Welcome to the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum, illuminating local history since 1962!
The East Haddam Historical Society illuminates and preserves the stories of the people and places that shape our community.
Mission Statement adopted November 2020
The Museum is open to the public from noon - 4 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays from June through October. Throughout the year, the Museum is also open by appointment. Call 860-873-3944 or email to schedule a time to visit, tour, or conduct research!
Join us at Upcoming Events!
We hold events all through the year.
Over 60 years of Local History
The East Haddam Historical Society (EHHS) aspires to become the prominent heritage, cultural, and social center of East Haddam.
Vision Statement adopted June 2021
Entrance on side of building
The East Haddam Historical Society, founded over 60 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 display of the Moodus Mills, Wangunk artifacts dating to 1300 B.C., a photographic exhibit of the building of the East Haddam Swing Bridge, and an extraordinary collection of world-renowned local artist W. Langdon Kihn's work.
The Museum is open to the public from noon - 4 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays from June through October. We are also open by appointment throughout the year. We hold events all through the year. Please contact us via email or phone 860-873-3944 with any questions.
As a membership-driven organization, the East Haddam Historical Society relies upon your membership for funding. The Society both wants and needs your continued support so we can continue to research, archive, and tell the stories of East Haddam’s past and present.
For your convenience, you can submit your membership online, or you may complete the downloadable membership form and mail it along with your check.
*** Please renew your membership ***
The Board of Trustees deeply appreciates the continued support of all our members!
Applications for the Fifth Annual EHHS Scholarship Award announced
Fifth Annual EHHS Scholarship Award announced
The East Haddam Historical Society is happy to announce the 5th annual EHHS Scholarship Award.
This is an award given to a Nathan Hale-Ray High School senior who will be attending an institution of higher learning in the next year. The applicant should show an interest in and understanding of the importance of history and/or service to the community of East Haddam. The East Haddam Historical Society illuminates and preserves the stories of the people and places that shape our community. The history of East Haddam and the lower Connecticut Valley has had a significant impact on our state, our region, and the world. Supporting students who show an understanding of the importance of learning from history and how to apply those lessons makes our community stronger.
The application will be available to students on the high school Naviance web page.
Previous recipients: 2022 Juliana Cazassa, 2021 Aidan Behilo, 2020 Kaitlin Apgar, 2019 Alexander Gerrish.
Saving Land, Saving History
If you love to hike the open space preserves or just want to know more about the history and nature of your town then you won’t want to miss the beautiful and informative films in our documentary series Saving Land, Saving History. These videos, a collaboration between the East Haddam Historical Society and the East Haddam Land Trust, highlight the fascinating ties between the preservation of land and local history.
The Museum's natural history exhibit includes access to the Saving Land, Saving History videos.
Now is a great time to sign up or renew your membership!
East Haddam Historical Society Profile released
A mini-documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Ken Simon on local history in the 1960s and the formation of the East Haddam Historical Society, this well-researched documentary features vintage footage of East Haddam and contemporary interviews with townspeople who remember those early days and local pioneers.
2023 Upcoming Events
All events 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. Suggested donation from non-members is $5 for regular events.
Upcoming events are listed below, and on our Events page.
The Life and Times of Dr. Alice Hamilton of Hadlyme
Presented by Janet Lemond and Kandi Carle
Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 2 PM
Imagine a time in the early 1900s when safety was not part of workplace culture and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) didn’t exist. Workers were often seriously injured on the job or poisoned by the chemicals they used. This was Dr. Alice Hamilton’s world -- the world she hoped to correct.
Dr. Hamilton was a pioneer in protecting the American worker. She was instrumental in bringing about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the World Health Organization. Dr. Hamilton lived on Ferry Road in Hadlyme in her later years.
The presentation will feature Dr. Hamilton's professional accomplishments described by Janet Lemond, and her personal insights as "Alice Hamilton", portrayed by Kandi Carle, reads excerpts from her letters.
Janet Lemond worked in the safety and health profession and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist. She worked for OSHA and the EPA, and is the author of Dr. Alice Hamilton M.D., Neighbor of William Gillette. Kandie Carle is a professional actress who tours with her one-woman living history programs under the banner of The Victorian Lady. She is the Artistic Director of the East Haddam Stage Company.
Pysanky Wax Resist Egg Dyeing Workshop
Sunday, March 17, 2024
Join us for this popular annual event! Learn how to make beautifully decorated Ukrainian eggs in this hands-on workshop, presented by Sharon Leonard. She will guide you through the process of planning a design, dyeing and waxing multiple times, and polishing the wax-resist jewel-like egg.
Registration will open soon!
Start the New Year with Yoga at the Museum with Colleen Alexander
Mondays at 7 p.m., and Thursdays at 9 a.m.
Yoga at the Museum, led by Colleen Alexander, includes seated meditation, gentle warm-ups, and engaging flow with holds to build strength and connect body and mind. Colleen is a certified yoga and meditation teacher, a Reiki practitioner, a published author, and lives on a nonprofit animal sanctuary farm in East Haddam with her husband Sean.
We now offer 2 yoga class options:
The classes are appropriate for all levels.
To purchase tickets for Monday classes, click here.
To purchase tickets for Thursday classes, click here.