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

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Ghoulchester: A Graveyard Tour into the Past
Location: tour begins at Hayward Fire Company Museum on South Main Street
Friday, October 13, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
*(Rain Date: Sunday, October 15, 4 pm to 5:30 pm)*
$10 CHS members / $15 non-members / $25 families
Fortune-teller cost: $10 for 10-minute reading (optional; pay at Colchester History Museum)

Formerly known as 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. Please wear comfortable footwear, dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight to enhance your experience. Tour space is limited and advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

After your tour, meet a fortune-teller (extra cost; purchase tickets in advance of your tour, as tickets are limited) and enjoy free baked goods and apple cider refreshments at the nearby Colchester History Museum.

*If rain date is necessary, decision will be made by 12 noon on 10/13. Check Facebook and/or CHS E-Blast for notification. Event will be cancelled in event of heavy rains; light percipitation will not cause event to be cancelled; dress appropriately.*

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.

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