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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First Saturdays!

NEW program at the Colchester History Museum!

Join us on the first Saturday each month for a history-themed activity, FREE for our visitors to enjoy.

“The Colchester History Museum is excited about our new ‘First Saturdays’ program,” said museum administrator Joanie DiMartino. “It’s a great opportunity for visitors of all ages to visit the museum and participate in an activity that is fun, hands-on, and rooted in our history.” DiMartino noted that the First Saturdays programs are informal, so that visitors can stop by anytime during the 11 am to 2 pm open hours, and stay as little or as long as they like. “Just as the museum is self-guided,” she continued, “the ‘First Saturdays’ programs, led by one or two members of our volunteer staff, are free-flowing. We hope to generate interest in an activity or topic–there’s no pressure to be perfect, we just encourage visitors to try something different, an activity either once done or inspired by the past!”

For more information, email administrator@colchesterhistory.org.

 

 

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