Saving our oral history

Your Story is Colchester’s Story!

The mission of the Colchester Historical Society is to enlighten the community to the rich history of Colchester.

That rich history includes YOU!  Help us preserve and care for your past as we launch the Colchester’s Story oral history program!  We invite all Colchester residents to share their story or stories with us.  Based on a successful pilot initiative in 2006, several people came to Cragin Library to share their childhood memories on audio tape.  Many of these fascinating stories that were preserved range from living on a farm to the great hurricane of 1938.  These narratives offer an important view of everyday life in Colchester during times of peace, war, economic upheaval, and social change throughout the 20th- and into the 21st- centuries.

Beginning in January of 2017, we would like to continue this process, and capture on audio and/or video as many stories from Colchester residents as possible, and we are particularly interested in stories from senior citizens 80 years and older.

We’d like to make this as convenient as possible.  We can come to a person’s residence or set up a meeting at Cragin library or Senior Center.  The conversation and length of time will be entirely up to the participants.  Whether you share one quick poignant memory, or want to talk with us at length about an important time of your life in Colchester, Colchester’s Story will preserve your experiences for history.

If you’d like to be interviewed or know someone that is willing, or just have more questions, please email us at mail@colchesterhistory.org.  Or call 860-465-7025

Current News!


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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