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The historical Hartford elks social club had minstrel shows as far back as the 1800s

HARTFORD–Visit a lodge where the good times never end, at least for some. Formed in 1868 as a social club for minstrel show performers, the “Jolly C...
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HARTFORD--Visit a lodge where the good times never end, at least for some.

Formed in 1868 as a social club for minstrel show performers, the "Jolly Corks," or the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, has evolved into a charitable organization, helping all manner of causes. But, it's the "social" aspect of the club that keeps the members returning, and some, from ever leaving.

On this week's Hidden History, photojournalist Mike Townsend takes us to the Hartford Elks Lodge.