“I give these books for the founding [of] a College in this Colony.”:
The Founding of Yale University and its Library
As many Clinton natives know, Yale University’s earliest classes were taught right here in Clinton at the parsonage of Abraham Pierson, the first rector and president of what was then called the Collegiate School. At the college’s inception in 1701, a collection of books was considered to be of the utmost importance for the founding of a school. Each of ten ministers personally donated books to create the intellectual reservoir that would become one of the world’s most prestigious libraries.
CHS’s own Vice President and Past President E. C. Schroeder, the Director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, will present a talk about the history and founding of Yale, detailing the importance of books as the very essence of an institution of higher learning.
Please join us on Thursday, February 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Henry Carter Hull Library at 10 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton, for a lively presentation followed by a question-and-answer session. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Clinton Historical Society and the Henry Carter Hull Library. It is free and open to the public.
CHS Visits the Little Red Schoolhouse
On August 28, a group of CHS board members toured the Little Red Schoolhouse on Cow Hill Road and made plans to help the Department of Public Works decide how to restore the interior so that residents can visit this historical gem. One hundred years ago, this property was the site for the town's annual 4th of July picnics. Wouldn't it be fun to revive that event? The teacups and china are ready and waiting in the cabinets.