Esteemed Connecticut historian Bill Hosley will give a presentation, “Emily Holcombe: Champion of Connecticut State Pride,” at the Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth St. in Hartford, on Wednesday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
In a release, Hosley raves about Holcombe (1852-1922): “Mrs. Holcombe taught the people of Connecticut about the grace and wonder of the little state that could. Her accomplishments were many. She spearheaded the first large-scale restoration of a graveyard in the United States. She played a key role in transforming the Windsor home of founding father Oliver Ellsworth into one of Connecticut’s first house museums. She organized the largest public display of American antiques up to that time at the St. Louis Worlds Fair (1904). She launched the campaign that saved the Old State House when it was in danger of being demolished. She developed a campaign to brand Connecticut as ‘the Constitution State’ and she was a relentless champion and advocate for the state she loved.”
The presentation also will include talk of her grandson, Shepherd Holcombe.