Never before seen photos and maps from the Historical Society Archives available for purchase at Fundraiser

STRATFORD, CT, April 29, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — Mellow Monkey Gifts and Home Decor announced today that it will further its continued partnership with the town’s Historical Society by holding a Gallery and Sale of vintage maps, photos and memorabilia reproductions. The framed images which will be on display in an outdoor gallery at the store have been reproduced from the Historical Society’s archives.

Mellow Monkey owner, Howard Aspinwall approached Gail Liscio, President of the Stratford Historical Society in the Summer of 2020 with the idea to reproduce artifacts from the Society’s archives as a fund raiser for the organization.

“As a small business, it has always been a priority for us to support community organizations like the Historical Society. We are acutely aware of the challenges these organizations have faced in raising money during the pandemic. With the recent market demand for home décor, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to meet consumer needs for wall décor while helping the Historical Society raise needed monies for improvements and operations,” said Aspinwall.

Aspinwall met with Stratford Historical Society staff in the Fall to go through hundreds of maps, photos and drawings from their archives. “I spent several hours capturing vintage photographs of local trolleys, vintage maps of the greater Stratford area and vintage drawings including numerous images of aircraft built right in Stratford by Sikorsky Vought.” said Aspinwall. “The project is a very exciting one for both the store and the Society as it makes these artifacts that have been previously reserved for viewing only at the Historical Society’s library available for purchase. And a portion of the sale of each item goes directly to support the Stratford Historical Society.”

“We’re very excited with this project as it makes our archives more accessible to the public while giving the Society a new way to raise awareness of the town’s rich history,” said Liscio. “The gallery will certainly offer visitors the opportunity to take a walk down memory lane and if something they see resonates with them, their purchase will benefit the Historical Society.”

Visitors can view the framed images at the store on Friday and Saturday, April 30-May 1 from 10am-6pm and Sunday, May 2 from 11am-5pm. Visitors will be required to wear masks and social distance in the gallery area.

The Gallery and Sale will take place at Mellow Monkey Gifts & Home Décor, 360 Sniffens Lane in Stratford. For more information, or call the store at 888-300-0631.

Howard J Aspinwall, Owner
Mellow Monkey Gift and Home Decor
360 Sniffens Lane, Stratford, Connecticut 06615
Note: location of event is at this address
888-300-0631 store phone number
203-379-1860 office
[email protected]

Contact at Stratford Historical Society:
Gail Liscio, President
Stratford Historical Society
967 Academy Hill, PO Box 382
Note: this is NOT the location of the event (see above)
Stratford, Connecticut 06615
203-378-0630 office
[email protected]

Mellow Monkey is a home decor/design store located in the coastal town of Stratford, Connecticut with a reputation for supporting non-profit organizations in the community.

In an old warehouse, slightly off the beaten path where the Housatonic river meets the Long Island Sound, Mellow Monkey’s retail store shares space with it’s online fulfillment center.

Mellow Monkey offers on trend décor, home accents, and gifts featuring a curated blend of offerings from international designers to local artists. A popular statewide destination, Mellow Monkey never fails to live up to its reputation of being “anything but the ordinary.”

Located at 360 Sniffens Lane in Stratford, Connecticut and open 7 days a week.

The Stratford Historical Society preserves the history of the town of Stratford in the Catharine B. Mitchell Museum which exhibits Civil War, Native American and local artifacts, changing exhibits. In addition, the Capt. David Judson House (1750) is furnished with period accessories and furniture.

See permanent exhibits of Stratford history and changing gallery exhibits which feature items from the collections of the Stratford Historical Society. An extensive genealogy library is located in the office area of the museum and is available to the public.

Located at 967 Academy Hill, Stratford, CT 06615

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