Colchester Historical Society

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The Colchester History Museum will hold a Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, April 9th, 1:00 -4:00 pm.
Please join us for a Wine and Food Reception to help launch the new season.  The public is invited and we hope to see you there!

 

Antiques Appraisal Day

Saturday, May 7, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
at the Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester

Bring your treasured item(s) for a professional antiques appraisal.  Bring your collectibles, paintings, vintage toys, glass, ceramics, etc. experienced appraisers will be available. For large furniture items, please bring photographs and, if possible, a removable part, such as a drawer.  Scheduled appraisers are: Arthur Liverant and Kevin Tulimieri (both from Nathan Liverant and Son), Larry Shapiro, Paul Pomprowitz and Carolyn Yost.
Items will be appraised for $5 per item, or 3 items for $12.

Walk-in’s are welcome but reservations can be made by contacting us at: mail@colchesterhistory.org

 

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 SAVE THE DATE
FOR THE 2016 SPOOKY CEMETERY TOURS!  

October 21st and 23rd, 2016

The Colchester Historical Society will be offering two Spooky Cemetery Tours!  Tours will be held on Friday, October 21st, 5:30-7:00 pm and Sunday, October 23rd, 2:00-5:00 pm,  at the Colchester Burying Ground. The cemetery tours will highlight the living history of notable characters from Colchester’s past in consecutive forty-five minute tours on both Friday evening and Sunday afternoon. The historic Colchester Burying Ground, located behind Old Bacon Academy, is one of the finest graveyards in eastern Connecticut featuring the remains of many prominent citizens with stones carved by some of the finest area artisans.

Spooky Tour participants will meet the ghosts of some of Colchester’s most prominent citizens from long ago. Ghosts will be portrayed by members of both the Colchester Historical Society and the Colchester Community Theater.

The Spooky Tours will begin at the Colchester Burying Grounds gate behind the Colchester Hayward Fire Museum at 100 South Main Street. The Cemetery Tours are guided and recommended for both adults and families with children. All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Tour space is limited and advanced sales tickets are recommended.

Stay tuned for upcoming ticket information.

 

 

 

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A SENSE OF PLACE: POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST and MORE!

The Colchester Historical Society Museum will re-open for the season on Saturday, April 9th, 1:00-4:00 pm with a festive Wine and Food Reception! Museum exhibits highlight the rich history of Colchester with our newest exhibit of vintage postcards of notable Colchester buildings in a dynamic graphic display.  A wall map identifies the location of all of the structures on view.  Many structures have been lost forever, others are easily recognized and still others have been carefully restored.  All the images tell the story of Colchester’s past and it’s evolution into the town it is today.

Additional exhibits feature the History of the Bulkeley Family, the Story of the Zagray Family, the History of the Hayward Rubber Company and the Story of the Champion Family.

The Colchester Historical Society Museum will be open on Saturdays, 1:00-4:00 pm, from April until December. The museum is located at 24 Linwood Avenue in Colchester, adjacent to the Cragin Memorial Library.  Admission is free and there is ample free parking behind the museum.

 

THE TWENTY-FIFTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL ON THE GREEN

Saturday, July 23, 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

The Annual Festival on the Green will be held in 2016 and sponsored by the Colchester Lion’s Club. The Festival will be held on Saturday, July 23rd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with a rain date of Sunday, July 24th. The festival features events for the whole family including a quality Craft Show, craft demonstrations, a Fife and Drum Muster, music by the Colchester Regional Chamber Orchestra and a food court.


Exhibitors from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island bring a variety of arts and crafts including, woodworking, painting, pottery, clothing, jewelry and stained glass. At 10:00 am the Colchester Regional Chamber Orchestra performs in the gazebo on the Green, followed at noon by a Fife and Drum Parade and Muster sponsored by The Colchester Continentals.

The Colchester Lion’s Club will be offering delicious fresh food for breakfast and lunch.  For additional information please call 860 531-2010 or via email: craftshowmuster@gmail.com.

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The Colchester Historical Society has been selected to participate in StEPs-CT— a statewide, 26-month integrated program of professional development for smaller cultural organizations.

The program is based on the national Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs). Since its debut in 2009, StEPs has helped 585 institutions nationwide, including 27 in Connecticut.

The Colchester Historical Society was one of 23 organizations recently accepted into the program after a competitive application process. Support and training comes via curriculum based workshops; coaching from a dedicated mentor; and access to a Connecticut Humanities grant fund earmarked for initiatives related to achieving StEPs-CT program standards. Over the course of the program, the Colchester Historical Society will work to achieve certificates in six areas of museum practice.

StEPs-CT is a program of Connecticut Humanities and the Connecticut League of History Organizations, in partnership with Connecticut Historical Society, based on a curriculum of best practices developed by the American Association for State and Local History.

