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MRHS membership meetings are held in the Parish Hall of the Mystic Congregational Church, with doors opening at 7:00pm for refreshments and the program beginning at 7:30pm.  All membership meeting programs are free for MRHS members and are open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.

For more information, please contact MRHS at info@mystichistory.org or call 860-536-4779 during office hours.

 

2021-2022 Membership Meetings

December 1, 2021 - Dorothy Comingore: From “Citizen Kane” to Leading Lady of Lord’s Point, by Steven Slosberg

February 23, 2022 - Mystic Roots: How her local ties influenced philanthropist Mary Stillman Harkness, by Barbara Nagy

March 23, 2020 - Pirates, Whales, and Merchants: Franklin and the Sea, by Matt Novosad

April 27, 2022 - The Mystic River Bridge - Past and Present, by Jim Streeter

May 21, 2022 - Mystic’s Garden Cemetery: A Walking Tour of Elm Grove, by Marilyn Comrie

 

December 1, 2021 - Steven Slosberg

 

“Dorothy Comingore: From “Citizen Kane” to Leading Lady of Lord’s Point”

Dorothy Comingore was a Hollywood actress who landed a starring role in one of the all-time celebrated films, "Citizen Kane," playing Susan Alexander, the naive mistress and then brassy wife of Charles Foster Kane, played by Orson Welles. She was also a hapless opera singer. Dorothy Comingore was outspoken as well and her career, though successful through the 1940s, did not exactly flourish. However, in the early 1950s, it collapsed. She was deemed an "unfriendly witness" before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1952 and consequently was blacklisted. She not only lost her career but also custody of her two children and what was left of her well-being. She was accused of being an alcoholic, a Communist and arrested on a prostitution charge some believe was a setup because of her political activities. During a winter storm in 1957, she and a traveling companion took shelter at a restaurant and inn in Stonington Borough. Also there that evening was John Crowe, who ran a small general store and soda fountain at Lord's Point, a few miles up the road toward Mystic. Crowe invited the couple to his home at Lord's Point but after a few days, suspicious of the companion's behavior toward Dorothy, compelled the man to leave. Dorothy stayed. She would stay with John Crowe the rest of her life. She died here at age 58 in 1971.

Steven Slosberg grew up in Norwich and graduated from Norwich Free Academy.  He majored in history at Oberlin College, and began his journalism career at The Chronicle in Willimantic in 1973.  He worked for The New London Day from 1975 through 2007.  Steven currently writes weekly stories for The Westerly Sun and the Mystic River Press.