New London County Historical Society, Inc.

11 Blinman Street, New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-443-1209

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2606, 2013

THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE — Wins National Award

By |June 26th, 2013|Connecticut and the War of 1812, New News|Comments Off on THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE — Wins National Award

NASHVILLE, TN—June 2013—The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that a collaboration of the New London County Historical Society, Mystic Seaport, the Stonington Historical Society, the New London Maritime Society, and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for The Rockets’ Red Glare—Connecticut and the War of 1812. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.

The Rockets’ Red Glare featured a “three-fold” approach to sharing the impact of the War of 1812 on the state, including an exhibition at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, a companion book published by the New London County Historical Society, and a website. While the exhibition closed in January 2013, the book is still available for sale from each of the partners in the project, and the website is available at “warof1812ct.org”. The exhibition showcased historical objects from each of the partners’ collections. The 12’ x 18’ American flag that flew over Stonington during the attack by the British navy in 1814, a treasured artifact in the Stonington […]

1408, 2012

Connecticut and the War of 1812 Website Launched

By |August 14th, 2012|Connecticut and the War of 1812, Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on Connecticut and the War of 1812 Website Launched

On the 200th anniversary of the declaration of war against Britain, the New London County Historical Society launched a new website “Connecticut and the War of 1812.” Available at: http://warof1812ct.org, the internet resource is a third component sharing information about this important turning point in the state and the nation’s history.

“THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE” commemorates the bicentennial year of the beginning of the War of 1812 and was created by a partnership of the historical society with Mystic Seaport, the Stonington Historical Society, the New London Maritime Society, and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. These museums and historical societies have worked together in creating a book which has just been released, and an exhibition which opened at the Lyman Allyn on Friday 6 July.

Edward Baker, Executive Director of the New London County Historical Society, describes the website as, “A little bit of the book, and a little bit of the exhibition,” whose aim is to share this information as broadly as possible. “If you search through most books on the War of 1812 and look for references to Connecticut you won’t find many. But if you look at our website and check just the listing of British ships stationed off of […]

2505, 2012

Book Launch for THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE

By |May 25th, 2012|Connecticut and the War of 1812, Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on Book Launch for THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE

THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE: THE WAR OF 1812 AND CONNECTICUT, Glenn Gordinier (primary author), with additional contributions from James Boylan, Meredith Mason Brown, Fred Calabretta, Frances M. Caulkins, James Tertius de Kay, Andrew German, Jerry Roberts, Nancy Steenburg, and Matt Warshauer

This new book published by the New London County Historical Society, will be celebrated at a reception and book-signing at the Shaw Mansion, 11 Blinman Street, New London, CT, Friday evening, 8 June, 4:30 to 6:30.
The book is accompaniment to the forthcoming exhibit: The Rocket’s Red Glare ~ Connecticut and the War of 1812, which will open the following month at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. Both projects are the result of a partnership between Mystic Seaport, the Stonington Historical Society,
the New London County Historical Society, the New London Maritime Society, and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, and have been supported by grants from the Connecticut Humanities Council and others.

Although the two projects are similar in name, they are not the same. The book attempts to provide a broader focus and to put what was happening in Connecticut within the larger framework of the war and international affairs. The exhibition is a bit more limited in scope, and shaped by […]

1805, 2012

RevolutionaryCT Letterboxing

By |May 18th, 2012|New News|Comments Off on RevolutionaryCT Letterboxing

The Shaw Mansion — Connecticut’s Naval War Office during the American Revolution — is one of several RevolutionaryCT sites participating in a letterboxing trail.

Interested in learning more about Connecticut’s role in the American Revolution? How about visiting 13 Revolutionary War sites in Connecticut and looking for clues to a hidden geocache? Would adding a little mystery and fun to your history visits be an engaging idea? Then check out the Revolutionary CT website and begin your quest to get all 13 stamps.

[To the right is your visual clue for the letterbox you’ll be able to locate at the Shaw Mansion.]

1705, 2012

Commemorating the War of 1812

By |May 17th, 2012|Connecticut and the War of 1812|Comments Off on Commemorating the War of 1812

Exhibits
The Rockets’ Red Glare ~ Connecticut in the War of 1812
Open 6 July 2012 at the Lyman allyn Art Museum
waroof1812ct.org
Web exhibit will be available soon
Books
The Rockets’ Red Glare: The War of 1812 and Connecticut, Gordonier, Glenn; New London, CT: New London County Historical Society, 2012
At the printers ….
Events
Book Launch, 8 June 2012 at the Shaw Mansion
Exhibit Opening, 6 July 2012 at the Lyman Allyn
Thames River Cruise, 20 October 2012 http://nlhistory.org/?p=1735

1105, 2012

Cabinet of Shells is Newest New London Mural

By |May 11th, 2012|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on Cabinet of Shells is Newest New London Mural

Cabinet of Shells at the Shaw Mansion
Shells collected by whalemen from around the globe during the 19th century decorate the “Whaling Office” exhibit at the Shaw Mansion. Thus it is totally appropriate for New London’s newest mural to feature a “Cabinet of Shells” mounted on the parking garage opposite Union Station.

Unveiling took place the day of the Food Stroll: Wednesday 16 May.

 

2404, 2012

Fall Cruise on the Historic Thames River

By |April 24th, 2012|Connecticut and the War of 1812, Events Blog, Fall Cruise on the Thames, New News|Comments Off on Fall Cruise on the Historic Thames River

Saturday 20 October 2012
Registration open and ticket sales now available. Call the Shaw Mansion at 860.443.1209 or register on line on our Constant Contact Registration Page.
Decatur’s Journey of Refuge

711, 2011

Back by Popular Demand ~ “Little Women” Returns to the Shaw Mansion

By |November 7th, 2011|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on Back by Popular Demand ~ “Little Women” Returns to the Shaw Mansion

Join us for a wonderful adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic story produced by Flock Theatre in the intimate setting of the Shaw Mansion Long Parlor. You’ll never view Christmas in quite the same way after sharing it with the March family as the story unfolds around you.
Preview Shows:
Tuesday, Wednesday, 3, and 4, January at 7pm.
Weeknight Performances:
Thursday and Friday, 5 and 6 January at 7pm; and Tuesday through Friday, 10 – 13 January at 7pm.
Weekend Performances: 
7, 8, and 14, 15 January, two shows each day 2pm and 7pm.
Pricing:
Ticket prices for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday performances are $25 for adults, $20 for children and seniors. Tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances are $35 for adults, $30 for children and seniors.
For Reservations and additional information:

Call the Flock Theatre Box Office at 860.443.3119

1209, 2011

Time and Again ~ Fall Foliage Cruise on the Thames

By |September 12th, 2011|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on Time and Again ~ Fall Foliage Cruise on the Thames

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Regular ticket price $60.00:

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Member ticket price $50.00:

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Available to members of the New London County Historical Society
and members of the Norwich Historical Society.

Pick up tickets at the gate on the day of the event. Tickets must be presented for complimentary beverage onboard.

Please park in the Water Street Parking Garage or in town; NO parking will be available on the Cross Sound Ferry lot.

Thank you!

207, 2011

Recent Acquisition

By |July 2nd, 2011|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on Recent Acquisition

A recent gift to the New London County Historical Society is this 1940s counter display for the Radway Dairy, a business that was located in New London. It’s a motorized advertising piece — the head of the cow goes up and down, as does the chicken, and the scroll in the middle rotates as well. It stands about 2.5 feet tall and is constructed of painted wood and sheet metal with paper images glued to the surface.