Societies News

October 6, 2011

AIA Congratulates Hartford Society on 100 Years

AIA’s CEO Peter Herdrich congratulates Hartford Society President Martha Risser (center) and Secretary-Treasurer Karen Menko on the Hartford Society’s 100th year.

On October 5th, the AIA’s Hartford Society celebrated its centennial with a festive reception and dinner in Hamlin Hall at Trinity College followed by the Borowski Lecture delivered by Professor Rosemary Joyce of the University of California, Berkeley, on the history of chocolate.

The Hartford Society, founded in 1911, was Connecticut’s first AIA Society and among the first 25 societies formed around the country. In the early days, lectures were held in members’ homes before moving first to the Hartford Seminary, then to Hartford College for women, then to Trinity College where they remain today. According to AIA Lecture Program Coordinator Laurel Sparks, “The Hartford Society has always maintained an open mind and avid curiosity about lecture topics, because of which, they’ve had among the most varied lecture subjects over the years.”

The trustees and staff of the AIA congratulate the Hartford Society, President Martha Risser, and Secretary-Treasurer Karen Menko for a century of commitment to the research, interpretation, and presentation of the archaeological record.

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