Program to Highlight Legacy of Elizabeth Colt

HARTFORD — Does the name “Colt” trigger thoughts of armaments?  Ever wonder how “Colt” became synonymous with the arts and philanthropy?  By what measure can we truly understand the impact Elizabeth Colt had on the Hartford community?

Leadership Greater Hartford will help you answer those questions at its next Community Connections event on March 9 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 155 Wyllys Street in Hartford from 5: 30 p.m. to 7: 15 p.m.

The event will highlight  people and places that make our community special, organizers said. The is series will feature Elizabeth Colt: A Life of Art, Philanthropy and Civic Leadership.

Colt’s story is also the story of Hartford’s transformation from a part-time, government center and trade port on the Connecticut River, to a prosperous industrial metropolis.

Sam (1814-1862) and Elizabeth (1826-1905) Colt have been described as one of the “most alluring couples of the industrial age.”  In 1856, Sam married Elizabeth Hart Jarvis.  While Sam was known as an inventor and industrialist, Elizabeth was renowned for her philanthropy and her role as an institution builder and art patron. In January 1862, Sam Colt died, leaving his widow one of the wealthiest women in America. She became the sole owner of the Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Co.

Upon her death in 1905, Elizabeth Colt left to the Wadsworth Atheneum a collection of nearly 1,000 objects, artworks, and documents and a fund to build the Colt Memorial, the first American museum wing bearing the name of a woman patron. Her impact is remembered today in the parks, schools, museums, patriotic societies, agencies of poor relief, and the Episcopal Church, that all bear the imprint of her civic vision.

This Community Connections program is being hosted by the Church of the Good Shepherd which was founded in 1868 by Elizabeth Colt.

To register contact Maggie Irving at 860.951.6161 x15. The program is free to all Leadership Greater Hartford members and $15 for nonmembers.

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