New London County Historical Society, Inc.

11 Blinman Street, New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-443-1209

1312, 2011

New London Goes to War ~ NLCHS Publishes Book by Clark van der Lyke

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New London during World War II was crowded, lively, and posed many challenges to its elected officials. New London Goes to War offers a glimpse into a time of blackouts, rationing, USO dances, and bootblacks. It has been culled from New London City Council minutes, letters to the City Council, City Manager, and Mayor, and a few long forgotten city records.

Clark van der Lyke held the position of New London City Clerk from 1983 until his retirement in 2001 and has delved deeply into the City’s records. Van der Lyke is a New London native, served in the Coast Guard, graduated from Central Connecticut State and worked in insurance administration before beginning to work as New London’s City clerk.

The 6 x 9 inch book is 78 pages long and sells for $11. Copies will be available at the Shaw Mansion after the beginning of January 2012.

Click here to purchase online on our secure website.

512, 2011

Back Together Again

By |December 5th, 2011|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on Back Together Again

Historical Society Purchases Missing Sections of Colonial Diary

Joshua Hempstead, a resident of New London born in 1678, kept a diary in which he recorded his work and the people he associated with every day. His manuscript from the period 1711 to 1758 (when he died) is about 700 pages long and was transcribed and published at the end of the 19th century by the New London County Historical Society. At that time though, on the completion of the project, one third of the document was returned to a Hempstead descendent and it hasn’t been seen since—until now. The missing one third was included in an auction in Stamford, CT, this summer and the New London County Historical Society was the successful bidder. “We’re overjoyed to have the diary complete once again,” stated Deborah Donovan, president of the historical society, “this is truly one of our greatest treasures.”

“There is simply nothing else quite like this diary, no other document provides such insights into colonial Connecticut,” says Patricia Schaefer. Schaefer led the effort to update the transcription of the diary to publish a new edition in 1999. Not having this center one-third of the original manuscript to refer back to was a […]