This is the second offering of the StEPs-CT program. From 2012-14, two dozen Connecticut organizations completed the program. They received some $45,000 in grants and earned 116 StEPs certificates—more than 40% of the total certificates earned by all participating organizations nationwide. Connecticut’s program was the first to integrate the national StEPs curriculum and is viewed as a model for similar programs across the country, according to Scott Wands, manager of grants and programs at Connecticut Humanities.

Other institutions participating in StEPs-CT are :Avery-Copp House (Groton), Cheshire Historical Society, Connecticut Valley Tobacco Historical Society (Windsor), Cornwall Historical Society, Danbury Railway Museum, Deep River Historical Society, Denison Society (Mystic), Dudley Foundation (Guilford), Essex Historical Society, Groton Public Library, Guilford Keeping Society, Naugatuck Historical Society, New Britain Industrial Museum, Newtown Historical Society, Salisbury Association, Smith-Harris House (Niantic), Stonington Historical Society, Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust, Weston Historical Society, Westport Historical Society, Wilton Historical Society, and Wood Memorial Library (South Windsor).

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides opportunities to explore the history, literature and the vibrant culture that make our state, cities and towns attractive places to live and work. Learn more by visiting www.cthumanities.org.

The Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) builds connections among those who preserve and share the stories and objects of our past. Learn more by visiting www.clho.org. 

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COLCHESTER COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER EXPO

The Colchester Historical Society will be participating in the Colchester Community Volunteer Expo on Saturday, April 2, 10:00 am-12:00 pm at the Cragin Memorial Library.  Please come visit our table at the Expo!

The Colchester Historical Society is a founding member of the Colchester Community Partnership.  The Colchester Community Partnership invites all community service, cultural, environmental, historical, educational, recreational, youth and social organizations and town service departments to join the Partnership.   The Partnership was createdwith a goal of creating better communication among local civic and community organizations towards more dynamic events, partnerships and attracting volunteers and to support each other in our endeavors.

To date, the Colchester Community Partnership has included representatives from the Colchester Business Association, Colchester Continental Fife and Drum Corps, Colchester Garden Club, Colchester Hayward Fire Company and Fire Museum, Colchester Historical Society, Colchester Land Trust, Colchester Lions Club, Colchester Rotary, C3: Collaboration for Colchester’s Children and Friends of Cragin Memorial Library, as well as representatives from Cragin Memorial Library, the Colchester Parks and Recreation department and First Selectman’s office.

 

Colchester History Museum Spring Opening Reception

Saturday, April 9, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Wine and Food Reception open to the public!

Please join us in celebrating the Spring opening of the Colchester History Museum.  Operated by the Colchester Historical Society, the museum offers four exhibit rooms housed in a historic house built in 1840 by the Reverend John Ballard.  The newest exhibit, A Sense of Place: Postcards from the Past features vintage postcards of Colchester mounted on a room sized map of town, giving viewers a “revisiting the past” experience.

Antiques Appraisal Day

Saturday, May 7, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
at the Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester

Bring your treasured item(s) for a professional antiques appraisal.  Bring your collectibles, paintings, vintage toys, glass, ceramics, etc. experienced appraisers will be available. For large furniture items, please bring photographs and, if possible, a removable part, such as a drawer.  Scheduled appraisers are: Arthur Liverant and Kevin Tulimieri (both from Nathan Liverant and Son), Larry Shapiro and Paul Pomprowitz.
Items will be appraised for $5 per item, or 3 items for $12.

Walk-in’s are welcome but reservations can be made by contacting us at: mail@colchesterhistory.org

 

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Colchester Historical Society Spooky Cemetery Tours

Coming in October 2016!

The Colchester Historical Society will be holding a Spooky Cemetery Tour at the Colchester Burying Ground. The cemetery tours will highlight the living history of notable characters from Colchester’s past in three consecutive forty-five minute tours at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 pm. The historic Colchester Burying Ground, located behind Old Bacon Academy, is one of the finest graveyards in eastern Connecticut featuring the remains of many prominent citizens with stones carved by some of the finest area artisans.

Spooky Tour participants will meet the ghosts of some of Colchester’s most prominent citizens from long ago. . The ghosts will be portrayed by members of both the Colchester Historical Society and the Colchester Community Theater.

The Spooky Cemetery Tours will begin at the fence behind the Colchester Hayward Fire Museum at 100 South Main Street. The Cemetery Tours are guided and recommended for both adults and families with children. The tours coincide with the Trick-or-Trunk event on the Town Green. All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a flashlight to enhance your experience.

Tour space is limited and advanced sales tickets are recommended. Ticket information will be posted prior to the event.

