Bells have long been expected to alert listeners that something is happening. Yet they are frequently valued not only for their sound, but as quiet icons of remembrance. Silent bells can ring loudly in our imaginations.
Historically, and into the present, bells have called people to worship or public meetings. They’ve warned of fires and other emergencies, and announced weddings and funerals. They’ve called us to visitors at the door or on the phone and awakened us from sleep. But in these days of electronically produced buzzers, beepers and ringtones, we hear bells less and see them more. Once hidden in steeples and mechanisms, they are increasingly incorporated into monuments dotting Connecticut’s landscape.