New London County Historical Society, Inc.

11 Blinman Street, New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-443-1209

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411, 2013

War of 1812 Collaboration wins “Best in the State” Award

By |November 4th, 2013|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on War of 1812 Collaboration wins “Best in the State” Award

POMFRET – At their fall annual meeting, the Association for the Study of Connecticut History presented two awards to “The Rockets’ Red Glare” project.  The Bruce Fraser Award, recognizing the finest public history presentation in the state in 2012, was presented to the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, where the exhibition was on display from July 2012 through January of this year. The Betty M. Linsley Award, recognizing the best work on Connecticut history published by a historical society in 2012 was presented to the New London County Historical Society for the companion book to the exhibit, of which Glenn Gordinier, of Mystic Seaport, was the primary author.

“THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE” was created by a partnership of the New London County Historical Society with Mystic Seaport, the Stonington Historical Society, the New London Maritime Society, and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum to commemorate the bicentennial of the beginning of the War of 1812. The museums and historical societies worked together in creating the exhibition, the book, and a website (available at http://warof1812ct.org). Fred Calebretta, Curator of Collections at Mystic Seaport was the curator for the exhibit, and Jeff Crewe, the exhibit designer.

In presenting the Bruce Fraser Award, Chairman Peter Hinks extolled […]

1707, 2013

The Legacy of Steamboats on the Thames ~ 2013 Cruise

By |July 17th, 2013|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on The Legacy of Steamboats on the Thames ~ 2013 Cruise

Plan now to Join us for the 2013 Cruise on the Thames River, sponsored by Cross Sound Ferry
Saturday 19 October, 2013
Boarding at Cross Sound Ferry Landing begins at 12:30 pm ~ Departing 1 pm ~ Returning to the wharf at 4 pm
Cruise on the Cross Sound Ferry SEAJET (or JESSICA W) from New London to Norwich and back with the New London County Historical Society
Tickets can now be purchased for our Fall Foliage cruise of the Thames River. Members: $45.00, Non-members $55.00.

Purchase tickets on the web at our Constant Contact event listing. Or call the Shaw Mansion (401.443.1209) during the day with your credit card information or send a check to us at 11 Blinman Street, New London, CT 06320.

Join us for an extraordinary afternoon of fall colors, wine, and hors d’oeuvres while revisiting the legacy of steamboats on the Thames River. A free wine-tasting will be offered by Gordon’s Yellow Front Wine and Spirits aboard the vessel during the cruise with special offers of case pricing available only for orders taken that day.

Bill Peterson, Senior Curator Emeritus from Mystic Seaport and author of Mystic Built, will share his knowledge of the history of steamboat travel to Norwich. From a summer steamer who carried day-trippers to […]

1408, 2012

Wine and History ~ Cruise the Thames with the NLCHS

By |August 14th, 2012|Events Blog, Fall Cruise on the Thames, New News|Comments Off on Wine and History ~ Cruise the Thames with the NLCHS

Saturday 20 October, 2012
Boarding at Cross Sound Ferry Landing begins at 12:30 pm ~ Departing 1 pm ~ Returning to the wharf at 4 pm
Cruise on the Cross Sound Ferry SEAJET from New London to Norwich and back with the New London County Historical Society
Tickets can now be purchased online for our Fall Foliage cruise of the Thames River. Members: $40.00, Non-members $50.00.

Join us for an extraordinary afternoon of fall colors, wine, and hors d’oeuvres while learning the history of the Thames River as a refuge for Commodore Stephen Decatur during the War of 1812. A free wine-tasting will be offered by Gordon’s Yellow Front Wine and Spirits aboard the vessel during the cruise with special offers of case pricing available only for orders taken that day.

Several authors of the NLCHS published book, THE ROCKET’S RED GLARE: The War of 1812 and Connecticut, will take turns at the microphone sharing some of the important connections between the war and the places we will be visiting. Music of the War of 1812 will be featured between speakers.

Also aboard will be a number of “people from the past” portraying the 1812 period. Hors d’oeuvres, both sweet and savory will be available at several stations on the boat.

Tickets […]

1707, 2012

“Miss Perkins” invites you for a tour

By |July 17th, 2012|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on “Miss Perkins” invites you for a tour

… well actually, it is Jennifer who portrays Miss Perkins who will be greeting you at the door and providing a tour of the Shaw Mansion with a special perspective.

Jennifer Emerson has done a great deal of research to create the role of “Miss Jane Perkins” as she lived in this house in 1876 (and sold the house to the historical society in 1907), and we have offered “first-person interpretive performances” staring Jennifer in the role of Miss Perkins. These “Tea with Miss Perkins” performances have been very popular over the past three years. The cast of characters grew to include the maid, and “Mother” – Mrs. Perkins, and occasionally a brother or two.

