Events

2022

Spring 2022, an exhibit of Anna Louis James (1886-1977), and her niece, Ann Petry (1908-1997).

The Society is compiling memorabilia and stories from anyone who knew these two remarkable women and their pharmacy. “Miss James” was the first African-American woman to graduate from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in New York, the first female pharmacist in Connecticut, and the owner of the James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook.  Her niece, Ann Petry, was a noted writer of novels, short stories and children’s books.  Her 1946 debut novel, The Street, became the first novel by an African-American woman to sell more than a million copies.

You are invited to contact or email the Society with any items you may have, including photographs, written memories or miscellaneous memorabilia related to the pharmacy or these two notable women.

A Look Back

AUGUST HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR A GRAND SUCCESS

The annual House & Garden Tour fundraiser in August was a great success, bringing over 600 people into town to enjoy touring historic homes and gardens.

SEPTEMBER – JAZZ FANS FILL THE GARDEN

In September, the United States Coast Guard Traditional Jazz Band brought over 400 music fans to the Hart House Heritage Gardens for a free Sunday concert.

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