Capital Community College Foundation and the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) are teaming up to present “From Hula Hoops to High Fashion: G. Fox Co. in the 1950s” on Thursday, March 19th, from noon to 1:30 pm. at the College’s 950 Main Street campus that occupies the 11-story former department store building.
The lunch and program will be held at Centinel Hill Hall — now the College’s auditorium –and will be presented by CHS’ Joe Waxman, a volunteer for the Society’s adult outreach program. Capital relocated to the Main Street campus in 2002 after a top to bottom renovation of the downtown landmark.
Campus tours will be provided for luncheon guests with photographs and memorabilia of the landmark department store on display.
Capital Community College is continuing the tradition begun by G. Fox of using Centinel Hill Hall as a community gathering place for arts, culture and civic engagement.
The “Remembering G. Fox & Company” program is part of the College’s Hartford Heritage project, made possible with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), that makes connections between course content and the cultural institutions of the city to enhance students’ learning and understanding of Hartford.
For most Connecticut residents, the word “Fox’s” holds powerful associations. The name evokes images of a beautifully decorated, tall department store on Main Street filled with every imaginable garment, home furnishing or, domestic necessity dreamed of and warm memories of sharing time with family and friends. Presenter Joe Waxman, retired from a sales and marketing career, remembers growing up in Hartford where G. Fox & Company was a part of his life. He says that Fox’s “touches people’s personal history.” Joe will also talk about his admiration for Beatrice Fox Auerbach whose accomplishments were significant on both local and national levels.
The lunch and program are an opportunity to remember G. Fox Co. and re-visit the place where area residents shopped and worked and “where the customer was always right!”
Tickets to the luncheon program are $25 and may be reserved by calling 860-906-5102. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Net proceeds will benefit the College’s Hartford Heritage Project. To reserve online please go to DONATE NOW.
About Capital Community’s College Hartford Heritage Project:
The Hartford Heritage Project makes Hartford’s rich and diverse cultural institutions, landmarks, and neighborhoods an extension of our classroom. Hartford Heritage courses make connections between course content and the city of Hartford in order to enhance learning and to increase our understanding of Connecticut’s capital city. Visit: www.capitalcc.edu/HHP/
About the Connecticut Historical Society (@ConnHistSoc):
Established in 1825, Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit museum, library, and education center. It is one of the oldest historical societies in the nation and houses one of the most distinguished collections in New England. CHS is home to one of the most comprehensive research libraries in the State, helping people to discover their own family stories, towns and relationships to the greater community. CHS is also one of the State’s largest providers of museum education programs for school, youth and community groups and offers hands-on, interactive learning experiences for both students and their families. In addition to its own collection, CHS showcases a variety of exhibits, guest speakers, and programs throughout the year. Visit www.chs.org or call (860) 236.5621.