All CHS members are invited to attend our annual Garden Party in the gardens at Old Brick on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Bring finger food to share — either an appetizer or dessert. You may also want to bring chairs or a blanket. We’ll provide the beverages and merriment!
Upcoming Events at Old Brick
Author Peggy Adler will be signing copies of her new book about the history of Clinton in our library behind Old Brick on Wednesday, August 21, from 9:00 a.m. till noon. The book is titled “Images of America: Clinton” and it’s filled with historical photos from our archives as well as other sources. All sales benefit CHS. Drop in to support this fundraiser, and find out more about our extensive archives.
Once again, CHS will host the talented actors from the Shoreline Actors Collective Advanced Acting Troupe (a program from Kidz Konnection) for a free performance of “The Tempest” on Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11. All are welcome to picnic in our gardens before the outdoor performance begins. Bring blankets and chairs (along with bug spray!) and enjoy one of Clinton’s truly special summer events. The program is free with a suggested $10 donation.
Author Peggy Adler will be signing copies of her new book about the history of Clinton on Thursday, July 25, from 5-7:00 p.m. The book is titled “Images of America: Clinton” and it’s filled with historical photos from our archives as well as other sources. All sales benefit CHS. Please join us in the Museum Room in Town Hall for this event.
CHS will be participating in the statewide CT Open House Day on June 8, when dozens of cultural and historical museums throughout the state are open to the public, free of charge.
At Old Brick, we’ll be giving tours of the beautifully preserved historic 1750 Elisha White House which is filled with paintings and period furniture. Also open on our campus will be our historic gardens, the Buell Tool Museum, and the George Flynn Library where a diorama depicting how Main Street looked in 1915 is on display.
Open from 12:00-4:00.
Calling all gardeners — and hungry people! We’ll be holding our annual Memorial Day Plant Sale and Bake Sale on Monday, May 27 at Old Brick once again this year. It’s a great opportunity to buy unusual plants, many dug from local gardens. But it’s also a wonderful way to help CHS raise funds to sustain our beautiful gardens throughout the year.
If you’re willing to contribute plants from your own garden, please dig them up, divide them, pot them, label the plants so we know what we’re selling. Deliver your plants to the back porch at Old Brick by Sunday, May 26.
For those who are merely hungry, we’ll be selling baked goods on Memorial Day in front of Old Brick before and during the parade. Yum!
All members are invited to attend our Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper on Friday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. in Town Hall. Watch for an invitation in the mail, and please RSVP to let us know what you will be bringing – appetizer, entree, or dessert.
A preview of the new exhibit in the Museum Room will also be on view that night, featuring memorabilia from the Abraham Pierson School which is closing at the end of this school year.
For 100 years, three generations of the Lupone family ran the Clinton Department Store which is the topic of an upcoming lecture to be presented on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the Henry Carter Hull Library at 10 Killingworth Turnpike (Route 81), Clinton.
The lecture will be given by Peggy Lupone, wife of Mario Lupone who is a grandson of the original founder. With photos and stories that span several generations, Peggy Lupone will reveal just how central to the life of the town a small department store was, decades ago.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Clinton Historical Society and the Henry Carter Hull Library and is free and open to the public.
Lecture: “I give these books for the founding [of] a College in this Colony.”: The Founding of Yale University and its Library
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.
Each year, we serve sumptuous luncheons and dinners in our beautifully decorated historical house museum.
This year, the luncheons will be offered on Dec. 5 & 6 at noon and will be prepared by Mary Bovich and Faithe Mangler. The price is $20 per person.
Candlelight dinners, prepared by Chef Eric Ambler, will be offered on Dec. 7 & 8 at 6:00 p.m. Meals are served promptly so please arrive early! Dinners are $32 per person.
Reservations are a must as this event sells out quickly. To reserve, please specify which date you would like to attend and send a check payable to the Clinton Historical Society to:
87 Waterside Lane
Clinton, CT 06413
For further information you may call Mary Bovich at 860-669-5318.
Dress is festive and the event is open to the public.
Fires will blaze on the hearth, the house will be decorated for the holiday season, and warm cider will be just one of the tempting treats offered to all who visit the oldest brick house on the Post Road, the Elisha White House, nicknamed "Old Brick."
Check back for specific hours and more details in the fall.
Don’t miss out on our wildly popular Ghost Walks, held this year on Oct. 23 & 24 at 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 PM. The one-hour tours begin in “Old Brick” at 103 E. Main Street where a crackling fire welcomes guests and refreshments will be served. From there, groups will be led past some of the most haunted houses on Main Street with historic commentary provided along the route, followed by a visit to the historic Stanton House. Then it’s into the darkened graveyard, lit only by a few candles and the moon, where the ghosts of Clinton’s past await you.
Rain Date: October 25.
This popular event sells out quickly as space is limited. Tickets are $13 per person. Reservations are required and can only be made by sending an email to CHSOldBrick@gmail.com. Please give us your name, phone number, the date and time of the tour you want to reserve, and the number of tickets you need. PLEASE BE PATIENT — you will receive a return confirmation by email eventually. Payment is by cash or check, collected at the door on the night of the event.
