange as far west as Seymour and south from Ridgefield attended a 3-day American Girl Doll Camp this week at the historic Stone-Otis House.

The program was coordinated by Pat Lovelace from the Guilford Keeping Society in conjunction with the Orange Historical Society staff members Jan Clarke and Ginny Reinhard.

During the three days, the girls read, wrote and created. They learned about their everyday lives by reading their stories, heard about when they lived, wrote in their own journals, made crafts, played games from the doll’s time period and sampled food from recipes they would have used.

By the time camp ended on Wednesday, the girls already were talking about returning next year.

As a special treat to the community the Stone-Otis House is open Saturday, Aug. 22  from 11-2.

Orange Historical Society Tag Sale Features Collectible Baseball Cards

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Jul 252015
 

Screen Shot 2015-07-19 at 4.03.22 PMThe Orange Historical Society is planning its monthly tag sale for July 25 at the Academy Museum and Antique Shop,605 Orange Center Road, weather permitting.

The antique shop is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with quality antiques and collectibles.

Ask to see our collection of baseball cards and look through the newest postcard as well.

Come shop for those summertime hostess gifts.
For information call 203-795-3106.

The baseball cards can be seen on Craig’s list under “collectibles baseball cards, Orange, updated list.”

Letter: Stone-Otis House Needs Attention

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Jul 072015
 

OrangeOtisHouse-610x457I am needing to reach out to you because for 3 years, the Stone-Otis House has needed painting but the job that was scheduled was cancelled because Paul Foley, a competent restoration carpenter, told me and our First Selectman that there is a leak in the northeast corner which is making the wall damp and popping the paint. This has caused the ceiling in the bedroom and bathroom downstairs damage with its paint peeling.

Although the house has not been open to the public in the summer for two years, that fact is irrelevant because the house needs to be saved and not neglected by the town that owns it.

The Orange Historical Society did receive a grant for the painting 2 years ago, a grant which we did not have to apply for but did for the sake of the building and to save the town money but we had to decline it because of the extensive repairs that Paul Foley identified.

We at the historical society have committed 15 years to the Bryan-Andrew house, as promised and all our funding efforts except the paint for the Stone-Otis House have been in that house.

Even though the town owns it as well, we made the promise to restore it and that we have done and are still doing!

I would like to ask that you contact our First Selectman about finding funding to repair this 1830 house as I don’t see that this is being thought about, in fact, I feel that it is being neglected with forethought.

Sincerely,

Ginny Reinhard

President, Orange Historical Society

Mother’s Day Discount Continues At The Academy Museum

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May 212015
 

academy stuffIt’s not too late to mention your Mom’s name at the Orange Historical Society Antique Shop to receive a 10% discount on any item displayed for sale at the 1878 Academy Museum, 605 Orange Center Road.

In addition to the displays of Orange history, which are not for sale, one can find many collectibles and antiques, paper, books, china, toys, pewter, glassware, dolls, primitive kitchen collectibles etc. all waiting for just the right person who needs to find a gift for someone special.

Mother’s Day is behind us but why not surprise her with a gift of history from the shop. [Don’t forget to mention her name for the discount.]

Open Saturdays from 10-3.  For more information call 203-795-3106.

Historical Society Extends Mother’s Day Shopping Discount

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May 152015
 

The AcademyIn case you missed us at last week’s Mother’s Day tag sale on the Green, come to the The Academy at 605 Orange Center Road on Saturday from 10 a.m. -3 p.m.

The Orange Historical Society Antique Shop  features antiques and collectibles with tag sales once a month in its front yard.

On May 16th only, the society is offering 10 percent on any item if you mention your Mom’s name in honor of last week’s holiday.

For information call 203 795-3106.

Academy Antique Shop and Museum Has a New Look See It On Saturday

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May 042015
 

The AcademyIt’s Spring at last.  Come to the lovely Orange Green to enjoy a taste of the past with the 1805 church and 1878 Academy to remind you of days gone by.

