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Sherman Historical Society Opens 'Peddlers' Exhibit For Winter Break

The exhibit drew 200 visitors to Yankee Doodle Holiday Open House recently. Photo Credit: Linda T. Hubbard
Bring the kids to the Sherman Historical Society next week. The Yankee Doodle Holiday exhibit has been extended from Monday, Dec. 26 to Thursday, Dec. 29. Photo Credit: Linda T. Hubbsrd, Sherman Historical Society on Facebook
A tree is decorated with objects by peddlers at the Sherman Historical Society. Photo Credit: Alicia Sakal

SHERMAN, Conn. -- If you have not had the chance to see this month's Yankee Doodle Holiday Exhibit at the Sherman Historical Society you're in luck.

The turnout was especially strong — 200-plus — when the exhibit opened the first week in December, so it will remain open during school break week, said Sue Moga, president of the Sherman Historical Society.

"The items are chock full of interesting facts about Connecticut," she told Daily Voice.

"The house is beautifully decorated.There is even an eye-spy game for the young and young-at-heart. And the Old Store will also be open during this time, so you can catch them before they close for the season," she said.

Highlights, said Moga, include a display devoted to the Nutmeg men, Edward and William Pattison, who were Yankee Peddlers of New Britain.

The Pattisons were the first to make American tinware. A peddler's box is filled with wares they brought into homes, traveling around the country. 

Authors from Connecticut are also featured in the displays.

"It's an exhibit that describes and demonstrates the different products that come from Connecticut. There's Native American (items) and a focus on the Long Island Sound. The Christmas tree has silver, helicopters, submarines, family tools and textiles, and Pez dispensers from Pez in Orange, among industries in Connecticut," said Moga.

The exhibit runs Monday, Dec. 26, to Thursday, Dec. 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Northrop House, 10 Route 37 Center, Sherman.

For more information, call 860-354-3083.

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