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Hartford’s “First Lady” and the First Lady of the World

July 4, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

In many articles I’ve read about Beatrice Fox Auerbach, she has been nicknamed Hartford’s “First Lady,” probably because of her positive impact on its community. For similar reasons, Eleanor Roosevelt has been dubbed the “First Lady of the World.” And between 1946 and 1962 these two “First Ladies” corresponded with one another. Their early correspondence…
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Happy Birthday, Beatrice!

July 7, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Beatrice Fox Auerbach was born on July 7, 1887, which means today is her 120th birthday! I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of an appropriate (and fun!) way to commemorate the occasion. I started wondering how she had celebrated her birthdays and realized that the collection doesn’t really offer any glimpses into that…
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“My dear Friend”

July 11, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Last week, I wrote about the friendship between Beatrice Fox Auerbach and Eleanor Roosevelt, as evidenced through their correspondence. I thought it might be fun this week to include a sample letter from the collection. Here are the scanned images of a letter Mrs. Roosevelt wrote to Mrs. Auerbach on June 17, 1960: If you…
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Mrs. Auerbach, Dog Lover

July 25, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

As an animal lover myself, I was especially delighted to learn that Beatrice Fox Auerbach was one as well, especially when it came to dogs! I discovered various references to different dogs who were in the Auerbach household interspersed throughout the collection. One of my favorites is the American Kennel Club Registration Certificate for Mrs….
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Auerfarm is Now Our Farm

August 1, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

In July 1925, George Auerbach, Beatrice Fox Auerbach’s husband, purchased a 220-acre farm property on West Simsbury Road in Bloomfield. After his death in 1927, Mrs. Auerbach took charge of the farm. Under her leadership, the farm thrived. Mrs. Auerbach even received accolades for her award-winning Guernsey cows! The milk and eggs produced on the…
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Beatrice’s Girls

August 29, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Of all of her many accomplishments (and there is quite the lengthy list), Beatrice Fox Auerbach was probably most proud of her role as a mother and, later, grandmother. Mrs. Auerbach had two daughters, Georgette and Dorothy. Georgette was born on May 14, 1916 when the family was still living in Salt Lake City, Utah…
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“My Holiday, 1949”

September 19, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

During each of her trips abroad, at least those taken in the latter part of her life, Mrs. Auerbach wrote detailed letters to her family to keep them informed about her activities. After each trip, these letters were typed and the pages bound to create books commemorating her experiences. The collection contains volumes from three…
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Moses Fox Club

October 17, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Because last week I wrote about the employee newsletter, Go-Getter, I thought it appropriate to quote from one of the early Go-Getters regarding the founding of the Moses Fox Club. The following excerpt is from the February 9, 1940 edition of the Go-Getter. Moses Fox Club Formed at Annual Dinner for Twenty-Five Year Employees At…
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Service Bureau for Women’s Organizations

October 24, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Today, October 24th, is United Nations Day and when I think about the United Nations, I always think about Eleanor Roosevelt because she was chairperson of the UN’s Commission on Human Rights. However, instead of writing yet another entry about Eleanor Roosevelt’s connection to this collection of G. Fox materials, I thought I would discuss…
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“Once Upon a Time…”

December 5, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

As I mentioned several months ago in my special “Happy Birthday, Beatrice” post, Beatrice Fox Auerbach often received birthday gifts from her employees. For her birthday in 1945, the employees from one of her departments presented Mrs. Auerbach with a book titled “Once Upon a Time…” that presents a minimalist’s version of her life story…
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The Tobé Award

December 12, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

In 1947, the same year that G. Fox & Co. celebrated its centennial, Beatrice Fox Auerbach was honored with one of retail’s most prestigious awards. At the 13th Annual Tobé Bosses Dinner, the fifth annual Tobé Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Retailing was bestowed upon Mrs. Auerbach “for demonstrating that a department store can…
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Christmas at Fox’s

December 19, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Beatrice Fox Auerbach may have been Jewish, but she was also an exceptionally adept businesswoman and, as such, catered to her mostly-Christian clientèle by turning her store into a virtual wonderland every Christmas season. The children’s department was transformed into Toyland, much to the delight of children all over Connecticut. And, of course, Santa Claus…
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An Auerbach Family Christmas

December 26, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

During the holiday season, Beatrice Fox Auerbach sent out Christmas cards as was the custom at the time, a practice that is widely continued to this day. In our collection of Fox materials, we have a scrapbook that contains the Christmas cards she sent to friends and associates between 1929 and 1966. All of the…
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Before Black Friday…there was G. Fox