The Orange Historical Society has given the Academy,605 Orange Center Road, a new “look” from its days as a high school and meeting house as an antique shops with displays of old Orange and old antiques & collectibles to delight with “once was.”

The gift giving season is upon us and the society has many unique items for those special occasions and you might was to see the collection of postcards of Connecticut towns that are fast being bought by collectors and historical societies alike.  The shop is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information call 203-795-3106.

Orange Historical Society Open Til 3 p.m. Saturday

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Mar 212015
 

6014013_origThe Orange Historical Society (OHS) recently joined the Connecticut Post Card Club and met some very nice members.

The OHS collection of postcards was of interest to those who attended and society members are hoping that our regular antique shop customers will stop by on Saturdays from 10-3 to check out the collection of Connecticut cards as well as selections from many of the states along the east coast.

The OHS will be highlighting old photographs as well for those collectors of local history.

Stop by at the Academy Museum, 605 Orange Center Road for a “look see” of antiques, collectibles, dolls, books, linens, vintage jewelry, lighting and other items of interest.

For information call 203 795-3106.

Academy Antique/Gift Shop Has Many Collectible Items For Sale

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Mar 082015
 

The AcademyFollowing is a press release from the Orange Historical Society.

We’re almost there…spring and what better way to celebrate than to buy something special for someone special?  You!

After this long winter a tour of the Orange Historical Society Academy antique shop will be just the place to visit.  Come learn about the history of Orange and  buy an antique or collectible for those gift-giving occasions coming up this year.

The museum is located at 605 Orange Center Road in Orange, open every Saturday from 10-3.

A recent donation of dolls around the world will be available for sale in the weeks to come so put us on your calendar for our weekend adventures.

For information call 203 795-3106.

Holiday Shopping Hours Set At The Academy Museum

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Nov 212014
 

 

Come on in and see what the Academy Museum gift shop has to offer.

Come on in and see what the Academy Museum gift shop has to offer.

It’s that time again.  Holiday shopping for those hard  to “buy for” friends and family. 

The Orange Historical Society Antique Shop is your place to choose the unusual and unique items for just the right person.

Open Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Academy, 605 Orange Center Road is easily accessible and parking is next door.

Stop in, browse and take a tour of the museum.  You might just put a dent in that holiday gift list.

For information call 203-795-6103.

Originally Published on: Nov 16, 2014 @ 10:57

Obituary: Susan Palmer, 71, Beloved Wife, Mother, Community Volunteer

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Oct 292014
 

sue palmerSusan Louise Short Palmer, age 71, of Orange, died October 15, 2014.

She was the devoted wife of Frederick Palmer for 47 years and mother of Carla Palmer, Arlington, MA and Debra Palmer Stratford, CT.

Daughter of the late John M. Short and Helen Ahrens Short. Sister of Judith (Thomas) Pryor, Gorham ME, Nancy (Richard) Ross, Milford, CT and Leslie (Eugene) Skibitsky, Dixfield, ME and aunt of many nieces and nephews.

She was a 1961 graduate of Milford High school and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southern CT State College.

She was a very enthusiastic kindergarten and nursery school teacher.

Susan was an active member of the First United Church of Christ in Milford, CT for over 65 years as a member of the choir, and many other positions including the Hospitality Committee, Christian Education, Music Committee, Deacon, as well as the Church Moderator.

She was a Mariner and Girl Scout as a child and continued in scouting as a lifetime member and a leader for her daughters.

She was an active member and volunteer for the Orange Country Fair committee, Orange and Milford Historical Societies, the CT Historical Automobile Society, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, the Milford Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity.

Calling hours will be held Friday, Oct. 31, directly in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Church of Christ in Milford from 4 to 8 p.m.

A Memorial service at the Church will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10:30 am. Interment will be private.

In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Cancer Research Institute, The American Cancer Society or The music fund at First United Church of Christ.

The arrangements are in the care of Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home, Milford. To leave condolences or for directions, visit www.georgejsmithandson.com