The tours on these Saturdays, however, will feature Jennifer in the “third-person” sharing with our visitors some of the intimate knowledge she has gleaned in her research. Although Jennifer will be in her “period attire” (as her dress and accessories are accurate to the time we prefer that phrase to “historic costume”), she will not be trying to maintain the role of Miss Perkins. So you won’t be seeing the ghost of Miss Perkins, but you will be gaining some truly hidden information.

This unique opportunity to learn more about our community and […]

1806, 2012

24 June ~ Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day at the Shaw Mansion

By |June 18th, 2012|Events Blog, New News|0 Comments

Come to the Shaw Mansion for Connecticut’s Historic Garden Day
Sunday 24 June join us at the Shaw Mansion for  Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day. Your $5 admission to the gardens will provide opportunities for learning and enjoying the garden in the current, or the 19th century. Connecticut Master Gardener Trainer Susan Munger will host garden tours and share her expertise. A local Croquet Club will set up their wickets on the lawn and share some of the secrets to this game (as played by the serious-minded competitors).

In the afternoon, “Miss Perkins and friends” will entertain with period music, a “Language of Flowers” tour and perhaps a game of croquet.

There will be plants available for sale, and strawberry shortcake for everyone!

Open 12 noon to 4:00 pm.

2902, 2012

Thames Base Ball Club Announces Season Schedule

By |February 29th, 2012|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on Thames Base Ball Club Announces Season Schedule

The Thames Base Ball Club will again be playing their style of 1861 Rules Base Ball this season with home games taking place at Fort Trumbull. Everyone is invited to these free exhbitions of the National Pasttime in its infancy.

So, “What’s different about 1861 rules from today?” I hear you ask. Well: In 1861 gloves have yet to be invented; in 1861 you were not allowed to overrun first base; in 1861 you could catch a fly ball on its first bounce and it would be an out — but you might not want to since runners didn’t tag up on a “bounded ball;” and a method to punish the batter for not swinging at good pitches — the called strike — had just been invented and added to the rules; but there was still no way to punish the pitcher for throwing bad pitches since “the ball” wasn’t invented until three years later.
April 22 — LYME TAVERNERS 11am
April 29 — COLUMBIA (tentative)
May 12 — @ Newtown
June 3 — @ Bristol (historic town green)
June 16 — @ Colt Meadows Invitational
July 7 — @ Columbia
July 15 — DODD STADIUM v. TBA 2pm
July 21 — NEWTOWN
July 28 — BRISTOL
August 4 — HARTFORD […]

1602, 2012

“Emma” comes to the Shaw Mansion

By |February 16th, 2012|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on “Emma” comes to the Shaw Mansion

The newest Flock Theatre production in their Shaw Mansion Series is an adaption of Jane Austen’s “Emma.” Emma Woodhouse is intelligent, wealthy and attractive, but she has also been indulged most of her life. She considers herself to be quite a match maker, but she may have met her match in the Woodhouse’s gentlemanly neighbor, Mr. Knightly.

Preview performances are available 7, 8, and 9 of February, and the show runs through 19 February. Evening performances are at 7pm, and on Saturday and Sunday matinee shows are at 2pm.

Tickets are available through Flock Theatre’s box office by calling 860.443.3119

Ticket Prices:

Preview Performances Adults $25, Children and Seniors $20   

Regular Shows: Adults $35, Children and Seniors $30
860.443.3119 for tickets

802, 2012

CHC Supports War of 1812 Bicentennial Exhibit

By |February 8th, 2012|Events Blog, New News|0 Comments

The Connecticut Humanities Council has announced the award of a $45,000 grant to provide funds for a bicentennial exhibit on the War of 1812 and its effects on Connecticut and the region. Scheduled to open just after Independence Day on 6 July 2012 at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, the exhibit will feature items from the collections of the partners on the project – the Stonington Historical Society, Mystic Seaport Museum, the New London County Historical Society, the New London Maritime Society, and the Lyman Allyn – as well as from other museums and private collections.

“The Rockets’ Red Glare,” will focus on important local events including Commodore Stephen Decatur’s naval squadron taking refuge in the Thames River to avoid the British, the bombardment of Stonington, the raid on Essex, and the effects of the British blockade on New London and the region. The 16-star American flag that flew over the defenders of Stonington will be featured in the exhibit. Funding is also being provided by the Coby Foundation of New York which focuses its grants solely on the exhibition of important textiles such as this rare flag.

“We’ve been working on planning and funding this project for more than two years,” […]

1312, 2011

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

By |December 13th, 2011|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on New London Goes to War ~ NLCHS Publishes Book by Clark van der Lyke

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 […]