Colchester Historical Society

The Colchester History Museum is a handicapped accessible building.

The Colchester Historical Society 2017 Calendars are now available and can be purchased locally or by mail.

The 2017 limited edition calendar is filled with historic Images of Colchester’s inns, hotels and resorts. Colchester has had a long history of lodging establishments. Initially hotels and rooming houses sprung up in Colchester to accommodate workers for the Colchester/Hayward Rubber Company, later Colchester became the Catskills of Connecticut hosting many summer residents.  The 2017 calendar is filled with rare images of these unique inns, hotels and resorts.

The Colchester Historical Society calendars are great for history buffs, senior citizens, students, and new residents to town.  In addition to unique images, the calendar has generous writing space to record those important appointments and birthdays. This indispensable and collectable calendar can be purchased for only $12.00.

The Colchester Historical Society 2017 Calendars can be purchased at the Colchester History Museum, Colchester Parks and Recreation, Copies Plus, Cragin Memorial Library, Louie’s Seafood Market, Mark’s United Auto Parts, Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques and Tim’s Bistro all located in Colchester.  In addition orders can be place via mail@colchesterhistory.org or by phone, 860 537-3588.

The 2017 calendars are a limited edition so purchase your calendar early.

Contact person, Gigi Liverant, 860 608-1207


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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 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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The Colchester History Museum is open on Saturdays, 11:00 am-2:00 pm from April to December.

In memory of our friend Joann Riddell

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

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

We miss you Joann.

 

 

 

 

 


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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. 

 

NEW EXHIBIT COMING SOON!

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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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