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Elks donation warms up historical society

WINSTED — Members of the Winsted Elks Lodge showed their appreciation for local history on Feb. 15 when they invited Winchester Historical Society Director Milly Hudak to dinner — and to receive a $1,000 check from the special projects fund.Warmly received by Hudak, the grant will go toward work already being done at the Winchester Historical Society to upgrade the heating system at the Solomon Rockwell House on Prospect Street, which is the home of the society and its historical collection. An audit of the heating system last year indicated renovations were needed to improve efficiency and protect items in the ever-growing collection.“This grant could not have come at a better time,” Hudak said to a crowd of Elks gathered at their High Street lodge. “I’m going to extend an invitation to this lodge personally to come up when we reopen. I thank you so much, because this comes at a great time.”The latest exhibition at the Winchester Historical Society, organized by Hudak, features pieces of Winsted’s industrial history, gathered together in the Solomon Rockwell House’s adjoining carriage house. The installation includes 18th-century scythes from the Winsted Manufacturing company, Gilbert clocks and various textiles and appliances made in the Laurel City.

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