A dinner-program at Gayle’s Farm Shoppe
Sunday, February 25, at 6 p.m.
Join us for dinner at Gayle’s Farm Shoppe as we learn more about Watertown’s industrial past. John Siemon, chief technical officer of the Siemon Company, will discuss the 115-year history and Connecticut roots of this Watertown-based global enterprise.
Tickets are $20 and include a traditional turkey dinner. There will also be a cash bar for wine and beer. Advance purchase only; no tickets will be sold at the door.
Tickets are available ONLINE HERE and at Gayle’s Farm Shoppe, the Watertown Library, or directly from one of the society’s board members.
Starting with his great-grandfather’s pioneering work in the new field of plastics and the innovative compound (dubbed “Connecticut River Mud”) that launched the “Siemon Hard Rubber Company” in 1903, and continuing through the company’s current status as a global technology leader, Mr. Siemon will highlight various stages in the company’s evolution.
And even as the Siemon Company enters its fifth-generation of family leadership here in Watertown, that company history may surprise you. Did you know that Siemon stamped millions of copies of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” album right here in Watertown? You might recall “Watertown LifeTime Dinnerware” and all its 1950s colors and patterns, but did you know that Siemon originally developed the line as unbreakable and stackable dishes for the US Navy? Since the early 1900s, if you’ve made a phone call, there’s a good chance that the signal passed through a Siemon product made right down the street. And today, every time you browse the internet, send a text or email, check your social media feed, or watch a streaming video, you may be relying on data centers that run on Siemon infrastructure.
In addition to Mr. Siemon’s presentation, examples of Siemon Company products will be on-hand, including an example of the original 1906 Siemon 3-Pole Connecting Block, a selection of LifeTime Dinnerware, and a wide assortment of the company’s current line of high-performance copper and fiber optic cabling systems.
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