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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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“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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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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A Sign of Summer: The Mortlake House

June 27, 2013 · Collections ·

Summer travel time is almost here and I personally long for a road trip somewhere. In fact, by the time this is posted I will be in the mountains of West Virginia. At any rate, this wanderlust probably goes back to my childhood riding through southern backroads with my 3 siblings in a big old…
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“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.

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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.