Welcome to the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum, illuminating local history since 1962!
Open Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend, Saturdays and Sundays 12:30pm-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 12:30pm - 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.
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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.
Swing Bridge Video!
See the East Haddam Swing Bridge documentary that Kristie Kaminski, Valley Shore Community Television, published in October 2018. Historic photos; community members talk about our wonderful bridge!
2020 Upcoming Events
All events will take place at the Museum unless otherwise stated. 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.
2020 events will be published here
2019 was filled with wonderful, informative gatherings, and we look forward to 2020's events! Information will be published here once finalized. Looking forward to seeing you this year!
For additional information and more events, see our News & Events page.