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.
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.
Upcoming events are listed below, or open our Calendar of Events.
Connecticut Spring Antiques Show
Originally scheduled for March 21 and 22 at the Hartford Armory, the Connecticut Spring Antiques Show has been POSTPONED.
Antiques & The Arts Weekly described the Spring Antiques Show operated by the Haddam Historical Society as “One of the most important antiques show in the nation.” More than 40 of the nation’s best antique and art dealers are expected to show an eclectic mix of furniture, folk art, fine art, garden objects and other decorative arts objects.
Pysanky Eggs Workshop
POSTPONED TO JULY
Originally scheduled for Sunday, March 29, 2020, with two separate sessions 10am to noon and 1pm-3pm, this event will be rescheduled in July.
Learn how to make beautifully decorated Ukrainian eggs. Pysanky is an art form celebrated all over Eastern Europe at this time of year.
Artist Sharon Leonard will guide you through the process of planning a design, dyeing and waxing multiple times, and polishing the wax-resist jewel-like egg.
Stylus, wax candles, colored dyes, and eggs will all be provided for you.
East Haddam Historical Society & Museum has hosted this workshop several times. Because of the popularity of the workshop over the years, we will have two sessions, one from 10-12 and the other from 1-3 pm.
For those of you who have attended, we'd love to see you make another amazing creation. For those who have never been, please join us for a workshop that will give you the ability to make these every year. Your creations will, of course, go home with you.
Please pre-register early. Call 860-852-5722. Workshop spaces are limited. All profits will help EHHS.
Place: The East Haddam Historical Society & Museum
264 Town Street (Route 82)
East Haddam, CT 06423
Cost: $25.00 per person
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