Dine and Donate Opportunity!
An April surprise!
View this email in your browser
Spring 2017 Edition

The Mission of The Indian and Colonial Research Center is to preserve and make accessible to the public, the collected works of Eva Butler, and additional historical materials of the people of Old Mystic, Connecticut and surrounding areas

Dine and Donate

The Indian and Colonial Research Center invites you to join us for a unique Dine and Donate opportunity at two local restaurants:
     April 12, 2017 at the Breakwater Restaurant, 66 Water St, Stonington, CT.
     April 13, 2017 at the Steak Loft, Olde Mistick Village, 27 Coogan Blvd #24, Mystic, CT.

When you have lunch or dinner at the time and places above, J T Kodama Management Restaurants will donate 15% of the check's total to the ICRC. Just tell the wait staff that you are there for the ICRC Dine and Donate. Oh, and please do bring a friend!
(Dine and Donate sales cannot be combined w/other discounts or promotions)

Save The Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
Connecticut Open house Day
Each June, the Connecticut sponsors a one-day statewide event to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art and tourism to Connecticut residents.
Come visit the ICRC from 11:00 to 3:00 on this day and explore our Research Center! Board of Director members and volunteers will be on hand to "meet and greet" everyone.


An April Surprise on Fishers Island
By Carol Sommer, ICRC volunteer

Sketch from “Wreck of the- Thelma-Phoebe” by-R. Shanklin

            I was searching Past Perfect, the ICRC’s inventory system, for an article that would be timely for our spring newsletter. I guess I wanted tulips and daffodils, but instead I found one of Carol Kimball’s wonderful columns.* The topic is only tangentially relevant to the season, but it’s a dramatic story.
            When Prohibition went into effect, the 18th Amendment wasn’t universally popular and a whole industry sprang up to circumvent its enforcement. So it isn’t surprising that in April 1923, an accident involving large quantities of alcohol impelled Fishers Island residents to exuberant action.
            The Thelma-Phoebe, a British yacht owned by a wholesale liquor distributor, was transporting 2,400 cases of liquor from Nassau to Halifax. She wasn’t a rum-runner. Her captain, Harold Johnson, had no intention of unloading cargo at an American port, but some nasty weather overrode his plans.
            For several days torrential rains and gale force winds had wreaked maritime havoc up and down the east coast.  Somewhere off Montauk Point, the storm disabled the Thelma-Phoebe, snapping her rudder and rendering her impossible to steer.  On April 30th, the helpless ship was blown 35 miles across Long Island Sound and crashed on Fishers Island near Chocomount Beach.
            Tragically, the cook, Isaac Roberts, drowned trying to swim to shore; his body was found later and lies buried on Fishers Island. The rest of the 8-man crew made it to safety on a raft, and were housed for a time in the O’Leary Hotel on Green Street in New London. . 
            John Allison was the first islander to spot some whiskey bottles that had washed ashore. Word spread quickly and residents came out in force to help clear the beach. (Sources put the tally at about 300 people from a population of 500.) Soon people were wading into the water to retrieve - and consume - this windfall. Things became so rowdy that Coast Guard patrolman, Elias Miner, had to fire shots into the air to gain some semblance of crowd control.
            Afterwards the owner of the Thelma-Phoebe hired the New London salvage company, Richard C. Davidson, to search for the missing cargo. Davidson was only able to recover 869 cases out of the 2,400. The recovered spirits were stored in the Custom House while questions of jurisdiction – New York or Connecticut - were litigated.  
            So, here’s to spring and to the unexpected places you can travel when you start down one of history’s pathways.
*Come in and read Kimball’s article (and dozens of other equally enjoyable pieces) for yourself. This one is in ICRC scrapbook 3, page 3. It was published in The Day in May, 1989

  A Unique Volunteer Experience
-  Facebook Administrator

by Sharon I. Maynard, Board of Directors and Facebook Page Administrator


When I joined Facebook a few years ago, (about the same time that I began to serve on the ICRC Board), I was delighted to find many pages devoted to local historical societies, libraries, and old historic homes. I thought, what a great way to promote the ICRC! By becoming a Page Administrator for the ICRC we could send photos and updates about things happening at the ICRC and network with other organizations by sharing their pages of interest.
It was a little work in the beginning. I had to learn the basic rules and settings, but along the way I learned how to promote our page and boost a posting. I found how to link the page to our ICRC website so that people could access our online collections and read more about our organization and its mission.
Now that everything is up and running, I only have to spend a half hour or so a week checking our messages and updating the ICRC page with photos and articles. Here are some interesting facts gleaned from our page:
Most people are visiting the page during the evening hours, but we are receiving views as early as six a.m. with a small peak during the noon hour. (People in different time zones may skew that statistic.)
We currently have 892 “likes” or page members that receive information from our Facebook page in their newsfeed regularly. We reach even more people through members sharing our pages and by friends of friends viewing those member’s newsfeeds.
Our Facebook membership is made up of people from around the globe. The United States provides the most members, followed by the U.K., the Netherlands and Canada. Other countries include Norway, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Chile, Argentina, India, Canada, France, and Germany. There is even one reader from Serbia.
In our own country the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts make up most of the members for our page. Not surprisingly, a good number of our fans are from right here in Mystic and the surrounding towns, however, London, England also appears in the top ten of our list of towns with participants.
We reach people of all ages.  Most of our page members are 45 + years of age, although we have younger members as well.
Now for the lesson I have learned from this experience:
There are so many ways that you can volunteer for an organization. Anytime that you volunteer, be it a day or an hour, you make a big difference in the way an organization survives and grows.  By using a little imagination and thinking “outside the box” you too may think of some ways to contribute time and talent to the ICRC.
We thank you once more for your support!

You can find the ICRC Facebook page at:



  Welcome New Members!

The ICRC extends a warm welcome to our newest members:
Jane Bobruff, Kenneth Carr, Christine Murtha, Lee Morris,
Kitty McVitty and Howard Taylor. !


Copyright © 2017 The Indian & Colonial Research Center, Inc., All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp