CHESHIRE, CONN. - MARCH 2014 LIKE US ON FACE BOOK!
New at the Cheshire Historical Society
Sunday Visiting Hours Begin on April 5th. Please Stop by between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Our First SPEAKER EVENING is Monday, March 23rd at 7:30 p.m.
ERIC NELSON presents Ethnobotany in Cheshire
This is a fascinating talk on plants found in Cheshire: edible, medicinal, cordage, or construction material. The talk is March 23rd. A Cordage Making Workshop will be held Sunday afternoon April 12. Participants will learn how to make plant fiber cordage through hands on activities. See related article on Page 10 of our Spring 2015 Newsletter. Call (203) 250-9350 for workshop reservations.
Our Spring 2015 Newsletter is Available!
We are in the StEPs Program!
March 2015 Update:
Our first course in the StEPs-CT program is "Mission, Vision, and Governance." The Cheshire Historical Society Board of Directors has worked on creating a Mission Statement and a Vision Statement.
We have more to do to complete this first MVG Section.
Members are encouraged to contact the Society to be part of the StEPs activities. We will be enrolled in StEPs for about two years. There is plenty of time for you to join our StEPs Committee.
The Cheshire Historical Society
Our Mission Statement
Keeping Cheshire's history alive through our museum's collections, exhibitions and programs.
The purpose of this society is to collect and preserve whatever may serve to explain or illustrate the archaeology, the art and literature, the history civil, ecclesiastical or natural - of the Town of Cheshire. To provide in a suitable manner for their care, preservation and exhibition, to hold such meetings and provide and conduct such lectures as may aid in the education and improvement of the community; to print or furnish such publications as may be thought desirable; also, to do such other things as may be proper. To receive, invest and care for any gifts of money or other property which may be made to the Society. To accomplish the above purposes, the Society will operate and maintain a historic house and museum which will be open to the public.
The Cheshire Historical Society will be totally integrated in the life and interest of the community as the visually and technologically accessible source of regional historical information and knowledge.
From the CT Humanities Website: Connecticut Humanities helps local museums and historical societies build professionalism and ensure their programs and collections remain vibrant community resources through StEPs-CT–a two-year program created with the Connecticut League of History Organizations, and run in partnership with the Connecticut Historical Society, that guides them towards excellence in six areas of organizational practice. StEPs-CT is based on the “Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations” (StEPs), a national model curriculum developed by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). We’ve added a series of hands-on workshops, expert mentors who are on call to help with the rough spots and a competitive granting fund to support projects related to the program. The StEPs-CT program is the first in the nation to implement the StEPs curriculum on a statewide level.
If you would like to be part of this important effort, please contact Diane Calabro, CHS President, for more information.
The Cheshire Historical Society sends
The family of Joseph Edgar Beadle Johnson
(1918-2015). Edgar was an important part of our Society, for the past
decade he was our Curator Emeritus. Edgar was a private person,
knowledgeable and an expert on most things. He was dedicated to the Society,
and living nearly next door, he was always our "first responder"
if something happened at the Museum.
The family of Warren Van Almkerk
Warren was a very sweet man, and gave so much to the Society. We will miss him very much.
Coming in March and April:
ETHNOBOTANY WORKSHOP and TALK in MARCH 2015 by ERIC NELSON.
IMPACT OF ITALIAN-AMERICANS ON CHESHIRE COMMUNITY TALK
in APRIL 2015
We are open by appointment this month
We are open on Sunday Afternoons April through December (except major holiday weekends)
We are always happy to set up research, group or tour visits.
We are very proud to have THREE Eagle Scout projects going on at our Society at this time!
The "1700 Club" is a Cheshire moniker for the property owners of Cheshire homes and buildings built between 1700-1799. On May 18th, we held a Preservation Recognition Reception at the Cheshire Historical Society. It was a great evning due to the many stories that homeowners shared, and (in a small way) to a recipe loaned to us by Uncle Tom Howley of Fairfield CT
In 1972, the Cheshire Historical Society moved to the Phillips House and that started a grand adventure!
