New London County Historical Society, Inc.

11 Blinman Street, New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-443-1209

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2305, 2011

Shaw Mansion to Participate in Blue Star Museums

By |May 23rd, 2011|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on Shaw Mansion to Participate in Blue Star Museums

The New London County Historical Society is one of more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer 
NEW LONDON, CT – Today New London County Historical Society announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

 In welcoming local military personnel, Historical Society president Deborah Donovan stated, “The Shaw Mansion is particularly connected to the local Navy and Coast Guard facilities as it served as the Naval Headquarters for Connecticut during the American Revolution. We can tell the story of state navies and privateers and their role in the Revolution with objects you can find nowhere else.” For examples she noted the Shaw Flag — a rare American Flag from the American Revolution — and treasures captured as prizes by Shaw privateers, including a Goddard tea table and silver service intended for […]

2401, 2011

NLCHS Announces History Day Scholarship

By |January 24th, 2011|New News|Comments Off on NLCHS Announces History Day Scholarship

The Board of Directors of the New London County Historical Society is pleased to announce that students from New London County who actively participate in the National History Day competition in Connecticut are now eligible for a $1,000 scholarship offered by the Society. The award will recognize the New London County student who advances furthest in the senior-level National History Day competition with a submission focused primarily on a topic of New London County history. National History Day Competition in Connecticut is supervised by the Connecticut Historical Society and will occur in phases during March, April and June 2011 at the District, State and National levels.

Please print the pdf announcement for information on eligibility, topics, criteria and registration.

Eligible Participants:  You must be attending and in good standing at a public, private, or home high school in New London County (Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12).

Program Competition:  You must actively participate in the 2011 National History Day Program competition, “Debate & Diplomacy in History:  Successes, Failures, Consequences” in any of the following categories (documentary, paper or web site).  In order to be eligible for this scholarship, your specific topic must focus primarily on persons or events that occurred in New London County.

Criteria […]

508, 2010

Secrets of a Locked Trunk ~ A Visit with Miss Perkins and Family

By |August 5th, 2010|Events Blog|Comments Off on Secrets of a Locked Trunk ~ A Visit with Miss Perkins and Family

Call today to get your tickets: 860.443.1209
Miss Perkins and some of her family members will present a “first-person interactive performance with tea” over the last two weekends in August. Tickets will be available for both Saturday and Sunday late afternoon performances on 21 and 22 August and 28 and 29 August. In a variation on the “Tea with Miss Perkins” theme, the performance will be presented using the house and gardens as the setting for our story, and tea and period-appropriate refreshments will follow.

The setting for our story is 1876. Miss Perkins and her niece, Elinor, have been rummaging through the attic of the family’s ancient house. They’ve found a small locked trunk which obviously once belonged to a member of the family, but what lies within? With Mother’s permission (and with her curiosity aroused as well) they are determined to find out.

In 1876, the Shaw Mansion was home to Mrs. Nathaniel Shaw Perkins, her son Nathaniel Shaw Perkins, Jr., her daughter Jane Perkins, her granddaughter Elinor, (daughter of Mary Perkins Griswold who died in 1863), and two servants. In 1907 Jane Perkins sold the house to the New London County Historical Society to be its permanent home; by placing the story thirty […]

1006, 2010

“Live Urban New London!”

By |June 10th, 2010|Events Blog|Comments Off on “Live Urban New London!”

June 19, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Tickets in advance $12; on the day of the event $15. www.newlondonlandmarks
Join New London Landmarks to explore the new and expanding urban amenities in New London on a self-guided walking tour.

Discover why New London’s urban dwellers love living downtown.

See for yourself why The New York Times recently lauded the city’s historic harbor and expanding art and music scenes.

Explore unique living spaces and a variety of independent businesses.

See the changes taking place along the beautiful Thames River and throughout downtown.

Stroll along the city streets at you own pace to visit tour stops listed in your LIVE URBAN PROGRAM.

Visit elegant new condos, homes created in historic buildings and the upper floors of downtown retail spaces.

Discover New London’s urban amenities: a yoga studio, interior decorator, artist studios, galleries and more, creating a new environment in the city, a great place to live . . .  to work . . .  and to visit.

3004, 2010

Governor Rell Proclaims Shaw Mansion Day

By |April 30th, 2010|Events Blog|Comments Off on Governor Rell Proclaims Shaw Mansion Day

Governor Rell proclaimed 30 April 2010 to be Shaw Mansion Day in the State of Connecticut and Congressman Joe Courtney dropped by to cut the ribbon as the New London County Historical Society celebrated the completion of a $60,000 project to add an accessible classroom and bathroom to the Shaw Mansion.

The project was made possible by support from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut, the Frank Loomis Palmer Fund administered by the Bank of America, and a matching grant from the State of Connecticut’s Historic Preservation Funds, administered by the Commission on Culture and Tourism.

