Upcoming Events at Old Brick
Join us at the Henry Carter Hull Library in Clinton on Monday, April 10th at 6:00 p.m. for a step-by-step guide to researching your family’s genealogy. Beth Mariotti, Executive Director of Godfrey Memorial Library, will present an overview of the process, resources, and tools researchers use to discover their family histories. New researchers will learn how to get started, what information is available, how to find it and how to use it. More experienced researchers will benefit from tips on search methods and helpful websites and databases, including Ancestry.com Library Edition which is available free at the HCH Library.
This program is co-sponsored by the Clinton Historical Society and the Henry Carter Hull Library in Celebration of National Library Week and is part of the Victor and Lynnabeth Mays Lecture Series. This program is free; no registration required.
A history of timekeeping in New England will be presented on Sunday, February 26 at the Henry Carter Hull Library by Bob Frishman, curator and owner of Bell-Time Clocks, an antique clock restoration service in Andover, Massachusetts. Frishman has repaired over 7000 clocks and sold over 1700 vintage timepieces. He is a Fellow of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers in London, UK. Frishman lectures regularly about the history, science and culture of mechanical timekeeping and has authored many articles on the subject. Information will also be provided about some well-known clocks around Clinton, including clocks in the Stanton House, Old Brick and the Town Hall.
Attendees are encouraged to bring in their own antique clocks and/or watches to gather more information about these historic timepieces.
This lecture will be the first in the Victor and Lynnabeth Mays Lecture Series, named in honor of their many contributions to the Clinton Historical Society. The lecture is free and open to the public.
A free tour of the Beinecke Library at Yale is being offered to members only. This is a rare chance to see tour the library with Librarian E.C. Schroeder and to view some of the "treasures" of the library including Abraham Pierson's schoolbook, letters between Jared Eliot and Benjamin Franklin, and early maps of Connecticut.
Space on the tour is extremely limited. To reserve a spot, send an email to CHS at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations are limited to two people per registration. You will receive a confirmation email before the event.
Directions will be provided to those who are registered.
Chills, frights, and a bit of history await those who attend our annual Ghost Walks which will once again feature the popular cemetery tours by lantern light. Guests will visit inside the 1791 Stanton House, learn about haunted homes along Main Street, and see Clinton's long-dead characters come back to life in the dark of the Indian River Cemetery. Tours of Old Brick will also be available that night, while a crackling fire awaits visitors outside. Inside, refreshments will be served. Wear comfortable shoes, as the terrain in the cemetery can be uneven.
The cost is $13 per person. Reservations are required, and the tours fill up quickly. To reserve a place in a tour at 6:00, 6:30, or 7:00 p.m. on either October 26 or 27, please email CHSOldBrick@gmail.com. Be sure to leave your name, the time and date of the tour you wish to attend, and how many spots you wish to reserve. You will receive a return confirmation before the night of the tour. Cash payment collected at the door.
Once again, our beautifully decorated historic house will be open for memorable meals during the holidays. The luncheons will be offered Dec. 9 & 10. Candlelight dinners will be served on Dec. 11 & 12. Check back later this year for details about how to reserve.
New this year, the Ghost Walks will feature visits to historically haunted private homes! There will be three tours each night: 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. Reservations are essential, as the Ghost Walks sell out quickly. To reserve a spot, please email email@example.com and give us your name, number of tickets, date, and time of the tour you would like to join. You will receive confirmation by mid-October.
A new exhibit titled "Genealogy Through the Family Bible" opens officially today in Andrews Memorial Town Hall from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a reception held to commemorate the event. The exhibit demonstrates how family Bibles are a rich source of history that can tell us much about the past lives of Clinton residents. Bibles on display include those from families named Meigs, Hull, Burrows, Fox, Elliot, Stevens, Bailey, Crane, Kelsey, and more. The exhibit may be viewed any Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.