This is a fascinating story captured in a scrapbook, recently given to one of the members of the Cheshire Historical Society by the daughter of the Society President. Here are some photos from 1972 (left) and from 2014 (right) so you can see what hardworking Society Members did to restore this old house. It is a great story told in newspaper clippings, headline by headline. Please take a look!
Below, an actual protective hat used by miners in Cheshire which is on display in our Industry Room
"Cheshirepedia is on its way to being another unique part of the Cheshire landscape." President John Fournier is looking forward to having funding available to finalize design on the Cheshirepedia website as well as moving forward with 501c3 non-profit status. "Having this status is key," Fournier explained, as this allows for tax-deductible donations. Cheshire's Town Historian, Jeanné Chesanow, was the inspiration behind the Cheshirepedia concept. "So many people have asked me if there was a website where they could find 'all things Cheshire' and one day I simply said why not create Cheshirepedia for this purpose," explains Chesanow. She envisions the website as being a go-to place for students and educators with well-referenced submissions being available on any number of topics from apples to zoning.
APRIL - DECEMBER HOURS:
OPEN ON SUNDAYS 2-4 PM
except holiday weekends
We are closed on major holidays. Phone ahead to check. You can phone: (203) 272-2574 to set up an appointment for research or a private tour. We're looking forward to more school tours in 2014 and teachers can read additional guidance information. Visits from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other youth groups are always welcome. To schedule a tour please call (203) 272-2574. There is no charge for tours.
WE HAVE AN APP! Google Play or Apple IOS (under travel) - for the Cheshire Town Center. It's FREE. A wonderful narration about the past and present on and around the Cheshire Church Green
If you've considered joining the Cheshire Historical Society, please take a moment to complete our form and mail this back to us.
Stop at BANH THAI and then walk off that meal with our Heritage Walking Tour. Download our walking tour.
Beginning in April, the Hitchcock-Phillips House will be open to the public on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm. The Hitchcock-Phillips House is the home of The Cheshire Historical Society, filled with treasures and is located at 43 Church Drive, on the Church Green, in Cheshire, Connecticut USA.
Many thanks to the Northeast Paranormal Investigations Society for their site visit during the summer of 2013 and their impressive talk in th end of October 2013. Well done! We thank the Mulholland Family for their participation, in particular, young Thomas Mulholland who found himself to be, as he described it, "Ghost bait."
We are so lucky to have the amazing photography work of Ms. Inge Venus:
2014 Christmas Photo Montage
We plan to expand our Web site to include links to any organization in Cheshire that has a "history" section on their Web site. We assisted St. Peter's Church in scanning Helen Bray's Informal History. Also posted is "St. Peter's Continuing History 1985-2010" by Evie Michaud. We thought it would be useful to at least try to link to other Cheshire groups that have taken the time to record their history. For anyone interested in this, a new venture has started in Cheshire: Cheshirepedia. Their goal is to display photos and short essays about Cheshire past, present, and future. If you might like to learn more about this group, e-mail Cheshirepedia We understand that their website should be up and running in just a few weeks.
For TEACHERS, we prepared a short booklet to help in planning for school tours, scouts tours, and other tours for children and young students.
Mary Ellen Kania (left),
About Our Board of Directors & Contact Info | Directions to Our Society | Info Membership Form | Our Book and Gift Shop | Books at CHS (2012) | Our Brochure | Our Newsletters
Books Available for Research at the CHS
School Tour Booklet: a planning resource,
Lucille D. Williams Memorial Garden | Cheshire Memorial Day Parade 2012 | Christmas Party Photos 2012
The Historic Hitchcock-Phillips House located on the Church Green in the center of Cheshire, CT
In January, February, and March we are open by appointment. Call curator (203) 272-2574 to schedule an appointment for research or to visit the house.
Research Topics and Information
FARMING IN CHESHIRE CONN
Known as "The Bedding Plant Capital of Connecticut" (and some here in town claim this to be of the "entire world"!), Cheshire Connecticut has a long history of farming. Here are two articles, one from 1935 and the second from 2008, discussing farming in Cheshire
Earl and Ruth Kurtz are pictured standing in front of their home at 1604 Peck Lane back in 1941. Click on photo for more information about Cheshire Farms
STOP BY OUR GIFT SHOP!
