Hamden History Room is closed in July and August. Be sure to come back on Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Please visit the Historical Society’s main page for the latest news!

Rocky Top Inn & Club house York Mountain Mt Carmel CT 1909


May 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Miller Library Complex – Senior Center Social Hall
Guest speakers: James Sirch and Roberta Mack


Mr. Sirch and Ms. Mack will discuss the Rocky Top property in Hamden; once a site of an early Sleeping Giant State Park trail. They will share the property’s history and natural attributes to our town and its people.


The Hamden Historical Society maintains a History Room in the Miller Memorial Library.  The History Room is open on Tuesdays from 10 am – Noon.  Appointments can be made outside those hours by contacting Beth Shutts, Archivist, at hhs@hamdenlibrary.org.

Below you will find some of our more significant news items.


The Hamden Historical Society is selling the new book by
our Municipal Historian
 Dave Johnson

Hamden Firefighting-Cover (1)

 Price: $19 

 All profits from this sale of Hamden Firefighting will benefit
the Hamden Historical Society

The 128-page pictorial history of the Hamden Fire Department was written by Town Historian Dave Johnson, a retired Hamden firefighter.  With over 200 photographs of historic fires as well as images of numerous volunteer and career professionals from all eras, Hamden Firefighting chronicles the department from 1896 to the present day.

 Hamden Firefighting will be available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon
and other retail outlets starting November 20th 2017 for $21.99.



 Antique show 2017


This year marks the centennial of our involvement in World War I.  In Hamden, we are proud to honor one of our own doughboys, A. Frederick Oberlin. The link below will take you to an excellent article just published by Dr. Laura A. Macaluso,
a researcher and writer currently living in Virginia.

Oberlin Memorial Windows


 4258s - Copy

March 25, 2017

From HHS President Ken Minkema’s dedication at the naming of the
Al Gorman Hamden History Room

Al Gorman served the town of Hamden for many years and in many capacities – as a civic leader, as a politician, and as a preservationist.  He was the driving force behind the creation of the Hamden Historic Properties Commission, and was involved with the Hamden Historical Society as a member and as its president for decades.  He, with his wife Betsy, were also great recruiters for the cause of history – I am evidence of that, as I’m sure are many people here today.

One of the main activites of the Historical Society is this History Room, where we make our manuscript, printed, visual, and other resources available for researchers, students, and town members.  It is entirely right and proper, therefore, as a tribute to the memory of Al Gorman, to the service that he rendered to our community and to its cultural and historical legacy, to the love that he had for this town and the love we have for him, that we give his name to this space.


 February 25, 2017


The situation regarding the demolition of historic homes on Whitney Avenue by Quinnipiac University has not come to a conclusion yet.  Two respected historical organizations have taken an interest in our plight and are working with us to reach a positive resolution with QU.  They are the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Office.  Your signature on our petition can be an effective tool in showing these groups that the local community stands behind us in our endeavor to Save Mount Carmel.

SIGN THE PETITION!    Preserve the historic homes on Whitney Avenue



We at the Hamden Historical Society (HHS) know that many of you are concerned about the homes along Whitney Avenue being demolished by Quinnipiac University.  We share that concern.  The HHS board and the Hamden Historic Properties Commission have met with a representative of the university, who agreed to extend the demolition date for the most historically significant structures while we write and submit a proposal to preserve them.  Towards that end, we will be engaging an architectural historian to evaluate the condition of some of the buildings.

But there is still something concerned citizens can do.  The Historical Society encourages you to continue to send letters of objection to local newspapers and to Hamden’s Building Official Robert Labulis, at Hamden Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Avenue, 06518.  Also, HHS will soon be publishing an online petition for you to sign; we’ll keep you updated on that.

Follow this link for information about the Historic Homes on Whitney Avenue and their planned demolition by Quinnipiac University.

It’s time for our Annual Membership Drive!



The Hamden Historical Society Library and History Room was inaugurated in 1984 and provides a secure, central place to hold and display items which shed light on Hamden’s past. The collection consists of artifacts, primary source documents, organization records, photographs, and like materials.

The Hamden Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available to researchers and the general public materials relating directly and significantly to the history of Hamden and its citizens. The History Room, housed in the Miller Memorial Library, is the repository for the storage and preservation of these historical documents. Many of the library’s holdings are listed in the catalog of the Hamden Public Library.

The Library is staffed by a part-time professional Archivist and assisted by trained volunteers. Our existing records are continually developed with ‘finding aids’ and improved organization, and enhanced by additional documents from donors interested in preserving Hamden’s past. These records can be used for historical, sociological, genealogical research, and/or to satisfy your interests.

Researching independently at the Historical Society Library

You may research our archives during regularly scheduled hours or by appointment. Staff will provide you with assistance. The Archivist, under limited circumstances, will scan, photograph, or photocopy archival materials. Donations for such services are appropriate.

We welcome donations of your relevant Hamden records and artifacts!