Your ticket includes refreshments at the nearby Colchester Historical Society Museum following each tour. In case of rain the program will be held at the museum. Contact us at: mail@colchsterhistory.org.

 

JOANN RIDDELL

The Colchester Historical Society is very sad to announce the sudden passing of our dear friend, fellow board member and Festival on the Green chairperson, Joann Riddell.  Joann was a tireless and enthusiastic supporter of the Society and for at least a decade sharing her expertise by spearheading our Annual Festival on the Green.  We will do our best to continue the Festival in her memory.JOANN

If you are, or wish to be, an exhibitor or food provider for the Festival, please contact us via the email associated with this web site: mail@colchesterhistory.org  Email is the preferred contact form, but if necessary call 860 608-1207 for additional information. The exhibitor application and information documents can be downloaded from the Festival on the Green web page.

Please help us to continue the tradition of the Annual Festival on the Green by supporting this important event.

We miss you already Joann.

 

Twenty-Fifth Annual Festival on the Green, Saturday, July 23, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

The Colchester Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Annual Festival on the Green will continue under the leadership of the Colchester Lion’s Club.  The 2016 event will be held on Saturday, July 23rd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The festival features events for the whole family including a quality Craft Show, craft demonstrations, a Fife and Drum Muster, music by the Colchester Regional Chamber Orchestra and a food court.

Exhibitors from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island bring a variety of arts and crafts including, woodworking, painting, pottery, clothing, jewelry and stained glass. At 10:00 am the Colchester Regional Chamber Orchestra performs in the gazebo on the Green, followed at noon by a Fife and Drum Parade and Muster sponsored by The Colchester Continentals.

The Colchester Lion’s Club will be offering a wide variety of breakfast and lunch items for Festival visitors. The rain date is the Sunday following the fourth Saturday in July. For additional information please call 860 531-2010 or email: craftshowmuster@gmail.com

If you are interested in exhibiting at the Festival on the Green please visit the Lion’s Club Festival on the Green site at: http://www.colchesterlions.org/hsCraftFair.html

Steps-logo

The Colchester Historical Society has been selected to participate in StEPs-CT— a statewide, 26-month integrated program of professional development for smaller cultural organizations.

The program is based on the national Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs). Since its debut in 2009, StEPs has helped 585 institutions nationwide, including 27 in Connecticut.

The Colchester Historical Society was one of 23 organizations recently accepted into the program after a competitive application process. Support and training comes via curriculum based workshops; coaching from a dedicated mentor; and access to a Connecticut Humanities grant fund earmarked for initiatives related to achieving StEPs-CT program standards. Over the course of the program, the Colchester Historical Society will work to achieve certificates in six areas of museum practice.

StEPs-CT is a program of Connecticut Humanities and the Connecticut League of History Organizations, in partnership with Connecticut Historical Society, based on a curriculum of best practices developed by the American Association for State and Local History.

This is the second offering of the StEPs-CT program. From 2012-14, two dozen Connecticut organizations completed the program. They received some $45,000 in grants and earned 116 StEPs certificates—more than 40% of the total certificates earned by all participating organizations nationwide. Connecticut’s program was the first to integrate the national StEPs curriculum and is viewed as a model for similar programs across the country, according to Scott Wands, manager of grants and programs at Connecticut Humanities.

Other institutions participating in StEPs-CT are :Avery-Copp House (Groton), Cheshire Historical Society, Connecticut Valley Tobacco Historical Society (Windsor), Cornwall Historical Society, Danbury Railway Museum, Deep River Historical Society, Denison Society (Mystic), Dudley Foundation (Guilford), Essex Historical Society, Groton Public Library, Guilford Keeping Society, Naugatuck Historical Society, New Britain Industrial Museum, Newtown Historical Society, Salisbury Association, Smith-Harris House (Niantic), Stonington Historical Society, Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust, Weston Historical Society, Westport Historical Society, Wilton Historical Society, and Wood Memorial Library (South Windsor).

Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides opportunities to explore the history, literature and the vibrant culture that make our state, cities and towns attractive places to live and work. Learn more by visiting www.cthumanities.org.

The Connecticut League of History Organizations (CLHO) builds connections among those who preserve and share the stories and objects of our past. Learn more by visiting www.clho.org. 

 

NEW EXHIBIT COMING SOON!

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A SENSE OF PLACE: POSTCARDS FROM THE PAST

In mid-April the Colchester Historical Society Museum will host an exhibit featuring images of notable Colchester buildings once featured on vintage postcards.  The exhibit will include a map of the center of town illustrating where these historic structures still stand, or once stood.  Some structures have been lost forever, others are easily recognized and still others have been carefully restored.  All the images tell the story of Colchester’s past and it’s evolution into the town it is today.

Please stay tuned for updates on this exciting new exhibit.

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