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Public Relations News: We Need Your Help

By Terri Fassio, CT State Public Relations Co-Director

  September 1, 2020 --

The Public Relations Committee of the CT State Grange, under the guidance of the State Grange Executive Board, is undertaking a new project - and needs your help! We will be compiling a new book about the history of the Connecticut State Grange.

There have previously been two books written about the history of the Connecticut State Grange and the Granges throughout our State - “The Connecticut Granges” which was written by a committee of the Connecticut State Grange published in 1900, and “The Grange in Connecticut” written by Lida Skilton Ives and published in 1953. While “The Connecticut Granges” book is more prose, the Ives book is more statistical in nature.

Seeing as it has been 67 years since the Ives book was published, it is time that the CT State Grange put together a new publication about our Grange. This  new book would be a compilation  of information from both of the earlier books, but then taking it a step further and bringing it up to current day, and also elaborating further including more than just “statistical lists”, by adding photos, news clippings, and  biographies of Granges, events,  activities and important Grange members/ leaders throughout our history. This is a long-term project, with a goal of being released for the 140th Anniversary of the CT State Grange in 2025.

We have been assembling information for this project for many years, and now it is time to take it to the next step. But we can’t move forward without the help of all of our Connecticut Grange members. Here’s a few of the areas where assistance is needed --

  • writing biographies and sharing recollections and experiences of influential Connecticut Grange members, activities and moments in our history
  • sharing old photos and historical clippings of all Connecticut Granges, but primarily of Granges that are no longer active
  • researching particulars about our Grange history through sources such as old Grange minutes and publications, local historical associations, town libraries and online resources like newspapers.com

More information about this project as well as specifics about our needs will be mailed (and emailed) to each Grange in the coming weeks.  If you would like to lend a hand, or have information that may help us on our journey, please send an email to publicrelations@ctstategrange.org  or information@ctstategrange.org .


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