Fairfield Historical Society
2020 Annual Report
Dear Members and Friends:
The Fairfield Historical Society is a nonprofit Section 501c (3) which owns and runs the Fairfield History House. It serves as a focal point of Town history and a safe location for a unique collection of Fairfield memorabilia and artifacts. It serves as a repository for area residents who have period items and family memorabilia that they want preserved.
The history house is also a local destination and brings people to Fairfield. A major responsibility of the society is the maintenance of the history house and barn. Visitors tour the museum with docents explaining the story of each room and the artifacts they contain. Visitors also come to research local history and do genealogical work. School children learn what life was like in the early 1900’s and what a rich history this area has.
The History House was closed to the general public this year due to Covid-19. We were able to hold the annual barn and bake sale fund raiser following CDC guidelines, however we did not hold the annual Christmas Open House due to compliance challenges for in-house constraints. Folks were able to do research by making an appointment and following CDC guidelines, several online queries were researched and answered.
Volunteer staff constructively made use of this time: Jennifer Morrisseau cleaned up the gardens, Barbara Gunvaldsen processed research inquiries, Peggy Blair worked on cataloging our collection onto our computer, Pam Bryan & Shirley Duplessis documented/photographed/packed archival boxes of clothing from the FHS collection, Kathy Violette helped as needed and organized/maintained displays, Bill Blair facilitated various maintenance jobs, and Mark McPheters provided grounds maintenance. Installation of underground wiring from the house to the barn was completed, and we are working on removing and replacing the back deck.
We received many interesting items to add to our collections including old toys, vintage clothing and picture albums of North Fairfield families from the Follansbee family. Ed Lord donated a large hall mirror that came from the E.J. Lawrence house and a plate from the 1700s that had the Tibbets family genealogy on the back.
Ongoing weekly volunteer work includes: Bill & Peggy (Tozier) Blair, Pam Bryan, Shirley Duplessis, Barbara Gunvalsen, Kathy Violette, and Mark McPheters. The following volunteers devote many hours working on our special events: Judy Albair, Barbara Bailey, Derek Bryan, Marion Foster , Ed Lord, Jennifer Teague Morrisseau, John Verrier and Kevin Violette. We are grateful to Jeremy Gordon for keeping the driveway plowed.
Thank you to the Town of Fairfield, donors, volunteers and all who continue to support our work preserving the history of Fairfield. Fairfield Historical Society looks forward to full services and tours as permittable in the near future.
Kevin Violette, President