The first in one more occasional series. My friends Connecticut Explored editor and publisher Elizabeth Normen and Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward have teamed with others for “Grating Nutmeg.”
Based on the inaugural podcast, I predict huge success: It will inform, entertain, and challenge listeners. It should also spread Connecticut history throughout the nation. Aside from facts and dates and people and places, “Grating Nutmeg” has already begun to answer the question “What lessons can history teach us about our lives today”?
During the approximately twenty-minute ‘cast, local historian Ed Tollman explained why the Lebanon green and surrounding buildings remain classically pristine and gorgeous. It was thanks to a modest millionaire whose family ties go back to the American Revolution. Hugh Trumbull Adams gave vast sums to rescue structures and maintain them.
This descendant of governors also enlisted the help of local residents, even those who couldn’t donate money. His notion of “in-kind service” should apply to every philanthropic endeavor. Mr. Tollman spoke proudly of the part he played as a boy in helping to transport and unload bricks that were used in the restoration work. Besides demonstrating the benefits of community participation, Mr. Adams’ efforts also illustrate how all it takes is one person to make a huge difference and to inspire others.
Because of the vivid images evoked, I would hope that the homepage of the ‘cast will link to Connecticut Explored so people see pictures of the places and people under discussion.