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.
Upcoming Events at Old Brick
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.