Local Artist Receives Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award
he Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club is pleased to announce that Serena G.
Bates, Noank, received the Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award in the 115th Annual Open Exhibition at the National Arts Club, New York. The award was presented on October 28th at the annual awards banquet.
This is an exciting exhibition of art in a variety of media by women artists competing from all over the United States and is juried for acceptance, and The Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award is one of the most prestigious awards given at this exhibition. The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club is one of the oldest women’s art clubs in the country and was founded in 1896 in honor of Miss Wolfe, a prominent New York Philanthropist and an avid art collector. She was the only woman among the 106 founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Club’s original function was to provide aid and counsel to women art students who fi nd life in New York a struggle. In the 1950’s the club’s focus shifted to serving
Serena G. Bates, Noank, received the Leonard J. Meiselman Memorial Award in the 115th Annual Open Exhibition at the National Arts Club, New York on October 28th.
women artists of professional standing throughout the United States.
Club now organizes exhibitions, lectures, scholarships and other art related activities. Today’s members are represented in museums, galleries and prestigious art collections all over the world. To post your comments, visit
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Scrapbook Honors the Fallen War Heroes of Norwich
story & photo by Anna Trunsky
I t all started when Bahria
Hartman was a 14-year-old girl growing up in Norwich. World
War II had been brewing for two years, but so far the United States had only watched from afar with as the conflict spread and intensified overseas. Then the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the U.S. became directly involved in the bloody struggle that would rage on for nearly four more years. Two young men from Norwich - Michael Quarto and Harry Carlson - were stationed on the battleship U.S.S. Arizona and were among the 1,177 American lives lost that day; Bahria knew them personally. When articles about their deaths appeared in the Norwich Bulletin, she lovingly cut them out and pasted them in a scrapbook.
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This was the first act in a labor of love that continued through the First Gulf War. For 50 years, Bahria kept track of every serviceperson from Norwich who was killed in a war and memorialized them in her scrapbook with newspaper clippings; photographs, letters and poems provided by family and friends; and gold stars, American flags and the religious symbols of their faiths. All-in-all, the scrapbook, which consists of three volumes, commemorates the wartime sacrifices of 123 Norwich residents who served in World War II, 50 who served in Korea, 15 who served in Vietnam and a handful from the Iraq, or Gulf War. Bahria, who is of Lebanese
resident On the Street
Hannah Peil Mystic
“I teach my kids about the importance of this holiday and to thank all Veterans for their service.”
Lawrence Gerrish Groton “We go to the Elks fundraiser to help the Veterans.”
Clara Gerrish City of Groton “Our school makes cards and placemats for the Veterans.”
Bill Johnson Groton
“My family has many Veterans. I donate and thank them and their families for their service.”
Bahria Hartman proudly displays a photo of her father George Harb, in his WWI Infantry uniform, in Volume I of her Veterans’ Memorial Scrapbook.
descent, was born in Utica, New York and moved to Norwich as a young child when her father George Harb got a job at a wool mill. “I always felt a close tie to the military because my father served our country in the infantry in Germany during World War I,” she explains, showing photographs of her father who she included in the scrapbook. Bahria’s close ties to the U.S. Armed Services continued when she fell in love with Herbert Hartman, a young Navy man stationed at the Subase in Groton, at a Base dance. Herb, from Memphis, TX, attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander during his lifelong career in the Navy. “It’s interesting that my name in Arabic means ‘sailor’ or ‘navy,” Bahria says. “After I married my husband, we traveled the world for 15 years and then returned to the United States. We eventually moved to Norwich and I worked as a bookkeeper.”
Originally the scrapbook was in one huge volume, but time took its toll on the pages and it began to fall apart. The book was divided into three volumes and restored with the help of contributions made on the occasion of the Hartmans’ 50th wedding anniversary on September 7, 2007. Herb passed away the following February.
“The books are dedicated to the memories of my husband and father,” Bahria says. “I honor their service, as well as, the service of all those brave men and women who gave their lives for our country.” The Veterans’
Scrapbook is available for viewing at the Otis Library at 261 Main Street, Norwich. To post your comments, visit
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Alice Richter Groton “I send money to the Veterans.”
Lillian Hansen Groton
“I send out cards to my Veteran friends.”
Marcela Zegarra Groton “We pray for them and their families.”
Lisa Keilty Mystic
“I pray for them and thank them all .”
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