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Haddam Historical Society
Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 19, 2022

Haddam Fire Station #1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum
6:30 pm Business Meeting followed by Scovil Hoe Program at 7 pm

Free and open to the public

Saturday, May 21, 2022

8 am to 2 pm
Thankful Arnold House Museum, 14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT

Support museum activities and building maintenance


Haddam Shad Museum, 212 Saybrook Road, Higganum, CT
2022 Season

The Haddam Shad Museum will be open on Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm from April 3, 2022 to June 12, 2022. The Shad Museum, founded by Dr. Joseph Zaientz of Haddam Neck, focuses on the importance of the Shad fishing industry to Haddam and the lower Connecticut River Valley. Housed in the former Bill Maynard Shad Shack, the museum features many important and unique artifacts related to this once important local industry and is the only museum in the country solely devoted to shad fishing.

Shad Museum directors, who are knowledgeable with both commercial and sport shad fishing will be available to answer questions. Appointments encourage at 860-345-2400. Masks suggested.

The museum is located at 212 Saybrook Road, Higganum, CT behind the gas station. Free admission.


Children’s Summer Program at the Haddam Historical Society

The Haddam Historical Society is excited to announce the return of its annual summer program, “A Week 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 20 – Friday, June 24, 2022 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

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, crafting with wool and tin, making butter, baking, playing with Colonial toys and games, and even dancing! The fee is $139 for the five days with all materials and snacks included. Some scholarship funding is available.
For more information and registration, go to For questions regarding the program or scholarship information, contact Sarah Neal, Education Coordinator, The Haddam Historical Society, at or call
860 345-2400.

2022 Application

Web Site Grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County

The Haddam Historical Society is thrilled to announce it has received a $2500 grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County to update our website at The grant was made possible by the generosity of the Sherry and Herb Clark Family Fund, Kalayjian Family Fund and the Schoonmaker Family Fund.

The grant will help fund an improved and updated website for the Haddam Historical Society and Thankful Arnold House Museum to make it more accessible, mobile friendly, interactive and relevant. This will help the organization and museum generate support, share programming and collections, expand our reach and engage visitors to achieve our mission to preserve, collect, interpret and promote the history and heritage of Haddam for present and future generations.

The mission of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County is to improve the quality of life for the people of Middlesex County now and in the future by developing endowments, making grants that have impact, and assisting donors in meeting their philanthropic objectives. Our interests are your interests, including animal welfare, arts and culture, health and social services, education, history, the environment, civic improvements, recreation, and economic security and opportunity. We welcome conversations with good people who want to do great things. For more information, contact us at 860.347.0025 or



Haddam Historical Society
Receives CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities


Haddam, CT (January 11, 2021)-Connecticut Humanities, the statewide nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has awarded the Haddam Historical Society a $12,800 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant (CTCFOSG).

The grant is critical in allowing the Haddam Historical Society to continue operations and the Thankful Arnold House Museum to remain open. In addition, funding will help us to keep staff in the museum for visitors, research, and collections care. Funds will also be transformational by allowing the society to update its online presence and present more virtual programs and tours and to share the communities important and inspiring stories with a wider audience.

Executive Director, Elizabeth Malloy noted that this grant is critical to the survival of the society during these difficult times and that for the past two years they have had to cancel most programming and fundraisers. The funding will allow the society to improve its virtual exhibits and programs and maintain our ability to serve the community and public.

The Haddam Historical Society was one of 624 organizations in Connecticut that was awarded CT Cultural Fund support totaling $16M from CT Humanities. The CTCFOSG are part of the $30.7M of support allocated to arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits through CTH over the next years by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont. The CTCFOSG will assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public.

This grant was administered by CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

The mission of the Haddam Historical Society (HHS) is to preserve, collect, interpret and promote the history and heritage of Haddam for present and future generations in order to instill a pride of place, respect for the community and encourage broad public engagement. The Haddam Historical Society provides numerous activities including programs, events, exhibits and services for both adults and children which help them discover an understanding and respect for the town's heritage and previous generations. The group is also active in local preservation issues and documenting significant historic structures.

HHS operates the Thankful Arnold House Museum and Haddam Shad Museum and is a member of the Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail and Connecticut’s Historic Gardens.

About Connecticut Humanities
CT Humanities (CTH) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting

 About Connecticut Office of the Arts

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is the state agency charged with fostering the health of Connecticut’s creative economy. Part of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, the COA is funded by the State of Connecticut as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.




Higganum Landing
National Register Historic District

The Society is thrilled to announce that the Higganum Landing National Register District has been approved by the National Park Service (before shutdown) and is now official. This is the third National Register District in Haddam. The other two consist of the Haddam Center National Register District and Camp Bethel National Register District. The town has one individual listing on the National Register, the James Hazelton House.

Higganum Landing Nomination


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