Colchester Historical Society Events

Throughout the year the Colchester Historical Society offers programs that explore Colchester’s rich past, introduce you to community members with similar interests, and allow you to unwind, relax, and learn something new about your town!

 

All events and programs take place at the Colchester History Museum unless otherwise noted.  For more information, email us at: mail@colchesterhistory.org. 

 

 

School for Colored Children Dedication Ceremony
Friday, September 15
4:30 pm; Free
Location: Colchester Federated Church

Join the Colchester Historical Society and the Colchester Historic District Commission as the reconstructed  Historic 1803 School for Colored Children is dedicated.  Beverly Morgan-Welch, Associate Director of External Affairs for the National Museum of African American History and Culture with the Smithsonian Institution, will offer the keynote presentation, with ribbon-cutting and catered refreshments to follow.  For more information, email: mail@colchesterhistory.org.

Colchester Community Conversation
Saturday, September 16
9 am to noon; Free
Location: Colchester Federated Church

The Colchester Historical Society will offer a panel presentation and discussion moderated by CT Old State Capitol director Sally Whipple, featuring Beverly Morgan-Welch, Yale historian Dr. Peter Hinks, and other noted historians and cultural experts on the history and future of the School for Colored Children.

This is the first in a series of public discussions that will culminate in a long-term exhibit about of this history of the Colchester Historic School for Colored Children to be on display at the Colchester history Museum in 2018, funded in part through a grant from CTHumanities.  For more information, email mail@colchesterhistory.org.

 

 

Storied History: World War I
Location: Cragin Memorial Library
Book discussions start at 6:30 pm, Free
Thursday, September 28:
–Book: One of Ours (1922) by Willa Cather
Thursday, October 26:
–Book: Maisie Dobbs (2003) by Jacqueline Winespear

Monday, November 6: (start time: 6 pm, Free)
–talk presented by Phil Devlin

Join the Colchester Historical Society and the Cragin Memorial Library for a new collaborative book discussion program, Storied History, which looks at history through the lens of literature!  To commemorate the Centennial of World War I, two books related to the war have been selected for discussion, one classic and one contemporary.  The last month will feature Phil Devlin, retired history teacher, sharing his research on WWI, and the Connecticut connections to the war.  No reservations necessary, and all are welcome to attend.  Haven’t finished the book?  Join us anyway!  For more information, email: mail@colchesterhistory.org.

 

Ghoulchester: A Graveyard Tour into the Past
Location: tour begins at Hayward Fire Company Museum on South Main Street
Friday, October 13
Time & Cost: TBD
(Rain Date: Sunday, October 15)

Formerly known s the “Spooky Cemetery Tour,” the Colchester Historical Society’s newly-named Ghoulchester is still the same great popular program!  During this tour of the Colchester Burying Ground, visitors will meet notable characters from Colchester’s past–as if they’ve just risen from their graves to share their stories!  Tours are guided and recommended for both adults and families with children.  All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Bring a flashlight to enhance your experience.  Tour space is limited and advanced reservations are strongly recommended.  After your tour, meet a fortuneteller and enjoy refreshments at the nearby Colchester History Museum.  The historic Colchester Burying Ground, located behind the Old Bacon Academy, is one of the finest graveyards in eastern Connecticut housing the remains of many prominent citizens, and featuring exquisitely carved historic headstones.  For more information, email: mail@colchesterhistory.org.

GHOULS WANTED: The Colchester History Museum is currently seeking actors and ghoul-guides for its annual “Ghoulchester: A Graveyard Tour into the Past” cemetery tour program in October (formerly known as “spooky tours.”) Please contact CHS at mail@colchesterhistory.org for more information or to sign up! The final date of the event is Friday, October 13th, with rain date scheduled for Sunday, October 15th, but all “volunteer ghouls” will be expected to commit to two rehearsal days in September and the rain date, along with the actual date of performance. Sign-up early—places fill up fast! We “haunt” to hear from you soon!

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Historic School for Colored Children
Dedication Ceremony & Ribbon-Cutting
Friday, September 15
4:30 pm; Free
Location: Colchester Federated Church

Join the Colchester Historical Society and the Colchester Historic District Commission as the reconstructed  Historic 1803 School for Colored Children is dedicated.  Beverly Morgan-Welch, Associate Director of External Affairs for the National Museum of African American History and Culture with the Smithsonian Institution, will offer the keynote presentation, with ribbon-cutting and catered refreshments to follow.  For more information, email: mail@colchesterhistory.org.

Community Conversation
Saturday, September 16
9 am to noon; Free
Location: Colchester Federated Church

The Colchester Historical Society will offer a panel presentation and discussion moderated by Connecticut’s Old State House director Sally Whipple, featuring Beverly Morgan-Welch, Yale historian Dr. Peter Hinks, and other noted historians and cultural experts on the history and future of the School for Colored Children, which will include a conversation with the audience.  Morning refreshments provided.

This is the first in a series of public discussions that will culminate in a long-term exhibit about the history of the Colchester Historic School for Colored Children to be on display at the Colchester History Museum in 2018, funded in part through a grant from CTHumanities.  For more information, email mail@colchesterhistory.org.

 

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