"Civil War Medicine" with Dane Deleppo
Sunday May 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM

at the Kent Town Hall

The Kent Historical Society will feature a presentation May 18 on Civil War medicine from a Harwinton resident and it will be a preview of a large ceremony happening on May 24 in Litchfield to honor one battle in the war.

Dane Deleppo will speak as part of the Sunday Series at 2:00 p.m. at the Kent Town Hall on May 18, and will focus on the care given to soldiers in the Civil War. He’ll also share information about the training of doctors, misconceptions about the care, as well as what medical drugs were available and the role that women played in the care of the wounded.

Deleppo is a 25-year veteran of Civil War re-enacting and is the current president of the T. A. Hungerford Museum in Harwinton. Deleppo and his wife, Carol, received the 2012 Mary Tallmadge Chapter of The DAR award for Historical Preservation.

The Civil War Battle of Cold Harbor will be remembered all day Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in Litchfield with a series of events being organized by Litchfield’s Morgan-Weir American Legion Post 27 and the National Park Service.

Deleppo will be one of the featured speakers. Other presenters include Bert Dunkerly of the National Park Service, Civil War historian Peter Vermilyea, who also teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School and Western Connecticut State University, and the Connecticut Army National Guard Brass Pack.

The battle was significant because so many local men were involved and because of its devastation. The 2nd Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery had trained on the Litchfield Green and suffered large losses in the battle.  The organizers of the Litchfield event have a Facebook page “Litchfield County Connecticut Remembers Cold Water – 150 Year Anniversary.” For more information, visit the National Park Service website at

The Kent Historical Society sponsors the Sunday Series every other month September through May.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome.




In honor of noted American artist George Laurence Nelson, one of the founders of the Kent Art Association, the Kent Historical Society is offering a very special scholarship of $1000.00 to any graduating high school senior intending to further their education in studio art or art history.

The George Laurence Nelson Art Scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a graduate of the Kent Center School or whose family are residents of the town of Kent.  The application must be received by the Society by May 1,2014.  Applications have been supplied to the art departments of most high schools in the immediate area.

The Kent Historical Society is located at Seven Hearths, which was the home of George Laurence Nelson and has a permanent display of his original art works.  This home, at 4 Studio Hill Road, is a reminder that Kent has a rich and diversified historical past.  In supporting young artistic talent we hope to keep this tradition ongoing.

Click here for an application.

For further information for the George Laurence Nelson scholarship contact:
Tel: 860-927-4587
Kent Historical Society, PO Box 651, Kent, CT, 06757

Please reference:  Art Scholarship


Job Opening: Executive Director
The Kent Historical Society is growing its staff and seeks applicants for a part-time position as Executive Director. We are looking for a professional with experience in non-profit management and an interest in history and/or art. We want someone who has creative abilities and is highly organized and able to juggle multiple projects. Our growing organization is looking to expand its programs and its reach into the community. See job description.

Email cover letter and resume by June 30, 2014 to President Lynn Mellis Worthington,



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  The prized possession of the Kent Historical Society is Seven Hearths, an imposing pre-Revolutionary house located in the heart of the Flanders Historic District in Kent. Discovered by hundreds of new visitors who came to Kent in 2005 for the Smithsonian's Barn Again! exhibit, Seven Hearths is now undergoing significant restoration. What began as the repair of the crumbling north chimney has now expanded to an exciting re-creation of a more accurate 18th century version of the house.
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The little pre-Revolutionary one room schoolhouse sits high atop Skiff Mountain on the edge of the Marvelwood School campus. Given to the Kent Historical Society in 1972 by Pauline Skiff Gunn, a descendant of the original builder, the schoolhouse is now visited as part of the Society's "History for Kids" program with the Kent Center School. However, the schoolhouse is sadly underused, and we are investigating more avenues of presentation for this little gem.
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After G. L. Nelson's death, his popularity waned considerably. His reputation now falls far short of what it was during his prolific career. The Kent Historical Society has embarked on a mission to restore him to his rightful place in the annals of American art and increase knowledge of the beauty and genius of his artwork. If you know of the whereabouts of other Nelson pieces, we welcome communication from owners of any his treasures.
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