A Brief History of Connecticut Landmarks,
Formerly the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society
“To acquire and preserve for the benefit of the people of the State of Connecticut, and their posterity, real and personal property having scenic, artistic, historical, literary, educational, architectural and monumental, and other interest, to the public, and to aid in the preservation of such properties.”
In 1936, the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society was founded by a group of people interested in saving historic buildings, which represented nearly three centuries of Connecticut history, for the future. To achieve this goal, the Society proposed to appoint committees who would, in their neighborhoods, make a list of all existing buildings, their present condition, ownership and probable future, including photographs and such history as was obtainable. The Society further planned to furnish those in possession of old buildings advice as to proper restoration and such assistance as competent architects could offer as to practical preservation methods as well as design.
It was also planned to encourage the purchase and preservation of historic houses by local associations, to obtain for the Society by will or gift with proper endowment, such buildings as should be preserved, and to purchase outstanding examples which could not otherwise be saved. The Society felt that only by the interest and assistance of public-spirited people throughout the state can these things be accomplished. The dues for membership were kept low to insure to the association a large and diversified membership.
The founders of the Antiquarian & Landmark Society believed that there should be more to the objective than mere collection and preservation of material things, no matter how worthwhile those things in themselves may be. The principal objective was to capture and retain for posterity the atmosphere of wholesome and substantial living which always has been Connecticut. The Founders wished that no one would look at a Connecticut landscape without the realization of its natural bounty or study an old building without actively visualizing the life which has gone on in and about it. “If we can capture the picture of the fundamentals of that way of living, if we can preserve it, if we can make this speed-mad world pause to understand and even to like it, what higher purpose can the Society serve.”
Source: The Quarterly Newsletter of the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society, Inc. of Connecticut, Volume I, Number I, June 1937