Comfortable shoes are recommended as the terrain in the graveyard can be uneven. Guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight. Please let us know if you need to cancel your reservation, as space sells out and we maintain a waiting list. In the event of heavy rain, the event will be postponed and rescheduled for Oct. 25. We will post a cancellation message on this website as well as on the Historical Society’s answering machine.
Join us for a historical tour of Indian River Cemetery led by Bob Bruch, longtime board member and historian for the Clinton Cemetery Association. Bob will lead the group on a tour of some of the most historically relevant graves in the cemetery, including early Clinton settlers such as Abraham Pierson and Jared Eliot. Following the tour, cider and cookies will be served in the cemetery offices — the small white house to the right of the road leading in.
Parking is available at the firehouse and the First Congregational Church. Rain date is Saturday, October 13.
Croquet, anyone? How about a friendly game of bocce? Are you ready for a little badminton? Civilized games and cultivated refreshments will be part of the fun at our annual CHS "members only" garden party on September 9. This year, instead of asking members to bring appetizers to share, we are inviting you to bring a picnic for yourself and your family. We'll provide the beverages. Details to follow, but come prepared for some wicked competition...or do we mean wicket competition? Only thyme will tell.
Our annual free Shakespeare in the Garden, presented by Kidz Konnection, will take place on Saturday, August 11 at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m.. This year's talented group will perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
You are invited to bring a picnic, blanket, and lawn chairs for this event. Old Brick will be open for restroom facilities. Parking is available across the street from Old Brick in the parking lot at Steward's Ace Hardware. The program is free with a suggested donation of $10 to benefit Kidz Konnection.
Our annual Plant Sale and Bake Sale will be held on the grounds of Old Brick on Memorial Day, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Please stop by to check out the offering of lovely heritage plants that have been donated by gardeners throughout Clinton. It's an opportunity to find some very special items and to help our fundraising efforts at the same time.
All current CHS members are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting & Potluck Supper at 6:00 on Friday, May 4 in the Green Room in Town Hall. Please bring an appetizer, entree, or dessert. Champagne punch will be provided and you are encouraged to bring wine for the table. To RSVP, please contact Mary-Kelly Busch or email us at email@example.com
Free Program at HCH Library “Whistles Along the Shoreline: the Railroad in Clinton”
Join us at The Henry Carter Hull Library in Clinton on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6pm for a presentation titled “Whistles Along the Shoreline: the Railroad in Clinton”. This informative lecture will be presented by E.C. Schroeder. E.C. is a long-time member of the Clinton Historical Society with a particular interest in the architecture of railroad stations and their impact on communities. He first gave a version of this talk more than 10 years ago. Since that time, he has continued to conduct research and gather images. In his “day job” E.C. is the director of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University and has ridden the trains stopping in Clinton for more than 20 years.
In 1852, the railroad opened for the first time in Clinton and the town was never the same. The railroad passes through the center of town and over the past 166 years has influenced development and growth of the town. This illustrated talk will explore the arrival and impact of railroads on the development of Clinton. The talk will also discuss the ways the railroad changed over its long history in town, including the history of its 3 railroad stations, 2 of which still exist. The talk will use early photographs, maps, postcards, documents and pamphlets to illustrate the history of the impact the railroad had on the town of Clinton.
This program is co-sponsored by the Clinton Historical Society and is part of the CHS Victor and Lynnabeth Mays Lecture Series. Additional details can be found on the Henry Carter Hull website at www.hchlibrary.org and on the Clinton Historical Society website at www.clintoncthistory.org This program is free; no registration required.
NOTE: THE GHOST WALK ON WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN. THE THURSDAY, OCT. 26 TOUR WILL PROCEED AS PLANNED.
Chills and frights, along with a bit of history, await those who participate in the Clinton Historical Society’s annual "Ghost Walks.” This popular event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 26th. Three tours will be offered each night beginning at 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 p.m. Lasting approximately one hour each, the lantern-lighted tours will lead visitors past historic homes harboring ghostly secrets and spooky tales, eventually winding through the Indian River Cemetery with ancient burial grounds dating back to the 1600s! Guides will provide historic commentary along the route. Then the darkened graveyard, lit only by a few candles and the crescent moon, will spring to life with some of Clinton’s illustrious, long-dead characters portrayed by actors from the Kidz Konnection's advanced acting troupe, the Shoreline Actors Collective. A visit to the Stanton House with its possible ghostly occupants is also on the schedule for the night. Finally, guests will be able to tour the 1750 "Old Brick" and sample seasonal refreshments while enjoying the crackling bonfire outside.
This popular event sells out quickly as space is limited. Tickets are $13 per person. Reservations are required and can only be made by sending an email to CHSOldBrick@gmail.com. Please give us your name, phone number, the date and time of the tour you want to reserve, and the number of tickets you need. You will receive a return confirmation. Cash will be collected at the door on the night of the event.
The tours begin at the Clinton Historical Society, 103 E. Main Street, Clinton. Comfortable shoes are recommended as the terrain in the graveyard can be uneven. Guests are encouraged to bring a flashlight. Please let us know if you need to cancel your reservation, as space sells out and we maintain a waiting list. In the event of heavy rain, the event will be canceled and we will post a cancellation message on this website, as well as on the Historical Society’s answering machine. For information only, call 860-664-0900.
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.