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“Hidden in the Midden”

Programs at the Thankful Arnold House Museum
Thursday, August 25, 3 pm to 6 pm
Saturday, August 27, 1 pm to 4 pm
Sunday, August 28, 1 pm to 4 pm


The Haddam Historical Society will host a series of programs focusing on the current archaeological dig at the Thankful Arnold House Museum. The recently discovered midden (trash deposit) was uncovered this spring on the location of the historic Arnold Family barn along Hayden Hill Road.

Participants will join team members and partake first hand in the excavation to learn basic archaeological procedures, excavating techniques and how to identify and catalog items. The programs will provide a glimpse into the rubbish of an early “middle-class” Connecticut River Valley family who occupied the property from 1794 to 1962. The dig is being led by archaeologist, Bonnie Plourde and the programs are being funded by a generous grant from CT Humanities.

The programs are free and open to the public. The museum is located at 14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT 06438 and ample parking is available at the Town Hall and Town Office Building behind the museum on Field Park Drive. Three more programs will follow in September. For additional information please visit or call 860-345-2400.


Haddam Historical Society Annual Meeting Program

Fire House #1
439 Saybrook Road Higganum


Thursday, May 19, 2016
6:30 PM Business Meeting
7:00 PM Presentation

Join the Haddam Historical Society for an evening of Shad and Stories. Stephen Gephard, Supervising Fisheries Biologist of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will talk about shad and their history in the Connecticut River. This will be followed by a panel of local shad fishermen including Jack Calhoun, Rob Nettleton, Fred Hartke, DaleDeCarli, JB Lundgren, Dick Williams and of course Dr. Joseph Zaientz of the Haddam Shad Museum. They will reminisce about night fishing, reaches, and shad shacks. Free and Open to the Public. Light Refreshments.


Sunday, April 24, 2016
2 pm to 4 pm
Haddam Neck in Pictures

Haddam Neck Community Schoolhouse
480 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam, CT 06424


Join the Haddam Historical Society for a slide show/PowerPoint presentation of historic photographs of Haddam Neck from the archives of the Society as well as personal collections of long-time residents including Walter Olsen. Photos will also be on display.

We invite you to enjoy and comment on some of these never-before-seen photographs. We also invite Haddam Neck residents to share their photos of the Neck prior to 1980. Admission is free. For additional information call 860-345-2400 or email

Whole Harmony Apothecary Tea Tasting
Sunday, April 17, 2016
3 pm to 5 pm
$10 per person

Join the Haddam Historical Society for a visit and tea tasting at Haddam’s wonderful new “old- fashioned” herbal apothecary.. Located in the historic Alpheus W. Tyler House, herbalists Stacey Wood & David Soule will share their story and passion for herbal plant medicine. Space is limited. Call 860-345-2400 for reservations.


Thursday, March 3, 2016 *7 pm
Higganum Community Center * 7 Candlewood Hill Road *Higganum, CT
A talk about Haddam’s most infamous (yet unknown) hometown boy, John Cook and his time in Kansas with abolitionist John Brown and his army.
Cynthia Goetz, owner of the Cook Homestead in Haddam, has been researching the dashing John Cook and his story for years and recently visited Kansas to learn about his time there before his move to Harpers Ferry and the raid on the Arsenal. Join us to hear more about this handsome, reckless, impulsive man and the fanatical movement he joined.


Felting Workshop
February 21, 2016
(snow date is February 28)
1 pm
 Thankful Arnold House Museum,
14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT

Cost $15

Needle felt a 5x7 landscape "painting"

Vivienne McGarry, fiber artist, of Cold Goats Farm in Haddam Neck will lead a workshop to create a felted landscape suitable for framing.
For this workshop attendees are asked to bring pictures of landscapes (photos, paintings or drawings, the more the better) with elements they would like to incorporate in their felted picture. The museum will also have examples available for you to use.
This project isn't made up in kit form. All the supplies will be provided for you to finish your painting in class.
Valentine's Day Craft
Sunday, February 7, 2016
1 pm
Thankful Arnold House Museum, 14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT

Join the Haddam Historical Society to create a homemade Valentine for that special person using paper craft, quilling or decoupage. All materials will be supplied by the museum. Cost is $4 per person. To register call 860-345-2400 or email

The Haddam Historical Society invites you to Winter Woolies

Sunday, January 17, 2016 and Sunday, January 31, 2016

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. Admission is free.


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



2015 Founders’ Day Dinner

Celebrating the Haddam Historical Society’s 60 th Anniversary
Sunday, November 8, 2015

La Foresta
163 Route 81
Killingworth, Connecticut

Traditional Five Course Italian Feast

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Cocktails and Appetizers
Followed by Dinner

Calamari, Antipasti, Fried Risotto Balls, Smoked Salmon

Penne with Vodka Sauce
Rigatoni Pommadoro

Entrée Selections
Sauteed Sea Bass Milanese
lnvoltini Di Pollo-Stuffed Chicken breast

Vitello Alexander-Medallions of Veal

Salad~ Dessert ~ Coffee or Tea

$65 per person
Cash bar

R.S.V.P. by November 4, 2015



Historic Photographs of
Haddam, Higganum and Haddam Neck
Sunday, November 15, 2015
2 pm to 4 pm

Haddam Fire Station No. #1
439 Saybrook Road, Higganum, CT 06441


Join the Haddam Historical Society and community members to view historic photographs of Haddam, Higganum and Haddam Neck from the archives of the society as well as personal collection of long -time resident Sue DeCarli and others.

We invite you to enjoy and comment on some of these never before seen photographs and help us identify some of our “mystery” photos.

For additional information call 860-345-2400 or email











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