News and Events
Haddam Historical Society is hosting
“Antiques and Uniques”
Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10 am to 3 pm
Whole Harmony Apothecary
1572 Saybrook Road, Haddam, CT
The event is free to the public
The marketplace will feature quality collectibles, antiques, vintage and a many other unique treasures. Highlights include estate furniture, antique books, vintage linens and all around great goods.
Whole Harmony a wonderful new “old-fashioned” herbal apothecary located in the historic Alpheus W. Tyler House will be open and visitors can shop for hand crafted artisan tea blends and accessories.
Also "Chillin' and Grillin'" will be serving hot dogs, water, cider to benefit the Haddam Historical Society Scholarship Award.
For additional information please visit www.haddamhistory.org or call 860-345-2400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The event will benefit the Thankful Arnold House Museum and Haddam Historical Society.
Mystery in the Midden
October 16 at 2 pm
Haddam Fire Station #1,
439 Saybrook Road, Higganum
Free and Open to the Public
Join the Haddam Historical Society and archaeologist Bonnie Plourde on Sunday, October 16 at 2 pm at the Haddam Fire Station #1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum to learn about the fascinating excavation that took place at the Thankful Arnold House Museum over the summer.
Connecticut Humanities awarded the Haddam Historical Society a generous grant to conduct six public programs focusing on the dig. The first five programs allowed participants to partake first hand in the excavation and learn basic archaeological procedures, excavating techniques and how to identify and catalogue items. The August and September digs drew people from all the state and of all ages. Many of the objects will be on display at the program.
In addition to Bonnie recapping the Haddam dig, the afternoon will also feature team members talking about their favorite finds and HHS board member, Stephanie Denkowicz comparing an archaeological dig in Egypt to the one in Haddam. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 860-345-2400 or visit www.haddamhistory.org.
||Quarry Hill & Chrysoberyl Knoll: The Minerals and Quarries of Haddam.
October 27, at 6:30 pm, Haddam Fire Station #1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum. Free and Open to the Public.
In 1838, a traveler wrote that Haddam is “a place known all over civilized earth, for the richness and variety of its mineral productions.” To show how its rocks and minerals made this little town so famous, this presentation explores 19th century literature, maps and personalities and uses modern maps and photos of quarries, stone, and fabulous mineral specimens to bring them to life.
Harold “Fritz” Moritz, a geologist from East Haddam and board member of the Geological Society of Connecticut will share his discoveries, research and photographs. Samples of famous Haddam minerals will be on display. Find out where the first chrysoberyl was found and solve the 200-year-old mystery of the first columbite locality. How are Haddam rocks connected to the infamous John Brown raid? And what the heck is the “Allen Vein” and why was it so important?
CALLING ALL ARTISTS!
Bringing Artists and Historic Gardens Together
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 fourteenth annual event in June 2017. 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.
Deadline for submissions for the 2017 Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day Poster Artwork is October 31, 2016. The winning artwork will be selected by a jury of the Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Group and will be announced before December 15, 2016. The winning poster will be displayed in the Connecticut Historic Gardens booth at the Connecticut Flower Show in Hartford that runs February 23-27, 2017.
Objective: The annual Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day in June attracts thousands of garden lovers from throughout the state and beyond. These gardens celebrate the centuries-old tradition of beautiful flower gardens, working potagers, and herb gardens. These beautiful gardens are set on the grounds of lovely historic homes and structures. The aim of this contest is to connect Connecticut artists with the beauty of Connecticut’s historic homes and their gardens.
Goal: Create a poster-size painting, in oil, acrylic or watercolor representing any one of the fifteen Historic Gardens in Connecticut. The rest is up to your imagination. Feel free to explore these historic properties and their charming gardens for inspiration. You’ll find a list of locations on this website, or you can pick up a brochure at any one of the sites.
Eligibility: The Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day Poster Art Contest is open to all Connecticut artists whose medium is oil, acrylic, or watercolor. Artists can submit up to three works of art. Please, only paintings that have not been 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. The poster will be displayed at the Connecticut Flower Show in February 2017.
Contest Application: Fill out the application online or download the application pdf. For more information, contact Lea Anne Moran at email@example.com.
“Hidden in the Midden”
Programs at the Thankful Arnold House Museum
Thursday, September 15 at 3 pm
Sunday, September 25 at 1 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 www.haddamhistory.org or call 860-345-2400.
|| Haddam Historical Society Annual Meeting Program
Fire House #1
439 Saybrook Road Higganum
SHAD FISHING IN HADDAM
Thursday, May 19, 2016 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.
6:30 PM Business Meeting
7:00 PM Presentation
Sunday, April 24, 2016
2 pm to 4 pm
Haddam Neck in Pictures
Haddam Neck Community Schoolhouse
480 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam, CT 06424
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
YOUNG MEN, GUNS & TERROR
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.
February 21, 2016
(snow date is February 28)
Thankful Arnold House Museum,
14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Founders’ Day Dinner
Celebrating the Haddam Historical Society’s 60 th Anniversary
Sunday, November 8, 2015
163 Route 81
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
Sauteed Sea Bass Milanese
lnvoltini Di Pollo-Stuffed Chicken breast
Vitello Alexander-Medallions of Veal
Salad~ Dessert ~ Coffee or Tea
$65 per person
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
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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 email@example.com