Special 150th Anniversary Talk

For Immediate Release

A Shopper’s Paradise Lost: Exclusively at New Haven Museum

New Haven, CT, March 15, 2013—“Meet me at the clock.” This simple phrase was understood by New Haveners as meeting at the corner of Chapel and Temple Streets, the main entrance to Malley’s department store and the location of the store’s clock. Department stores were more than just landmarks, they shaped a way of life in the city. Shartenberg’s, Malley’s and Gamble Desmond once dominated the streetscape along Chapel Street—until redevelopment came to the city, as it did throughout New England, in the middle of the 20th century. As part of the Museum’s 150thAnniversary lecture series, on Thursday, April 4 at 5:30 pm, Richard Longstreth, Professor of American Studies and Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at George Washington University, presents “The Department Store Transformed: New England 1950-1970.” Sponsored by Leland Torrence Enterprises.

In his lecture, Longstreth will explore ways in which department stores sought to reinvent themselves after WWII in order to remain competitive amid the rise of national chain stores and a customer base ever more removed from the traditional city center. In particular, he will focus on Hartford’s G. Fox and New Haven’s Church Street redevelopment area.

Richard Longstreth is Professor of American Studies and Director of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at George Washington University. His most recent book is The American Department Store Transformed (Yale University Press, 2010). His current work, Looking Beyond the Icons: A Legacy of Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism from the Recent Past is due to be released by the University of Virginia Press in 2014.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. The Museum is currently celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the Museum brings 375 years of New Haven history to life. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or education@newhavenmuseum.org.

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