New London County Historical Society, Inc.

11 Blinman Street, New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-443-1209


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2909, 2011

Historical Society Elects New Board Members

By |September 29th, 2011|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on Historical Society Elects New Board Members

 The 141st Annual Meeting of the New London County Historical Society was held Sunday 18 September. Five new members were elected to the Board of Directors, Deborah McCann Connors of New London, Barbara Lipsche of New London, Brian Cooper of North Stonington, Karyn Garside of New London and Jeffrey Nelson of Groton. In addition, two stepping off the board were honored for their service; Marilyn Davis, of Waterford, served on the board for more than two full terms; and Denis O’Brien, of Mystic, served as treasurer for the historical society for two years.

 Officers elected were: president, Deborah Donovan, New London; vice president, Nancy Steenburg, Mystic; treasurer, Frederick E. Burdick, Stonington; and secretary, Joseph Selinger, Stonington.

 Deborah McCann is a pastoral assistant at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church and a freelance writer. Barbara Lipsche conducts business liaison and website management for New London Main Street. Brian Cooper is a president of Deschenes and Cooper Architectural Millwork, and Early New England Restorations in Pawcatuck. Karyn Garside is a Branch Manager for Dime Bank in New London. Jeff Nelson is the Director of Community Development for Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut, in Norwich.

 A reception in the garden of the Shaw Mansion preceded the […]

2208, 2011

NLCHS Annual Meeting ~ 18 September 2011

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The Work of Women on the Home Front: Handwork and Organizing During the Civil War
Please join us for the 141st annual meeting of the New London County Historical Society which will be held at the Shaw Mansion, Sunday 18 September, beginning with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at 4 pm followed by the business meeting at 5:15.
Lynne Bassett, an internationally known expert on 19th century textiles, will be the featured speaker sharing her research on the work of Ladies Aid Societies in Connecticut towns during the Civil War.

During the business meeting of the society board members and officers will be elected. In addition to the usual reports, the board has recommended amendments to the bylaws which will be voted on by the membership. Please  go to NLCHS Proposed Bylaws Revisions 2011, a pdf document, to review and print out a copy of the “marked-up” revisions. These changes substantially update the current bylaws to contemporary legal standards.

The presentation will begin at 6 pm. Bassett, a textile and costume historian, is author of: Massachusetts Quilts — Our Commonwealth, and, Textiles for Clothing of the Early Republic, 1800-1850, and has worked as a curator of textiles for Old Sturbridge Village and the Connecticut Historical Society.

Regarding her […]

1606, 2011

Rick Spencer Sings the Hits of the ’60s (that is, the 1860s)

By |June 16th, 2011|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on Rick Spencer Sings the Hits of the ’60s (that is, the 1860s)

I’ m certain that you have sung a song by Connecticut-born composer Henry Clay Work, as it was he who wrote the song, “My Grandfather’s Clock,” in 1876. Work is just one of several professional composers who got their “big start” during the years of the Civil War.

On Wednesday evening 20 July, bring your lawn chairs and join us in the garden of the Shaw Mansion as Rick Spencer presents a program on the “Greatest Hits of the Civil War: America’s Earliest Professional Songwriters.” The garden gates will open at 6:30 pm and the show will start at 7:00, (we’re expecting a lovely evening). Members will be asked to make a donation, for others, the concert will cost $5. (We are also calling it the “Eve of Destruction” concert, as 21 July marks the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Bull Run.)

Rick was a long-time member of the staff of Mystic Seaport working as a chanteyman and as a member of the quartet, Mystic Seaport’s Forebitter. More recently he was site administrator at the Hempsted Houses and now serves as the executive director of the Dr. Ashbell Woodward House museum of the Franklin Historical Society. In addition to being […]

1606, 2011

26 June ~ Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day

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Come to the Shaw Mansion for Connecticut’s Historic Garden Day
Sunday 26 June join us at the Shaw Mansion for  Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day. Your $5 admission to the gardens will provide opportunities for learning and enjoying the garden in the current, or the 19th century. In the morning Susan Munger will host garden tours and there will be a presentation on the surprising connection between the Shaw Mansion gardens and one of the earliest proponents of  “modernist” landscape design, Christopher Tunnard, born in Canada, trained in England, and teaching at Yale after the Second World War.

In the afternoon, “Miss Perkins and friends” will entertain with period music, a “Language of Flowers” tour and perhaps a game of croquet.

There will be plants available for sale, and strawberry shortcake for everyone!

Open 11am to 3:30 pm.

505, 2011

Checkhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”

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Anton Checkhov’s, “The Cherry Orchard” will be the next “parlor theatre” play presented at the Shaw Mansion. A production of Flock Theatre, preview performances are being offered 10, 11, and 12 May, with the official show opening scheduled for 13 May at 7pm. Evening performances continue at 7pm on the 14th, and 15th, and then each evening from the 17th to the 22nd. Matinee shows are available at 2pm on the 14th, 15, and 21st.

Tickets start at $25, with a discounted price of $20 for the preview performances. Call Flock Theatre for tickets at 860.443.3119.

