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Norwalk Historian Shares His Memories Of City's Lockwood-Mathews Mansion

Ralph Bloom will discuss “From Warehouse to Landmark: A Personal Remembrance” June 8 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.
Ralph Bloom will discuss “From Warehouse to Landmark: A Personal Remembrance” June 8 at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk Municipal Historian Ralph Bloom will host a discussion, “From Warehouse to Landmark: A Personal Remembrance,” at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum.

In a PowerPoint presentation featuring vintage photos and a collection of memories that spans several decades, Bloom will share his interest in the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion from teenage years to adulthood. Illustrations will show the condition of the mansion at the time it had been slated for demolition through the clean-up and preparation for public viewing.

Driven by his passion for history and the arts, Bloom has had a wide variety of positions and received public recognition for his many years of dedicated service to his community. He was appointed municipal historian by the City of Norwalk, joined the board of overseers of Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, coordinated the photography for the book, “When Gentlemen Wore Hats,” authored by Dr. Deborah Wing Ray and Dr. Gloria P. Stewart, and was presented with the Distinguished Advocate for the Arts Award by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts for 40 years of volunteerism. Bloom is currently a trustee at the Norwalk Library.

This will be the first in a series of lectures by curators and experts in the field of Victorian era material life and the museum’s 50 years of history. The lectures are $25 for members, $30 for non-members per session. Price includes lecture, lunch courtesy of Best in Gourmet and a first-floor Mansion tour. Contact info@lockwoodmathewsmansion.com or 203-838-9799, ext. 4 to purchase tickets.

The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is at 295 West Ave., Norwalk.

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