The Arcadia Historical Society hosts a small museum with rotating exhibits that highlight local history.  Their Summer, 2003 primary exhibit is "Remember our Name! Newark Businesses in an Advertising Frenzy, 1880 - 1960," but they have also initiated a rotating exhibit "Looking at Social Life in Arcadia".  At six week intervals, different local clubs will be featured.

Of particular interest to me was the small back room which houses just part of their collection related to the Charles H. Stuart Co. and two of its subsidiaries--Sarah Coventry and Caroline Emmons jewelry.  There are two display cases in this room.  One contains jewelry and the other contains examples of other products made over the years by various generations of the Stuart family.  The C. W. (Charles William, 1837-1923) Stuart & Co. was in the nursery business.  (Newark was also the home of Jackson & Perkins roses.)  Lyman Knight Stuart specialized in chemicals and cosmetics, including products sold under the Pitkin's and Linda Lee labels.  Charles H. developed a number of different product lines other than jewelry, including china.


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