New London County Historical Society, Inc.

11 Blinman Street, New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-443-1209

Upcoming Events

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

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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 […]

110, 2010

October Second Sunday ~ Search for the Northwest Passage with Anthony Brandt

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Search for the Northwest Passage with Anthony Brandt

Anthony Brandt, editor of the National Geographic Adventure series and author of The Man Who Ate His Boots: The Tragic History of the Search for the Northwest Passage, will be the speaker at the 10 October, Second Sunday lecture for the New London County Historical Society. Brandt’s book, published earlier this year, is a spell-binding read of the 19th-century search for a Northwest Passage from Europe to the Pacific.

The search for the fabled Northwest Passage was primarily carried out by the British Navy in the period following the Napoleonic Wars at a time when they seemed to believe they were invincible. The discovery of an all-water route to the Pacific above Canada became a goal for nineteenth-century British explorers that was equivalent to the search for the Holy Grail. Today we know how futile that search was as the passage was non-existent because the waters north of Canada were essentially icebound all year long, at least at that time. That didn’t prevent a parade of British mariners from challenging the ice in that incredibly hostile environment.

This summer, a team of archaeologists from Parks Canada set out to find some of the explorers’ sunken […]

309, 2010

NLCHS Annual Meeting ~ 12 September

By |September 3rd, 2010|Events Blog|Comments Off on NLCHS Annual Meeting ~ 12 September

The Debut of our New Classroom, plus:
 Jane Perkins Revealed
Please join us for the 140th annual meeting of the New London County Historical Society which will be held at the Shaw Mansion Sunday 12 September beginning with an hors d’oeuvres and wine reception at 4 pm followed by the business meeting at 5:15.
Following the business meeting Jennifer Emerson and Penny Havard will share with members the process and the research that went into creating the “persona” of Miss Jane Perkins.

Let’s say that “someone” has an idea to create a new first-person interpretive program for a unique historic site, that will “bring to life” an actual individual who once lived at the historic site. How do you make the idea into reality? How do you construct a life from the past? How do you make your interpretation of that individual believable? How do you create the clothes that will evoke the past, and position this individual in a certain time and place with a particular social standing and point of view? How do you create a setting where this person from the past would have an opportunity to be in conversation with people from the present? Come find out.

The “Tea with Miss Perkins” program was […]

1608, 2010

Rescheduled for the 29th — Turn Back the Clock ~ NLCHS Day at Dodd Stadium Features Vintage Base Ball

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Thames Base Ball Club Demonstation Fronts the CT Tigers Game
Due to Rain on the 22nd , This Event Rescheuled for
Sunday 29 August
 New London County Historical Society “Turns Back the Clock” Day at Dodd Stadium

11:35 — 1861 Rules Demonstration Base Ball Game Thames Base Ball Club v. Columbia Base Ball Club

1:05 — CT Tigers v Broklyn Cyclones
After the game — Kids get to run the bases and play catch and receive a free ball from Dick’s Sporting Goods

Free Benedict Arnold bobblehead to the first 500 ticket holders

Game Tickets $8 available at the Shaw Mansion and at the gate.
Call 860.443.1209

See you there!

508, 2010

Secrets of a Locked Trunk ~ A Visit with Miss Perkins and Family

By |August 5th, 2010|Events Blog|Comments Off on Secrets of a Locked Trunk ~ A Visit with Miss Perkins and Family

Call today to get your tickets: 860.443.1209
Miss Perkins and some of her family members will present a “first-person interactive performance with tea” over the last two weekends in August. Tickets will be available for both Saturday and Sunday late afternoon performances on 21 and 22 August and 28 and 29 August. In a variation on the “Tea with Miss Perkins” theme, the performance will be presented using the house and gardens as the setting for our story, and tea and period-appropriate refreshments will follow.

The setting for our story is 1876. Miss Perkins and her niece, Elinor, have been rummaging through the attic of the family’s ancient house. They’ve found a small locked trunk which obviously once belonged to a member of the family, but what lies within? With Mother’s permission (and with her curiosity aroused as well) they are determined to find out.

In 1876, the Shaw Mansion was home to Mrs. Nathaniel Shaw Perkins, her son Nathaniel Shaw Perkins, Jr., her daughter Jane Perkins, her granddaughter Elinor, (daughter of Mary Perkins Griswold who died in 1863), and two servants. In 1907 Jane Perkins sold the house to the New London County Historical Society to be its permanent home; by placing the story thirty […]

1006, 2010

“Live Urban New London!”

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June 19, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Tickets in advance $12; on the day of the event $15. www.newlondonlandmarks
Join New London Landmarks to explore the new and expanding urban amenities in New London on a self-guided walking tour.

Discover why New London’s urban dwellers love living downtown.

See for yourself why The New York Times recently lauded the city’s historic harbor and expanding art and music scenes.

Explore unique living spaces and a variety of independent businesses.

See the changes taking place along the beautiful Thames River and throughout downtown.

Stroll along the city streets at you own pace to visit tour stops listed in your LIVE URBAN PROGRAM.

Visit elegant new condos, homes created in historic buildings and the upper floors of downtown retail spaces.

Discover New London’s urban amenities: a yoga studio, interior decorator, artist studios, galleries and more, creating a new environment in the city, a great place to live . . .  to work . . .  and to visit.

2505, 2010

Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day ~ 27 June

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Sunday 27 June the Shaw Mansion joins with Connecticut’s Historic Gardens in celebrating Historic Gardens Day. Included in the regular admission price will be special tours and lectures. In the morning Connecticut Master Gardeners will provide tours of the Shaw Mansion Garden and will preview the new herb garden beds planted in front of the Root Cellar.

In the afternoon Miss Perkins and some of her friends from the 1860s will return to take over her garden. Miss Perkins will offer a guided tour sharing “the Language of Flowers,” and at the end of the day will they will portray a tableau vivant recreating Winslow Homer’s famous painting of a croquet match. Strawberry shortcake will also be available. It should be a lovely day to visit the garden.

Connecticut’s Historic Gardens is a collaboration of 14 historic sites across the state, each of which features the historic landscape as one of its attractions. Other sites close to New London include the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, and the Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford. For more information view the Connecticut Historic Gardens WebSite.

The Shaw Mansion, located near the intersection of Bank and Tilley Streets in New London, has been the home […]

3004, 2010

Governor Rell Proclaims Shaw Mansion Day

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Governor Rell proclaimed 30 April 2010 to be Shaw Mansion Day in the State of Connecticut and Congressman Joe Courtney dropped by to cut the ribbon as the New London County Historical Society celebrated the completion of a $60,000 project to add an accessible classroom and bathroom to the Shaw Mansion.

The project was made possible by support from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut, the Frank Loomis Palmer Fund administered by the Bank of America, and a matching grant from the State of Connecticut’s Historic Preservation Funds, administered by the Commission on Culture and Tourism.

New London County Historical Society President Deborah Donovan spoke of the difficulty of making some of our historic treasures accessible to individuals who have mobility problems and praised the State for their assistance. Rick Gipstein of Lindsay Liebig Roche Architects was the consulting architect on the project, and the contractor was LaBossiere builders of Norwich.