The Stratford Historical Society
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Docent Appreciation Luncheon August 28th
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Docent Appreciation Luncheon August 28th

   Barbara Firisin (Corresponding Secretary) and Pam Hutchinson (Hospitality Chair) took charge of arranging the 2016 Docent Appreciation Luncheon held on Friday, August 26 in the Stratford Historical Society Museum.

   Twenty-five dedicated volunteers were treated to a catered lunch by the Society followed by a Pot Luck dessert table laden with an incredible assortment of goodies from docent ovens.

   As if that were not enough, docents were treated to an amazing history lesson about one of Stratford’s early heroes, Jabez Huntington Tomlinson, by Ray Vermette. Ray lead the audience through a maze of genealogy connecting many early Stratford families (whose names are familiar today as names of streets and schools in town) to this hero. Jabez Tomlinson gained fame as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He guarded English Major John Andre the night before his execution as a spy caught carrying plans of the American fortification at West Point from Benedict Arnold to the British command. Jabez received the self-portrait Andre drew of himself that night to bring back to Stratford and eventually to hang in Yale University’s Art Museum. Ray included many more details of Jabez’s early and later life as a prominent citizen.