New Britain Industrial Museum Creates Podcast
of WWI Stanley Works Letters
Over the past couple of months the Industrial Museum has been working with Elizabeth Normen and CT Explored to share WWI letters written to Stanley Works by their employees fighting the Great War. The podcast was posted yesterday, here is the link , in time for the Centennial of America entering WWI.
This is the result of a collaboration between the Industrial Museum and the community at large. Museum volunteer Fenton Williams inventoried the original letters; Andrea Kulak (volunteer Museum Educator) read through the letters, wrote the script based on letters written by 8 Stanley Employees and served as narrator; Dr. Leah Glaser enlisted her students Joe Guerrera, Ryan Paolino and Jacob Carey to do the reading; period music collector Henry Arneth (who works as special collections assistant for Trinity’s Watkinson Library) brought in his portable Victrola to play music of the age and Elizabeth Normen and her crew from CT Explored made it all work and recorded it so these WWI voices could be preserved for and heard in the 21st Century.
Without the involvement of CT Explored, and Grating the Nutmeg, these voices would be silent for another hundred years or more. History matters…..
An exhibit featuring WWI has been mounted in the Industrial Museum. The scrapbook containing the letters written to Stanley Works is on display along with uniforms, snapshots and some of the products made in New Britain for the War. That exhibit will be up through the end of the year. Stop by and see it.