The Colebrook Historical Society (CHS) nvites you to a social gathering on Friday, August 10, at 7 p.m., featuring a presentation by our special guest, Barry Webber – Farm to Table: A Look Back 100 Years. Barry will share his extensive knowledge of the role food played in waging and winning World War I, and how Northwest Connecticut went all out to contribute to the war effort. While the troops battled valiantly in the fields of France and Belgium, the men and women of Colebrook, Norfolk, and surrounding towns waged their own campaign, determined to grow and prepare enough food to send to our boys “Over There”.
Barry has a long history with history. When he left his family’s business his first job was with The Concord Museum, working with their textile collection. His training and background in interior design made him uniquely qualified for the job. Since then he’s pursued his passion for the past wherever he went. When he moved to Norfolk twenty-three years ago he joined the Norfolk Historical Society, and now serves as its Executive Director.
Barry has many sources direct from the time, including news clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and a Fannie Farmer Cookbook, dated 1917, featuring a Bride’s Cake. Do come and learn about Potato Contests, “Meatless Wednesdays”, and “No Bread Tuesdays”. As a special treat, some period baked goods will be available for you to sample.