Welcome to the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum! Illuminating local history since 1962
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 through Columbus Day weekend, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm and by appointment at any time. Tickets are $5 per adult; children under 12 free.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY RECEIVES GRANT
The East Historical Society is pleased to announce it has received a one thousand dollar grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County in the Heritage Enhancement category. The Historical Society has used the grant money to purchase a dedicated computer to catalog all of the museum's collections, artifacts, and acquisitions. This will enable the museum staff to research and respond to the public's questions regarding the museum's holdings.
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Upcoming Events in 2017
August 9, Wednesday, 7:30pm
CT Humanities Award Recipient Ken Simon. "The Demise of Old Moodus Center"
How a 1967 Federal Urban Renewal project transformed a rural Connecticut town.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Simon will present a talk based on his newspaper series, “Legacy of Progress Gone Sour,” which recounts the ill-fated history of the Moodus business district.
Fall, 2017 (Date & Times TBA)
The Second Annual Riverview Cemetery Historic Tour!
September 13, Wednesday, 7:30pm
Mystic Seaport Curator and Oral Historian Fred Calabretta
East Haddam's Whaling Captain George Comer, extraordinary explorer, scientist, and anthropologist with the Inuit people of the Arctic.
October 11, Wednesday, 7:30pm
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. "Demystifying Thanksgiving: A look at the holiday from a Native American perspective."
November 8, Wednesday, 7:30pm
Dr. Karl Stofko presents another amazing and witty "Mysteries of East Haddam."
December 13, Wednesday, 7:30pm
ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY!
Bring a dish to share. Beer and wine donation bar.
For additional information and more events, see our News & Events page