UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Special Exhibition from Pequot Library's Special Collections Honoring the Town of Fairfield's 375th Anniversary

Friday, June 6, 2014

Special Exhibition from Pequot Library's Special Collections Honoring the Town of Fairfield's 375th Anniversary


Southport, CT – Pequot Library continues turning its pages of history during its 125th anniversary year with the second half of the exhibition featuring rare books from its Special Collections. Pages from Pequot: Local History -- honoring the Town of Fairfield in its 375th year.
Family names such as Barlow, Ludlowe, and Bradley appear in the exhibition of rare books and ephemera. The exhibition runs from June 13 – August 25, 2014. It is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

Items from Pequot Library’s Special Collections, not displayed before, will be on the walls of The Perkin Gallery plus in the Rare Books cases. Pages from Pequot: Local History showcases photographs of Old Fairfield and Southport dating from 1893. Places of historical interest, residences and other establishments will remind our community of where the town has been, and how far we’ve come. Viewers will recognize the Ogden house, the Hall Block and Nehemiah Jennings building, plus a home called “Set-a-Spell.”

Local names, Jennings, Dwight, and Wakeman, highlight the Rare Book cases in both the Perkin Gallery and Reading Room. “A Calendar for the Town of Fairfield for 1885” edited by Cyrus S. Bradley will be joined by “Jennings Book and Letters, a Ledger of the Town of Fairfield,” handwritten by Jennings himself. In our current technological age of digital communications, we forget that handwriting once held an esteemed place. Perfect penmanship connoted validity, acceptability and authority. Legibility can be traced to legitimacy. Perfect handwriting reflected ones status in society.

The exhibition will show a book written in 1894, and published two years later, by Charlotte Malvina Bulkley, “Mill River Southport Reminiscences of the Past.”

An excerpt from Mrs. Bulkley’s book reads, “The munificient [sic] gift of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert B. Monroe, the Pequot stone library building with its handsome equipment, is the crowning benefit bestowed upon us which we well may be proud of. Its untold advantages for the present and future, is far beyond what we could ever dream of. Let us all enjoy its privileges with a deep interest for the fulfillment of its mission. May the Pequot library ever dispel ignorance and instruct the wise.

I put down my pen, realizing most fully that the past has gone like ‘a fleeting dream.’ Our beloved picturesque village by the sea will soon pass into the keeping of coming generations; may they preserve, protect and beautify the setting of so priceless a gem.”

Colorful Victorian advertisement cards, used by local merchants of the time, will be on display. High-quality reproductions of the cards and photographs will be available for purchase. Victorian era advertising is a much talked about topic. Advertising has differed over the centuries, but back then advertisements were printed on paper trade cards. These cards could be customized according to the need and requirement of the company. The popularity of the medium is proved by the fact that the samples are available even today and they have been the inspiration for new advertisements.

Along with historical significance for the Town of Fairfield, and the advertising allure of trade cards, the beauty of the exhibition can be found in the handwritten items. The exquisite use of calligraphy and seeing the elaborate filigree penmanship style of the era makes the viewer pause and reflect on gentler, unhurried times. In this day and age of the electronic printed word, a handwritten tome has become nearly extinct. This exhibition, Pages from Pequot: Local History brings to life the way we were.

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