The Colchester History Museum formerly the Reverend John Ballard House The Reverend John Ballard House, now the Colchester History Museum, during restoration Colchester Historical Society Board of Governors with John Adams actor The Tomb of Gershom Bulkeley and his descendants among the stone markers in the Colchester Burying Ground Collection Committee archiving over 800 images and postcards of Colchester's Past Third Grade Historic Walking Tour of the Colchester Burying Ground John Warner Barber drawing with original School for Colored Children among the trees on the right side of church Volunteer, Bertha Glemboski, hosts the Third Grade Historic Walking Tour visit to the Nathaniel Foote House Hundreds of Colchester's students annually tour our Museum Looking north into Colchester from what is now Route 85 (New London Road) with the Smith Farm in the foreground. We invite guest speakers.  In this case, Children's Chairs: The Evolution of Furniture Styles

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

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

New to our site:

To mark our 55th Anniversary a look at CHS beginnings. 

https://www.colchesterhistory.org/colchester-historical-society-beginnings/

Read about Colchester’s 8 National Treasures

http://bit.ly/2OMBpQG

New Member Services page added to keep members informed:

https://www.colchesterhistory.org/member-services-page/

Updates for new events.

Details on our Ice Cream Social Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm

https://www.colchesterhistory.org/colchester-historical-society-events/

Update on efforts to save the Cogshell Robinson House

We are grateful to the many people who signed our petition to help save the house from demolition.  Our effort is now getting support from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.  These two organizations are now actively engaged in helping to save this important Federal style structure as an integral part of the National Registered Village District in Colchester.
If you want to continue to help save this house from demolition, please write a letter of support to: The State Historic Preservation Office, Attention Todd Levine, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 5, Hartford, CT 06103.  A hearing in front of the Historic Preservation Council will be held in early September to determine the fate of the house.  Your letter to SHPO can make a difference.  Thank you.

 


 Preserving history is more than buildings and places

For more information, email administrator@colchesterhistory.org.

 

 

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