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Colchester Historical Society Spooky Cemetery Tours

On Friday, October 21st and Sunday, October 23rd 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 continuous tours on Friday from 6-8 pm and on Sunday from 3-5 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 the Colchester Historical Society, the Colchester Community Theater and local citizens.

The Spooky Cemetery Tours will begin at the fence behind the Colchester Hayward Fire Company Museum on 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. Bring a flashlight to enhance your experience.

Tour space is limited and advanced reservations are suggested.  Tickets are $5 for an adult or $10 for a family. . Tickets may be purchased by calling 860-537-5596 or via email at mail@colchesterhistory.org.

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.

Join the Colchester Historical Society for programs that:
• explore Colchester’s rich past
• introduce you to community members with similar interests
• allow you to unwind, relax and learn something new about your town!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Colchester Historical Society is proud to announce the successful completion of StEPS-CT, or Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPs).

The Colchester Historical Society was one of 23 small cultural and heritage organizations which recently completed this intensive 2-year program.  CHS received support and training 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 achieved bronze and silver certificates in six areas of museum practice.  Through continued work on a self-study basis, CHS plans to continue to strive for gold certification in all StEPS Units.  “This is just the beginning,” said CHS Co-President Gigi Liverant, “we are so grateful for StEPS-CT for all that we’ve learned, and we plan to continue developing procedures and policies that establish Colchester Historical Society as the premier steward of Colchester’s history and heritage.”

“Our experience with StEPS-CT has been invaluable,” Angela George, Co-President of CHS added. “From improved signage that has increased visitation to the museum, to implementing current policies that guide our volunteers through daily operations, StEPS-CT has improved our organization.  We can now provide better programs to our community, and we are now better able to tell our audiences our local histories and preserve our heritage through our unique collections and images.”

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.  

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.

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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