Guilford Free Library and the Guilford Keeping Society are pleased to announce a new lecture series to honor the legacy of Guilford’s first town librarian, Edith B. Nettleton. Edith was the first director of the Guilford Free Library where she served for 44 years, retiring in 1978. For another 36 years, she was a loyal volunteer, developing the historical archives at the Library.
The final talk in the series will feature local historian and teacher Dennis Culliton discussing Guilford during the Industrial Revolution. From the shores Long Island Sound to the forests of of Nut Plains, Guilford and its people participated in the Industrial Revolution from the 19th to early the 20th century. From canning tomatoes, to raising poultry, to turning trees to lumber, to metal work, to building schooners and sloops, to providing the stone building blocks for cities from Boston to New York City, Guilford’s industries provided jobs for locals and immigrants, products for homes and other industries, lumber for construction, and the pedestal that Lady Liberty stands on today. Dennis Culliton will use the Guilford Free Library and Guilford Keeping Society’s collections to illustrate how our agrarian town contributed to the growth of America during the Industrial Revolution.
Free and open to all.