Storrs House Treasures
Visitors to the Storrs House are impressed with this colonial
home. Its large rooms with its many fine pieces of early furniture,
choice items of tableware, and paintings and portraits on view
never fail to delight.
The wide central staircase leading to the second floor provides
an entry to four rooms, three of which are bedrooms. The closets
of each are crowded with gowns, coats, and hats made of natural
fibers that are rarely used in their manufacture in our world
Through the years, most of these articles have been identified,
explored, and prepared for display by many dedicated professionals,
historians. and volunteers. This is a continuing process. Wooden
hangers are being padded to protect fragile garments. Humidifiers
are installed in two areas where casual storing of these items
would be destructive to wood, cloth, and paper.
Interesting as the above artifacts are to admire and appreciate,
current trends are toward investigating and using primary sources.
Vast quantities of written accounts reflecting the lively social
and business doings of colonial people have been sorted and filed.
These records are a joy to researchers eager to reveal
.and interpret what has been recorded by individuals who
experienced the joys and problems of the time.
Scrapbooks, which are now indexed, are filled with newspaper
accounts of Longmeadow doings. Photographs of houses, people
and sites in Longmeadow are being identified and labeled for
reference files. All of the Stephen Williams diaries have been
indexed and indexing of other primary source materials is ongoing
by the Curator.
Family histories, town departmental histories, businessmen's
account books, children's copybooks, lists of club meetings,
sermons. deeds, and personal letters, all handwritten, are awaiting
transcription for easier perusal. These papers were donated to
us for preservation. This has been done, encompassing data of
the 18th,19th, and 20th centuries.
We treasure the diaries and written commentaries stored in
our vault at the Storrs House. We preserve the furnishings and
memorabilia placed throughout the building. All of these are
a valuable source of information to the early formation of our
There is much material in our files that is fascinating to
all of us in town. There is even more that would interest our
country as a whole, for example, The Temperance Society Constitution.
With careful editing and the gathering of related subject
matter now in our files, publication of certain papers should
Mabel A. Swanson
Former Curator and Archivist
Longmeadow Historical Society