New London County Historical Society President Deborah Donovan spoke of the difficulty of making some of our historic treasures accessible to individuals who have mobility problems and praised the State for their assistance. Rick Gipstein of Lindsay Liebig Roche Architects was the consulting architect on the project, and the contractor was LaBossiere builders of Norwich.

2004, 2010

Ribbon-cutting for Accessible Bathroom

By |April 20th, 2010|Events Blog|Comments Off on Ribbon-cutting for Accessible Bathroom

Friday 30 April, the New London County Historical Society will celebrate the completion of a $60,000 construction project to add an accessible bathroom and classroom to the 1845 wing of the Shaw Mansion. A reception will be held from 4:30pm to 6pm with the ribbon-cutting slated for 5:15.

The project was supported by grants from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut, The Frank Loomis Palmer Fund administered by the Bank of America, and through a matching grant from the State of Connecticut’s Community Investment Act, Historic Preservation Funds, administered through the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

Consulting architect for the project was Rick Gipstein of Lindsay Liebig Roche Architects of New London, and the contractor was LaBossiere Builders of Norwich. Short-term funding assistance was obtained through the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer).

The project has transformed what was once the 19th century servant’s hall and  kitchen, and a small lavatory stuffed into a closet in the 1970s, into a large classroom and commodious bathroom which meets ADA guidelines. The entire first floor of the historic house is now accessible to visitors, with the bathroom accessible from both the inside and outside of the building. This will […]

1004, 2010

This Treasure Matters

By |April 10th, 2010|Events Blog|Comments Off on This Treasure Matters

“Pride and Prejudice” cast members at the Shaw Mansion participated in a campaign of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Faced with budget cuts eliminating Preserve America grant program, the National Trust has asked historic sites from around the country to send in their photos with the message that THIS TREASURE MATTERS. Between shows on Saturday, the cast were only too happy to pose for the photos that were submitted to the National Trust. See the photo slide show at http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/this-place-matters/TPM-slideshow.html Mr. Darcy, portrayed by Daniel Dykes, and Jane Bennett, portrayed by Julie Rattey, share the message for the New London County Historical Society.

204, 2010

State Historian Walter Woodward to Speak at April Second Sunday

By |April 2nd, 2010|Events Blog|Comments Off on State Historian Walter Woodward to Speak at April Second Sunday

“New England’s Other Witch Hunt:  The Hartford Witch Hunt of the 1660s and the Changing Patterns of Prosecution.”

Walter Woodward, Connecticut’s State Historian, will be making a presentation based on his just published book, Prospero’s America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676. The presentation will take place on the Connecticut College Campus in Blaustein 210, on 11 April at 2pm, in a program co-sponsored by the Connecticut College history department and the New London County Historical Society.

The book is full of provocative insights. While some are familiar with alchemy, the common knowledge is usually limited to the idea that alchemy was a magical quest to turn lead into gold. Woodward leads us to understand how alchemy was much more than that, “an important contributing factor in the development of modern chemistry and experimental science.” In this work Woodward shows how Winthrop’s alchemical knowledge, and connections emanating from his participation in the Royal Society, empowered him locally, as a favored Connecticut governor, and at the Royal Court in England.

Combining religion, metallurgy, healing, an entrepreneurial spirit and political will, Woodward is able to enlighten the reader with how those elements intertwine. Winthrop’s efforts to found a NEW London […]

2903, 2010

Nationally Recognized Painting Experts Survey NLCHS Collection

By |March 29th, 2010|Events Blog|0 Comments

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a “We the People” grant to the New London County Historical Society to fund the creation of a preservation plan for the 55 oil paintings in its collection. Nationally recognized painting experts, Lance Mayer and Gay Myers, independent conservators associated with the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, are conducting an intensive survey of the collection in order to create the plan.

James Leach, Chairman of the NEH writes, “The goal of the ‘We the People’ initiative is to support projects that explore significant events and themes in our nation’s history.” The society’s collection has a number of outstanding components with six Ralph Earl portraits commissioned for the Shaw family in 1792, and a large number of ships’ portraits and ships’ captains’ portraits associated with New London’s whaling years. In the Thomas Shaw portrait, Earl included a view in the background of Fort Trumbull with a large American flag flying over it. This alone makes this painting an important document of our nation as there are fewer than 100 images of the American flag that have been identified as being created prior to 1800.

Meyer and Myers clients have ranged from the Guggenheim Museum to the Art […]

2503, 2010

CT Commission on Culture and Tourism Features Shaw Mansion

By |March 25th, 2010|Events Blog|0 Comments

“From Stone House to Glass House,” an exhibit on the historic preservation movement in Connecticut, opens 1 April in the CCT Gallery, in the offices of the state’s Commission on Culture and Tourism. The Shaw Mansion and its preservation by the New London County Historical Society is featured as one of the earliest examples of historic house preservation in the state.