Giving Thanks



Together with Trinity College professor Pablo Delano (at right) members of the Crouch family (from left is Doris Crouch and her children Jackie Lagana and Lance Crouch) meet to discuss a famous 1940 Thanksgiving Day photograph titled “Pumpkin Pies and Thanksgiving Dinner At The House of Timothy Levy Crouch, a Rogerene Quaker, Ledyard, Connecticut, November 1940” at the Austin Arts Center’s Widener Gallery on the Trinity campus in Hartford. The photograph was taken by Prof. Delano’s father, Jack Delano, who had been commissioned by the Farm Security Administration (FSA) to document rural life in the U.S. during the Great Depression. After recognizing the photograph in a CTNow insert announcing the exhibit of Jack Delano’s photographs, Lagana contacted Prof. Delano by email to give him the back story from that day 74 years ago. She indicates that the central figure in the photograph and the sole surviving member in the image, her Aunt Jane, is now 91-years-old and lives in Cromwell. Prof. Delano. invited Lagana and her family to meet with him and to view his father’s exhibit on the Trinity campus. Lagana says that Jack Delano graciously shared several other photographs with the family that he had taken that day. The exhibit “JACK DELANO | Photographer (1914-1997) | A Centenial Celebration Exhibition” can be viewed through March 14 at the Widener Gallery at Trinity College.
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