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Please join us on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 3-4:30 for the dedication of The Al Gorman Hamden History Room.  Al served for 20 years as the President of the Historical Society.  The History Room has recently been renovated and it is fitting that it will now be named in his honor.  The History Room is located on the Third Floor of the Miller Memorial Library.

On Tuesday April 11, 2017 Tim Chaucer, a retired history teacher from Hamden High School will portray Joseph Plumb Martin, considered a hero at Yorktown during the American Revolution. Martin grew up in Connecticut and is sometimes referred to as the most famous private in the American Continental Army. He witnessed General Washington on several occasions. Martin’s description of constant hunger at Valley Forge earned him a modern trail named for him at Valley Forge, PA. He wrote his memoirs later in life to remind Americans of the suffering that privates such as himself went through in order to win the war to guarantee our independence.  The event will take place at Mount Carmel Congregational Church in Hamden from 7:00-8:30 p.m.”

As part of a special series exploring Connecticut’s towns, Eric Lehman, published author and member of Hamden Historical Society, will lead a walking tour on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The tour for adults and children 8 years old or above, begins at Eli Whitney Museum. A limited number of participants is necessary, so advance registration is required with a $20 fee towards the Connecticut Museum of Natural History. Sign-up on their webpage,




The Hamden Historical Society welcomes your membership, support and involvement. Our recent activities on behalf of preserving Hamden’s history and educating the public include:

Maintaining and conducting tours of the historic Jonathan Dickerman House;

Acquiring, preserving and making available archives for research in the Al Gorman History Room at Miller Library;

Ÿ Resisting Quinnipiac University’s efforts to destroy Hamden’s history;

Ÿ Cooperating with other organizations to promote Hamden’s historic and cultural legacy.

Now, we need your help!  Please give at any of the following levels:

Annual Membership: $15.00
Family Membership: $25.00
Life Membership: $500.00

Please also consider supporting the Historical Society’s mission by giving to either or both of the following initiatives integral to the Society’s mission:

Jonathan Dickerman House Renovation Fund: $25.00
Al Gorman History Room Fund: $25.00
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Hamden, CT  06518

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Saturday, September 3, will be your last chance to visit the Jonathan Dickerman House this summer! If you miss it, you’ll just have to come into the History Room and look at the paintings we have of this historic home. Our docent Michelle will be there from 1-4pm. The address is 105 Mt. Carmel Avenue.

dickerman house

We’ve entered the Digital Age!

Today, June 16, 2016, marks the 80th anniversary of Hamden’s 1936 Sesquicentennial Parade. The Hamden Historical Society has digitized and edited 200′ of color and black-and-white film of the parade taken by Dr. Walter S. Lay on June 16, 1936.

Participants have been identified through records provided in Rachel Hartley’s 1943 book, “The History of Hamden, Connecticut – 1786-1936” (Quinnipiack Press). Many notables of the era, as well the Hamden Police and Fire Departments and many other participants are included. Floats from several associations are also featured. The featured speaker was Judge John Gilson, president of the New Haven Colony Historical Society. The video concludes with some athletic competition among high school aged boys at Legion Field.

This remarkable video from the Hamden Historical Society is of a 16mm film of Hamden’s 1936 Sesquicentennial Parade. The 200 feet of color…

Mark your calendars!
The Antiques Show will be held on November 14 and 15 this year

It’s time for the annual Giant Valley Antique Show! It will be held on November 14 and 15 at the Miller Library. The place will be filled with dealers – more than 35. The Antique Show is an important fundraiser for the Historical Society. Members of the Historical Society will be in the cafeteria serving lunch and selling baked good, so stop in to say Hi.

Bonnardi books

In October we were visited by Michael Bonnardi. Michael grew up in the Ivesville section of Mount Carmel and has written two books about his family and their business, The Mountain View Kennels. He graciously donated a copy of each book to our History Room collection. We had a great visit, especially when Michael took a trip down Memory Lane with our volunteers Dave and Gil. Check out Michael’s books on Amazon –
Ralph’s Recipes and Diets for Dogs