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Historical society's new exhibit celebrates anniversary (04-14-19)


The iconic Tip Top Stores sign is part of the Litchfield Historical Society's new exhibit that opened on Friday. BZ photos

An intriguing exhibit focusing on the history of commerce, industry and agriculture in Litchfield opened at the Litchfield Historical Society on Friday.

'Sold, Made and Grown in Litchfield' provides a timeless look at some of the historic businesses that operated in town in the 20th and 21st centuries, among them Superior Foods, Crutch and MacDonald Drug Store and Tip Top Stores. The exhibit runs through Dec. 1.

A reception on Friday evening kicked off the exhibit and drew a large crowd of local residents. The opening of the exhibit launches the historical society's celebration of the town's 300th anniversary.

Alex Dubois, the historical society's curator of collections, was the creative force behind the exhibit that features signs and items donated to the society over the years.

"For the celebration of the 300th anniversary, we wanted something that was relevant and relatable to people who grew up in Litchfield or moved here and have an interest in the town's history," Dubois said. 

Betty Geci and Cliff Cooper, both of Litchfield, attended the exhibit opening.

A description of the exhibit.

From left, Kristen Orr, Lu Ann Mullen, Charlene Barbacci and Katherine Barbacci, all of Litchfield.

A photo of the workers at the Warren McArthur Corp. factory in Bantam is part of the exhibit.

Mary Tavino and Cleve Fuessenich, both of Litchfield.

Luzi and Evangelisti operated in Bantam.

From left, Elisabeth and Jim Schaefer of New York City and Dede Christophson of Litchfield.

A photo of legendary Crutch and MacDonald Drug Store owner Bob Doyle and his son, Bob.

Tom Hogan and Miles Borzilleri, both of Litchfield.

The sign from Outdoor Traders is on display.

Milk bottles from the original Arethusa Farm.

A look at how West Street changed over time.

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