A special dinner theatre performance is scheduled for Thursday 19 May as a fund-raising event for the Historical Society and Flock Theatre. Dinner at Dev’s on Bank, plus the show, plus coffee and dessert at Dev’s during the intermission AND a donation for two of your favorite organizations costs $75 per ticket! For menu choices and reservations please call Flock Theatre at 860.443.3119.

102, 2011

Connecticut’s Jewish Farmers ~ February Second Sunday

By |February 1st, 2011|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on Connecticut’s Jewish Farmers ~ February Second Sunday

February’s Second Sunday program features Mary Donohue and Briann Greenfield, authors of a new book on Connecticut Jewish history. This book, the fourth in the Connecticut Jewish History Series from the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford, focuses on the lives of Jewish farmers in Connecticut and has been published by the Society with funding from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Co-edited by Mary M. Donohue, Architectural Historian with the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and Briann G. Greenfield, Associate Professor of Public History at Central Connecticut State University, A Life of the Land: Connecticut’s Jewish Farmers begins historically with the migration of Eastern European Jews through America’s cities and then to the Connecticut countryside. Why Connecticut? How did these immigrants operate successful enterprises with little or no farming experience? Who and what helped support and sustain them? The story of the resilience and perseverance of these Jewish farmers and how they impacted their communities is told through historical data, oral history interviews and unique photo essays.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at $25.00, and Mary and Briann will be available to autograph. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.
Date: Sunday 13, February
Location: Shaw Mansion, […]

1412, 2010

Police Record Book 1854-1880 Donated to Historical Society

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The police record book listing every individual arrested for a crime in New London beginning in 1854 and continuing through 1880 has just been donated to the historical society. Essentially rescued from the trash as New London Police headquarters was in the process of being moved from its North Bank (formerly Bradley Street) location to its new building on Union Street (now the Stanton Building) in the 1950s, the book is simply an amazingly rich source of information.

There is an abundance of drunkenness, keeping a house of ill fame, visiting a house of ill fame, breach of the peace, and obtaining liquor under false pretenses;  but in many respects it is surprising how quiet New London appears. The first page covers July, August and September of 1854 — there are only ten entries for all of August. But on that first page, two thefts were by boys, one nine years old, both of whom were sent to the State Reform School in Meriden for two years, their “term” and “place of imprisonment.”

There are a host of research projects that this one source can provide the data for. Although it’s doubtful we’ll ever know the difference between intoxication, drunkenness, common drunk, […]

1412, 2010

War of 1812 Exhibit Planning Begins

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The Connecticut Humanities Council has announced the award of a $30,000 grant to fund the planning of a bicentennial exhibit on the War of 1812 and its effects on Connecticut and the region. Scheduled to open just after Independence Day weekend 2012 at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, the exhibit will feature items from the collections of the Stonington Historical Society, Mystic Seaport, the New London County Historical Society, the New London Maritime Society, and the Lyman Allyn.

“The Rockets’ Red Glare,” will focus on important local events including Commodore Stephen Decatur’s naval fleet taking refuge in the Thames River to avoid the British, the bombardment of Stonington, and the effects of the British blockade. “The exhibit will showcase our own Star – Spangled Banner,” says Meredith Brown, President of the Stonington Historical Society, who led the effort to get the five museums to collaborate on the exhibit. The Stonington Battle Flag and a coat worn by a Stonington defender wounded at the battle will be a couple of the objects that will be featured in the exhibit.

Operation Sail 2012 (OpSail) is scheduled to host a tall ships event in Boston harbor over the 4th of July. They are currently in […]

1412, 2010

Holiday Reception Honors Volunteers

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Friday 17 December from 4 to 6 the staff and board of the New London County Historical Society invite you to a holiday reception in honor of our incredible volunteers.

Volunteers at the Shaw Mansion enter data, answer queries, scan photos, shelve books, paint, erect shelves, pull weeds, plan events, add hardware to paintings, play 1861 base ball, give tours, write books and essays, sell books, supervise the executive director, stuff envelopes, add labels, plant and prune flowers and plants, find artifacts, vacuum floors, help raise funds, and decorate for Christmas. Hope you can join us.

111, 2010

Captain Moses Rogers Gets His Due

By |November 1st, 2010|Events Blog|Comments Off on Captain Moses Rogers Gets His Due

John Laurence Busch, author of the just-released book, Steam Coffin~Captain Moses Rogers and the Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier, will be the speaker at the 14 November, Second Sunday lecture for the New London County Historical Society. The presentation will be given at the event room of the Harbor Towers, 461 Bank Street, in New London.

New London native son Moses Rogers gained his lasting renown as the captain of the first steamship to cross the Atlantic, this work details how that amazing feat was achieved. Rogers was not only the captain, but the champion as well, of the idea that such a venture was even possible. National Maritime Day, recognizing the contributions of America’s merchant mariners, is declared by the President each year on 22 May, the anniversary of Rogers’s departure from Savannah, Georgia, on his voyage.

“The greatest obstacle to building an ocean-going steam vessel in 1818 was overcoming the predominant doubt as to how such a craft could prevail against the incalculable, unpredictable powers of Nature at sea.” Fulton’s first successful steamboat venture was created on the Hudson River only eleven years earlier. Building a craft with the strength to cross the ocean seemed foolhardy at best and wasting […]