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.

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Illustration Wartime Navy Uniforms