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Historic Houses of the Connecticut River Valley

Sunday, March 26, 2023
2 PM

Haddam Fire Station #1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum, CT

Alain Munkittrick, architect, architectural historian, and historic preservationist will talk about his new book Historic Houses of the Connecticut River Valley. He has curated historic images of many important and architectural significant dwellings found from the Canadian border to Long Island Sound along with extensive research to create a fascinating look at important cultural landmarks.

Haddam buildings are some of the buildings highlighted.

Free to HHS members, suggested $5 donation for non-members.


Winter Woolies IS BACK!

Knitting Circle at the Thankful Arnold House Museum
January 22. 2023
February 5. 2023

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thankful Arnold House Museum

14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT

Do you have a knitting or needlework project that has been sitting around waiting for you to finish it? Join Beth Hartke to work on that neglected piece or start a new one and enjoy the company of others with NO modern-day intrusions. Registration is required, since space is limited. Admission is free.

For further information call Lisa at Haddam Historical Society 345-2400 or



Haddam Historical Society/Thankful Arnold House Museum Receives
CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities

HADDAM, CT (January 4, 2023) —The Haddam Historical Society was recently awarded a $8100 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities (CTH). CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public .

The grant money will be used to support our organization by

Grow and maintain our ability to serve the Haddam community and the public
Improve and upgrade our website, information technology and digital infrastructure
Create additional family and child friendly programs and activities
Diversify our audience by upgrading tours and program offerings

Executive Director, Elizabeth Malloy noted that the grant will help “us craft a compelling experience for both the online and in-person visitor, which is relevant, educational, and entertaining.

The Haddam Historical Society was one of 725 organizations in Connecticut receiving a CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant. Totaling more than $8.5M, these grants are part of a two-year, $30.7M investment in arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont.

This CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant is provided to Haddam Historical Society from CT Humanities, with funding from the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

About the Haddam Historical Society

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, to instill a pride of place, respect for the community and encourage broad public engagement. The Thankful Arnold House Museum is a historic house museum dating from the late 18th century located in the village of Haddam, Connecticut along the Connecticut River and is a member of the Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail and Connecticut’s Historic Gardens. The Society is also responsible for the Haddam Shad Museum which is dedicated to the preservation of shad fishing history in the Connecticut River Valley.

 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 and the National Endowment for the Arts.




Connecticut’s Historic Gardens
Announces Winner of 2023 Poster Contest


Connecticut’s Historic Gardens is pleased to announce artist Christopher Thelin of Farmington, CT as the winner of the 9th annual Historic Gardens Day Poster Art Contest. “Stanley Whitman House” is a pen and watercolor depiction of the garden on the west side of the house. Mr. Thelin states: “ While it isn't the biggest historical garden in Connecticut (or even in Farmington!), The Stanley-Whitman House garden is meticulously cared for and provides a place for quiet contemplation and refuge. This depiction is based on an afternoon visit my wife and I made a few years back. It was during a difficult time in the pandemic, but we came away a little better for having spent time there. I hope to convey the variety of colors, flowers, herbs, and life that we saw that day, and a reminder that even when things are tough, this world still has beauty and goodness worth cultivating."

This contest gives local and regional artists a chance to showcase their talents while advertising CT Historic Gardens Day, an important, statewide event. The group began the contest to encourage Conn ecticut artists to visit and capture these historically significant homes with beautiful gardens. They hope that these sites will provide inspiring subjects for their art.

Along with a cash prize, the winning artist receives widespread exposure – at each of the 16 Connecticut’s Historic Gardens throughout the year and at Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day, an event that attracts garden lovers from throughout the state and beyond. This year’s Historic Gardens Day takes place on Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 12-4 pm; visit  for details on activities offered at each site.


Christopher Thelin is an engineer at Pratt & Whitney by day, but loves painting and co-authoring children's books in his spare time. He grew up in Virginia, went to school in Utah, and now he and his wife Rachel love exploring Connecticut with their little dog, Louie. He also has lifelong obsessions with books, the outdoors, and dinosaurs.



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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