Posts Categorized: History

A History of Gifts

It is the giving season, and I am sitting in my office thinking about the many phases of giving here at Klingberg Family Centers. We have an incredible history of thousands of people donating from the very first days in 1903 until today. We owe our very existence to these wonderful folks. Rev. John Klingberg,… Read more »

Cornerstones Capture History

Klingberg Family Centers is full of rich history, and some of that history is quite literally built into our walls. The construction of our main building was begun ninety-eight years ago almost to the day in 1920. Like many buildings, its cornerstone contains a time capsule of various knickknacks. Among them are autographs from many… Read more »

Klingberg’s WWII Veterans

During World War II, mothers with sons serving in the military would hang a flag with blue stars to represent each family member in active duty. A gold star signified one who had given his life in service to his country. Klingberg had one of these flags to honor those who entered the military from… Read more »

The Potato Donations

There are many stories from throughout Klingberg’s history of how the generosity of friends and strangers has supplied the needs of the children in our care. One remarkable case is that of the farmers in Maine who donated from their potato harvest every year for 40 years! In the annual report of 1911-1912, Rev. John… Read more »

Ground Broken 60 Years Ago

Sixty years ago this week, in September 1955, the local newspapers carried the news of a groundbreaking ceremony at the Klingberg Children’s Home. Depicted by a cartoonist in the New Britain Herald as a fast-growing child, buttons nearly bursting from his shirt, the Home was in need of additional space to house children. The building… Read more »

Cornerstone Laid 95 Years Ago

This week we’re traveling back in time to July 25th, 1920—ninety-five years ago this weekend. On that bright summer Sunday, the cornerstone was laid for what is now the main building of Klingberg’s New Britain campus. Hundreds of people were in attendance for the event, including the children for whom the home was being built…. Read more »