November 29, 2013 · Collections ·

For decades now, the day after Thanksgiving has been referred to by many as “Black Friday”, the first day of the holiday shopping season. It’s a day of transition from a season of autumn and Thanksgiving to a season of holiday shopping and festivities; a day of drastic sales, crowds and madness at retail stores….
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An Olympic medal, a G. Fox Bracelet, and a Katharine Hepburn Costume

April 25, 2014 · CHS Buzz ·

So, yesterday, on behalf of the Connecticut Historical Society, I attended the Connecticut Conference on Tourism in Hartford. Firstly, it is inspiring to see the number of wonderful institutions across Connecticut that are so passionate about what they are doing. There was lots of learning opportunities with workshops about social media, using video content, reaching…
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g. Fox Chrsitmas time

CANCELLED.Remembering G. Fox & Co.: Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

February 5, 2016 · ·

CANCELLED. Due to the weather, the program has been rescheduled for next Friday, February 12 at 11:00 am.

Exhibit Tour of Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe

February 6, 2016 · ·

Join us for a guided tour of our Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World, & Her Wardrobe exhibition every Saturday at 2:00 pm.

g. Fox Chrsitmas time

RESCHEDULED.Remembering G. Fox & Co.: Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

February 12, 2016 · ·

RESCHEDULED. In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co in Hartford! This presentation will bring you back in time to Fox’s heyday and you’ll also learn about Beatrice Fox Auerbach, the remarkable woman who made every visit to Fox’s so enjoyable and set the standard for customer service. Exhibit tours of “Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe” available after the presentation at 12:00 pm.

g. Fox Chrsitmas time

Remembering G. Fox & Co.: Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

February 20, 2016 · ·

In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co in Hartford! In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co in Hartford! A 45-minute presentation by Joe Waxman, CHS Member & Volunteer, will be followed by Exhibit Tours of Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe at 2:00 pm. Refreshments provided.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

February 27, 2016 · ·

— SOLD OUT — Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

— SOLD OUT — Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

— SOLD OUT — Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Remembering G. Fox & Co.: Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

March 4, 2016 · ·

— SOLD OUT — In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co in Hartford! A 45-minute presentation by Joe Waxman, CHS Member & Volunteer, will be followed by Exhibit Tours of Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe at 12:00 noon. Refreshments provided.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

March 5, 2016 · ·

— SOLD OUT — Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

— SOLD OUT — Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Remembering G. Fox & Co.: Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

April 1, 2016 · ·

— SOLD OUT — In the 1950s, just about every major city had a landmark department store. In Connecticut, it was G. Fox & Co in Hartford! A 45-minute presentation by Joe Waxman, CHS Member & Volunteer, will be followed by Exhibit Tours of Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World & Her Wardrobe at 12:00 pm. Refreshments provided.

Discovering Beatrice Fox Auerbach: A Presentation by Laura Crow, UConn Professor of Costume Design

April 7, 2016 · ·

Laura Crow, Professor of Costume Design, UConn, will give a presentation focusing on the life of Beatrice Fox Auerbach and the development of the exhibition.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

April 28, 2016 · ·

— SOLD OUT — Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

G. Fox & Co. Tonka toy truck.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

April 29, 2016 · ·

— SOLD OUT — Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

G. Fox & Co. Tonka toy truck.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

G. Fox & Co. Tonka toy truck.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

April 30, 2016 · ·

Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

G. Fox & Co. Tonka toy truck.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

G. Fox & Co. Tonka toy truck.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: G. Fox & Co., Hartford’s Iconic Department Store

Come browse through the CHS’s collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

“Why did Eleanor Roosevelt visit Beatrice Fox Auerbach at Auerfarm?”: A Presentation by Historian Tracey Wilson

August 16, 2016 · ·

This presentation by West Hartford Historian Dr. Tracey Wilson explores the friendship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and G. Fox C.E.O Beatrice Fox Auerbach, and is co-sponsored by the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

November 9, 2019 · ·

** We’re sorry, this tour is sold out! ** Come to the CHS to see our collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products, from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

** We’re sorry, but this tour is sold out.** Come to the CHS to see our collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products, from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

November 30, 2019 · ·

** We’re sorry, this tour is sold out! ** Come to the CHS to see our collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products, from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

**We’re sorry, this tour is sold out!** Come to the CHS to see our collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products, from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

POSTPONED: Behind-the-Scenes Tour: Remembering G. Fox & Co.

March 14, 2020 · ·

**This sold-out event has been POSTPONED to July 11.** Come to the CHS to see our collection of G. Fox memorabilia, store displays, and G. Fox & Co. branded products, from scotch to toilet paper! Visit storage and collection areas not normally open to the public, and learn how the CHS preserves the stories of Connecticut.

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To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Connecticut Historical Society will temporarily close now through April 22. We will re-evaluate the situation at that time. All public programs and tours are canceled during this time. We hope to reschedule some of the events if possible.