New London County Historical Society, Inc.

11 Blinman Street, New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-443-1209

Upcoming Events

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

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 […]

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

2909, 2011

Historical Society Elects New Board Members

By |September 29th, 2011|Events Blog, New News|Comments Off on Historical Society Elects New Board Members

 The 141st Annual Meeting of the New London County Historical Society was held Sunday 18 September. Five new members were elected to the Board of Directors, Deborah McCann Connors of New London, Barbara Lipsche of New London, Brian Cooper of North Stonington, Karyn Garside of New London and Jeffrey Nelson of Groton. In addition, two stepping off the board were honored for their service; Marilyn Davis, of Waterford, served on the board for more than two full terms; and Denis O’Brien, of Mystic, served as treasurer for the historical society for two years.

 Officers elected were: president, Deborah Donovan, New London; vice president, Nancy Steenburg, Mystic; treasurer, Frederick E. Burdick, Stonington; and secretary, Joseph Selinger, Stonington.

 Deborah McCann is a pastoral assistant at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church and a freelance writer. Barbara Lipsche conducts business liaison and website management for New London Main Street. Brian Cooper is a president of Deschenes and Cooper Architectural Millwork, and Early New England Restorations in Pawcatuck. Karyn Garside is a Branch Manager for Dime Bank in New London. Jeff Nelson is the Director of Community Development for Hospice of Southeastern Connecticut, in Norwich.

 A reception in the garden of the Shaw Mansion preceded the […]

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!