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August 28, 2006 Clubs and Organizations

Exhibition: Gertrude’s Gift

From: The Torrington Historical Society
Gertrude’s Gift: Celebrating 50 Years of the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum

This year, the Torrington Historical Society is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its exceptional good fortune in being presented with the Hotchkiss-Fyler House, which became its permanent home. From August 19th through October 29th, we will be celebrating the extraordinary bequest we received from a remarkable lady, Gertrude Fyler Hotchkiss.

Gertrude’s Gift is an exhibit that chronicles the lives of the Fylers and Hotchkisses, the four prominent people who called the grand mansion home. It will also look at the planning and construction of this magnificent, turn of the century residence.

O.R. and Mary (Vail) Fyler married shortly after he returned from the Civil War. She had taught school in Newfield and he carved out a political career that included serving as State Representative, Insurance Commissioner and Chairman of the Republican State Central Committee.

Their daughter, Gertrude, married Edward Hotchkiss, whose family firm was the general contractor for constructing the structure that not only was a stately home, but also a center of political activity. Edward, too, was very active in political and civic organizations and Gertrude was well known for her philanthropy. The gift of her home to the young Historical Society was the grandest in a long tradition of generosity and care for her community.

The exhibit is open from Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission is free; donations in memory of Mrs. Hotchkiss will be accepted and applied to the ongoing restoration of the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum.Venue: The Torrington Historical SocietyStarts: 2006-09-19 10:00:00Ends: 2006-09-19 16:00:00Cost:

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