Welcome to the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum! Illuminating local history since 1962
Open Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm, or by appointment 860-873-3944
50 years of Local History
The East Haddam Historical Society, founded over 50 years ago, has been at this Town Street location for 11 years; it's just around the corner from Gillette Castle, right on the Route 82 corridor. The museum has a fine collection of local and Lower Connecticut River Valley historical objects, and prides itself on its kid-friendliness.
Among the highlights of the museum are a photographic display of the rise and fall of the Industrial Age in Moodus Village, Native American artifacts dating to 1300 B.C., a photographic exhibit of the building of the East Haddam swing bridge, and a collection of changing fashions with period costumes on display.
The museum is open Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm and by appointment at any time. Tickets are $5 per adult; children under 12 free.
Cub Scout Visit January 2018
The East Haddam Cub Scouts Pack 22, Wolf Den 3 visited the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum recently to learn more about our town. They were very interested in the Twine Mills exhibit freight scale and fish net loom, the Klaxon siren used at Goodspeed Landing, 1913 photos of building the East Haddam Bridge, and the Twentieth Century Moodus Architectural Model of proposed road changes and new buildings.
The Cubs made bridge models of their own after their tour. Their visit and discussion helped them accomplish the Cub Scouts' goal to learn more about their town.
Museum staff, parents, and Cubs enjoyed the evening tour. The Cubs plan to come back with their families to teach others about what they learned. The EHHS Museum is now open by appointment and will open from May to October, Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 4 pm for the 2018 season. 860-873-3944.
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Historical Society receives Community Foundation of Middlesex County grant
The Community Foundation of Middlesex County recently awarded a grant in the amount of $2,000 to the East Haddam Historical Society for the purchase of a projection system. The Society will apply this grant toward the purchase of audio equipment that will greatly enhance the sound quality of the presentations that are a feature of the Society’s annual public program.
The grant is funded in part by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County/Ann T. D’Addario Family Foundation Fund, Kalayjian Family Fund, and the Herb and Ellen Patterson Memorial Fund.
Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County. Its mission is to work with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments and other charitable funds and to support local non-profit organizations through effective grant making to address community needs. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has provided 2,068 grants totaling more than $6million to nonprofit organizations for the arts; cultural and heritage programs; educational activities; environmental improvements; and for health and human services.
Events are open to the public and free to members and children under twelve, except as noted. Donations from non-members is $5 for regular events.
2018 Upcoming Events
July 14, Saturday, 1pm
MASHANTUCKET/PEQUOT RESEARCH CENTER
A Family Program being held outside with history of local indigenous tribes, their clothing, tools to see.
Story telling ~ Singing ~ Dancing!
This event will take place outdoors on the grounds of the Museum. Please bring your own blanket or chair for sitting.
Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy), Head of Education at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center will open with a historical presentation on Pequot/Native history in Connecticut. We will make our way through various eras of history using artifacts and replicas as hands-on components for the presentation and talk briefly about the change that colonialism brought to the land. From there we will transition to a musical presentation. A “Musical Tour of Native America” will include the educator bringing his knowledge of various Native musics from across the US and Canada. Samples of different styles of songs and singing will be provided live and the end of the presentation will have some interaction with the crowd as we finish with a Round Dance.
This event is open to the public and free to EHHS members and children under twelve. A $5 donation is requested from non-members.
August 8, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
MARK RAMPMEYER, Goodspeed Opera House Costume Rental Manager, will talk about their upcoming fall performance of "The Drowsy Chaperone, "opening on September 21. He will discuss the play, its history, and will bring costumes from the play.
September 12, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
GEORGE FELLNER, Architect and Photographer, will be presenting "The Multiplicity of a CT River Town" - Local historical houses and restoration.
Fall 2018 - Date and times TBD
GRAVEYARD TOUR OF RIVERVIEW CEMETERY
The Third Annual Tour!
October 10, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
JERRY ROBERTS, Executive Director of the New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, will be presenting a program on early aviation in CT from 1850 to the Space Age including amazing characters from the early days.
November 14, Wednesday, 7:30 pm
DR. KARL STOFKO will be presenting another amazing and witty program on "Mysteries of East Haddam."
December 12, Wednesday, 6 pm
ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY!
Bring a dish to share! Beer and wine donation bar!
For additional information and more events, see our News & Events page