Contact Colchester Historical Society
Colchester Historical Society
PO Box 13
Colchester, CT 06415
If you seek research or services from the Colchester Historical, click this link to download the Colchester Historical Society Research or Services Request Form
Please use the Colchester Historical Society Research or Services Request Form to submit requests for research, reference information or services from the Colchester Historical Society. The Request Form allows us to better manage the increasing number of requests for information or services. We ask that all inquiries be submitted via email using the downloadable form. Please understand that we take all requests seriously, and that you will be given an estimate of the hours needed to fulfill your inquiry before work is begun. The Colchester Historical Society is an all-volunteer, self-funding organization with a limited ability to fulfill all research or service requests.
Colchester Historical Society members free qualify for 2 hours of free services and additional hours at a reduced rate. If you wish to become a member click on the “Join” button on our Home Page: link: http://colchesterhistory.org/
Additional research resources are listed below:
Connecticut Society of Geneologists: www.csginc.org. There are page links and with a membership you can access additional information.
Godfrey Memorial Library: www.godfrey.org. A full library dedicated to genealogy, history and biography. Also very helpful reference librarians.
CT State Library: www.cslib.org. They have a full card catalogue that indexes the Barbour Collection of Vital Records listed alphabetically by surname.
Historical Researcher for hire:
Donald E. Watts, Origins: Historical Research, 1021 King Lear Drive, Charles Town, West Virginia, 25414-4536, email: Origins.dew@Comcast.net
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.