THIS & THAT
- Sharing Local History
- Do you have a photograph of the Flood of 1955, a program from the Opera House, a menu from the Highland Arms Restaurant, or a postcard of the Soldiers' Monument? Would you be willing to share your piece of Winsted history with the library? If yes, we welcome your donation!
Do you have a story to share about the Flood of 1955, marching in an early Pet Parade, or what it was like to attend a local one-room school? Please consider writing down your story and sharing it with the library.
Do you have a story to tell about Frontier Days or what it was like to work at the Gilbert Clock Company? Did you attend the Gilbert Home for Children? Would you like to come to the library and talk about your experience and memories?
Please contact Verna Gilson, the library's Genealogy & Local History Research Assistant, to make an arrangement to meet, or to drop items off at the library. Telephone (860) 379-6043 or email email@example.com for details.
"The Cornelio Legacy" - A 1948 Film of Winsted
Carmine (Carmello) Cornelio left Floridia, Italy, in 1903, to come to America. He settled in Winsted, worked as a laborer and stonemason, and eventually established a service station and Oldsmobile dealership on Main Street. In 1948, Mr. Cornelio decided to visit his 96-year old mother and family in Italy. Before departing, he hired a professional camera crew to film Winsted, so he could share the contributions of his fellow Italians with family “back home.” Seven year later, much of what appeared in the film was washed away by the flood of '55.
The Cornelio Legacy offers a poignant view of a typical American town, and its Italian community, in the 1940s.
The first public screening of the film was held, in May of 1998, at Northwestern Connecticut Community Technical College. The silent film was shown with piano accompaniment, and a program listed the people and places that appeared. The film was eventually made available to the public on VHS and DVD format. The Beardsley Library has copies of "The Cornelio Legacy" for loan in both formats.