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On Saturday, October 3, 2015 the Haddam Historical Society will host “The Lost Forgotten Village- A Historic House and Site Tour of Haddam Neck” from 10 am to 4 pm. The tour will feature six historic homes dating from a 1790 Colonial style farmhouse to an 1875 Second Empire style sea captains home. Haddam Neck is a unique community separated from the main town by the Connecticut River and no bridge connecting them. Situated on a peninsula the Neck has been called “the last place God made, but it’s the one place you can’t get lost in, for there are only two roads and you will land back where you started.” Other locations on the tour include the 1822 Schoolhouse, 1874 church, historic cemetery, 1911 Haddam Neck Grange Hall and Rock Landing, the site of the Neck’s major wharf and shipbuilding area.

The tour will run from 10 am to 3 pm and tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 the day of the tour. The tour headquarters and check in is at the Haddam Neck Grange Hall 26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck, 06424 where participants will pick up their programs and directions. A homemade lunch will be available at the Haddam Neck School House by the local Ladies Aid Society.

Proceeds from the tour will go to the maintenance and upkeep of the Thankful Arnold House Museum and help support our educational programs and exhibits. For more information visit For reservations or questions email or call 860-345-2400.



Connecticut Open House Day
Saturday, June 13, 2015
12 Noon to 4 pm

Thankful Arnold House Museum,
14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam

Free Admission all day.




50 th Anniversary Celebration of the Thankful Arnold House

Saturday, June 20, 2015

11 am to 3 pm
Join us for a day of celebration, demonstrations,
food, fun, music and more!
Cake and champagne, presentations, crafts.

Thankful Arnold House Museum
14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam



Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day
Sunday, June 28, 2015
12 Noon to 4 pm
Thankful Arnold House Museum

Free Admission, craft, and light refreshments .


Summer Program at the Haddam Historical Society

 The Haddam Historical Society is pleased to announce its 10th annual summer program, “AWeek in the Life of an Early American Child,” offered for girls and boys ages 8-12. This year the program will take place Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Students will travel back in time to the year 1830 and spend the week with Mrs. Thankful Arnold and her family. All activities take place at the Thankful Arnold House Museum in Haddam, and they include caring for farm animals; carding, spinning and felting wool; creating a mini floor cloth; making butter; baking; playing with Colonial toys and games, and even dancing! The fee is $139 for the four days. The first three days, June 29, June 30 and July 1, will be half-day sessions (9 am to noon), and July 2 will be a full day session (9 am to 3 pm).

For more information and registration, go to . For questions, contact Sarah Neal, Education Coordinator, The Haddam Historical Society, at or call 860 345-2400.


Haddam Historical Society
Annual Meeting Program

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Town Hall/Brainerd Academy
21 Field Park Drive, Haddam

"Winning the Little League World Championship"

Longtime Higganum resident and retired HKHS teacher and coach, Phil Devlin, will offer a 60 minute Powerpoint presentation of his 1965 Windsor Locks Little League team’s road to the world championship in Williamsport. Four Connecticut teams have won the championship: Norwalk and Stamford in the early 1950s, Windsor Locks in 1965, and Trumbull in 1989. Over 6,200 all-star teams from all over the world competed for the championship in 1965 in a single elimination tournament. Windsor Locks was the only team not to lose a game. This year marks the 50 th anniversary of that win.




Pictured: Susann Costa, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee and H-K Senior, Jamie Little.

Haddam Historical Society Scholarship Award

On Monday, June 8, 2015 the Haddam Historical Society presented its third annual High School Scholarship Award at the Haddam-Killingworth High School Award Ceremony to Jamie Little. The $500 scholarship award was based upon scholastic standing, contribution to school, community activities and interest in history. Jamie will be attending Eastern Connecticut State University in the fall.


We are delighted to be able to help support the continued education of one of our community’s deserving students and advocate for the importance of history both locally and globally.



History Rally


Board member Dianne McHutchison and Executive Director, Elizabeth Malloy attended the History Rally at the State Capitol on April 8 where lobbied for importance of Connecticut's History and related funding. We also had a private meeting with our State Legislator Phil Miller.


The governor's proposed budget would devastate support for heritage and cultural organizations statewide. His plan would eliminate two-thirds of Connecticut Humanities Council budget, 75% of the Connecticut Trust's budget, and 60% of the Connecticut League of History Organizations' budget.

State money is re-granted by these respected statewide nonprofit groups to scores of organizations in Connecticut communities through a competitive process, based on merit.


Should these funds cease to exist, there would be no place for hundreds of nonprofit organizations across Connecticut engaged with history, humanities and preservation to go for essential financial support. Their work would be diminished and in jeopardy.

The Haddam Historical Society has benefited tremendously from many of these granting opportunities. We successfully completed the STEPs program offered by CT Humanities and CLHO and received grants for new signage and to conduct focus groups. The Connecticut Trust has given us a grant to address our space needs issues and CT Humanities has funded numerous important projects over the years. We are a stronger and more vital organization because of these organizations and granting lines and their support is irreplaceable. If you are interested in knowing more or helping to reinstate the funding please visit



Marica and Bob Reynolds

2014 Founders' Day Dinner

On Friday, November 7, 2014 the Haddam Historical Society held its 36 th Annual Founders’ Day Dinner at the Gelston House in East Haddam. The event honors the town’s founding fathers and mothers as well as the Native Americans from whom the Plantation at Thirty Mile Island was purchased for 30 coats in 1662.  

Each year, the Society bestows the Founders’ Day Award to a person who has performed an outstanding service to the Haddam Historical Society and contributed substantially to furthering the mission of the Society, which is to preserve, collect, interpret and promote the history and heritage of Haddam for present and future generations.

This year’s recipient Bob Reynolds has been chair of the house maintenance committee for a number of years and served on the Board of Directors between 2008 and 2014. He has overseen major improvements including the installation of a new security system and central air conditioning system which is important in protecting our collections and making the visitor experience more pleasant. He has battled ice dams, flooding and stuffed gutters. One phone call and Bob is there! His handyman skills and compassion for and knowledge of historic buildings have been a great benefit for the museum and organization. The Haddam Historical Society is fortunate to have such an extraordinary, dedicated volunteer.


Connecticut's Historic Gardens POSTER CONTEST!

Connecticut’s Historic Gardens group celebrates its annual statewide Historic Gardens Day in June. Artists are invited to submit artwork to be considered for a poster that will advertise the twelfth annual event on June 28, 2015. The contest connects artists with the beauty of Connecticut’s historic homes and their gardens. Feel free to explore the gardens in this group for inspiration.

Entry for the 2015 Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day Poster Artwork opens January 1, 2015 and closes January 23, 2015. The winning artwork will be selected by a jury of the Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Group and will be announced on February 2, 2015. The winning poster will be displayed in the Connecticut Historic Gardens booth at the Connecticut Flower Show in Hartford that runs February 19-22, 2015.

Eligibility: The contest is open to all Connecticut artists who work in oil, acrylic, or watercolor. Artists can submit up to three works of art. Please, no work should be previously published on the internet or other social media.

Rights: The winner will be awarded a prize of $250. The artist retains the right of ownership of the work of art, but allows Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Group the right to reproduce and distribute the image on a limited edition poster and other advertising materials to third parties. The artist also agrees to sign copies of the poster that will be raffled at each site and at the Connecticut Flower Show in February 2015.

Contest Rules and Application: For specific artwork and submission requirements information and an application, download the Poster Contest Application 2015 or contact Lea Anne Moran at








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