New London County Historical Society, Inc.

11 Blinman Street, New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-443-1209

Upcoming Events

2408, 2009

Annual Meeting 13 September

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NLCHS Annual Meeting 2009
Sunday 13 August at Fort Trumbull Conference Center
90 Walbach Street, New London

4:30 Reception, 5:30 Business meeting, 6 pm Wortman Presentation
Tickets $20 for members, $25 for others
Call Shaw Mansion 860.443.1209 to make reservations

Books will be available for purchase
New London and the Beginning of the Naval Air Corps
Everyone “knows” the history of how the New London Navy Yard became a submarine base after it was established by acting Secretary of the Navy Franklin Roosevelt in 1916. But how many of you are aware of the beginning of the Naval Air Corps and its connection to New London at the same time period? It’s time you learned—and the NLCHS Annual Meeting, Sunday 13 September, at the Fort Trumbull Conference Center, will give you the perfect opportunity. Marc Wortman, author of The Millionaires’ Unit, will be sharing the almost unknown story of how the Yale University Flying Club became one of the first flight wings of the Navy. His presentation, from 6 pm to 7, will follow a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres beginning at 4:30 and the annual business meeting. Call today 860.443.1209, to purchase tickets; members $20.

The Millionaires’ Unit is the story of a gilded generation of young men […]

2408, 2009

Last Home Game 30 August

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Sunday 30 August at Fort Trumbull
The Thames Base Ball club will host the Hartford Dark Blues for their last home game of the season on Sunday 30 August. The last two weekends saw a split match with the Bristol Blues in Bristol Rhode Island, and another split match (one win, one loss) with the Columbia Nine at Fort Trumbull.

Thames Base Ball Club 2009 Schedule
Sat 25 April v Bristol in NL
Sat 2 May v Newtown in NL
Sun 31 May v Waterbury in NL
Sun 7 June v Hartford away
Sat 13 June v Bridgeport in NL
Sat 20 June v Columbia away
Sun 12 July v Waterbury away
Sat 18 Jul v Newtown away
Sat 15 Aug v Bristol away
Sat 22 Aug v Columbia in NL
Sun 30 Aug v Hartford in NL
Sun 13 Sept v Bridgeport away

307, 2009

27 September – Tea and Tales with the Perkins

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~Tea and Tales at the Shaw Mansion~

A Living History Performance

The year is 1876…our Nation is 100 years old!

And you are invited to tea at the home of one of the most influential and respected families in the history of New London!

Come and meet Mrs. Perkins, the matriarch of the Perkins family and her daughter, Miss Perkins. As you enjoy tea and refreshments, they will share inspiring stories of their family with you and much more.

From family to fashion, from politics to patriotism, you’ll see in many ways how much times have changed…and how much they’ve stayed the same!

Experience the history of New London like never before!

Performance Dates:

August 9th & 23rd

September 6th & 27th

Limit: 20 seats per performance

$15 per person

For tickets call:

(860) 443-1209

Special Tea for Girls and their American Girl Dolls ~ Tuesday 11 August at 2:00 pm

$25 for a girl and her mother (or father) $10 each for additional girls (free admission for dolls)

2905, 2009

Vintage Base Ball 31 May

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Vintage Base-Ball at Fort Trumbull, 90 Walbach Street. The Thames Base Ball Club host the Connors of Waterbury in a match by the Rules of 1861. Games will begin at noon and run till around 4pm.


1905, 2009

Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day – Starr Street Hidden Gardens

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Sunday 21 June we celebrate the Shaw Mansion’s induction into Connecticut’s Historic Gardens, an association of the state’s premier historic sites with gardens interpreted as part of the visitor experience. From noon to 4pm, several of the Starr Street Association members will open their vest-pocket gardens, hidden behind their restored houses, to ticket holders as part of the event. $20 tickets will allow holders to visit Starr Street gardens, the Shaw Mansion garden, and they can enter for a drawing of Garden-themed door prizes at the Shaw Mansion — drawing will be held at 4pm.
These fourteen sites, scattered throughout Connecticut, offer visitors an opportunity to explore many types of gardens while visiting historic homes. On Sunday 21 June each location will participate in the sixth annual Connecticut’s Historic Garden Day with a variety of special events and activities. Other Connecticut Historic Gardens close by include: The Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme; Harkness Memorial State Park, in Waterford; and the Thankful Arnold House Museum in Haddam. For a listing of the other sites visit:

1105, 2009

New London Celebrates National Maritime Day

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The wide and deep natural harbor created by the Thames River has blessed New London’s commerce and helped to define the region from the beginning to the present.  Attractive to Native Americans as well as early colonists, the port town that developed here through the colonial period, thrived on the traffic entering this convenient harbor – with easy access to the Atlantic, but protected, just inside the eastern end of Long Island Sound.  From the privateering of the Revolution, to the days of whaling, to the industrialization of the later nineteenth-century, to the ship building and submarine base of the 20th century, New London’s dependence on the river is unique and overarching and should be remembered and honored.

But National Maritime Day has a more direct link to New London.  May 22, the day chosen to honor our Merchant Mariner Service – proclaimed by every president since Franklin Roosevelt – marks the date in 1819 when Captain Moses Rogers of New London began the first crossing of the Atlantic by a steam-powered ship.  He was ably assisted by a cousin, Stephens Rogers as his first mate, who later also served as captain.  Indeed, the first commemoration of National Maritime Day, in […]