Don't forget! Gift Giving is EASY when you stop at our Cheshire Historical Society GIFT SHOP! Town Historian, Ron Gagliardi's book: Images of America: CHESHIRE is a GREAT gift. LANDMARKS of Old CHESHIRE is also a lovely gift for anyone with an interest in Cheshire's history! We can mail books to you for a nominal shipping charge.
|Do you have an interest in period costumes, clocks and watches, dolls, dishes, furniture, jewelry, minatures, Native Americans, toys, slavery, or other topic? Do you have experience in searching town land records or doing genealogical or other research? Do you collect old stamps, coins, bottles, guns, tools? Can you make a poster or set up a display? Whatever your interest or talent, we'd like to add your name to our "Subject Specialist" List. If you can help, please call!|
Are you trying to locate information about someone buried in Cheshire prior to 1934?
PDF documents of the Headstone Inscriptions, Town of Cheshire of 1934. This list includes all the headstone inscriptions in Cheshire cemeteries. The list was sponsored by the Connecticut State Library and copied under the auspices of FERA (Federal Emergency Relief Administration) and WPA (Works Progress Administration), two Depression-era, federal agencies that provided "work relief." It is reproduced here with the permission of the Connecticut State Library.
HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN CHESHIRE CONNECTICUT - Compiled in 1986
Historic Resource Inventory Building and Structures - 82 properties in Cheshire Connecticut surveyed in 1986 PDF of original survey forms available.
Also Available with PHOTOGRAPHS - 1986 Black and White photos AND 2008 photos of the same properties and access to the PDF documents of 1986. (Note -- this will take some time to load as there are over 160 photographs).
Buildings located on Main Street, Church Street, South Main Street and West Main Street. Photos and descriptions from nearly 25 years ago of these historically noteworthy properties.
Are you interested in the George Keeler Family that lived at 168 South Main Street?
There were six Alice Washburn Houses built in Cheshire, Connecticut.
Become a member! It is so easy to be a Member of the Cheshire
Historical Society! Both
old and new town residents interested in preserving Cheshire history are
encouraged to become Historical Society members. Membership
information is available at the Society or from Membership Chairman
Wesli Dymoke, P.O. Box 281, Cheshire CT 06410
Get ready for a little spring cleaning? These cleaning tools are on display at the Cheshire Historical Society.
AIRPLANE FRAGMENT A piece of the airliner that crashed in Cheshire in 1946 - on display at the Cheshire Historical Society. (see Spring 2006 Newsletter for more details)
Located behind the Hitchcock-Phillips House, the Lucille D. Williams Memorial Garden has been lovingly tended to throughout the seasons since 2004.
PHOTO OF THE LUCILLE D. WILLIAMS MEMORIAL GARDEN: Cheshire Garden Club members Inge Venus, Vicky Brady and Carol Goertz pose after their monthly maintenance chores in the garden in mid-October 2009.
The Lucille D. Williams Memorial Garden photographed just as Fall overtakes it.
36-Page Pamphlet written by Crawford E. Fritts - State Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut, Natural Resources Center, Department of Environmental Protection is available at the Cheshire Historical Society
Copies are available from the Cheshire Historical Society. The cost is $10 for this informative pamphlet.
TITUS MOSS AND MOSS FAMILY INFORMATION
In 2006 - We took A Walk Back In Time to Cheshire Connecticut in 1862. President Lincoln Calls For 300,000 Troops and Who From Cheshire Will Go? A WALK BACK IN TIME - TITUS MOSS: CHESHIRE FARMER AND CIVIL WAR SOLDIER -- A PRESERVATION MONTH ACTIVITY
NEWSLETTERS AVAILABLE HERE:
Do you have any older versions of the Newsletter (1999 and earlier)? Can you please let us know? We would wish to borrow them to scan and to post on our website.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A TOUR OF THE HITCHCOCK-PHILLIPS HOUSE?
Call curator (203) 272-2574 to schedule an appointment for research or to visit the house.
Curator Mary Ellen Kania welcomes visitors to the Cheshire Historical Society
DOLLS ON DISPLAY AT THE CHESHIRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Judge Ray Voelker donated these 11 white quartz Indian arrowheads and one black, flint arrowhead from the Krampitz farm, 1559 Peck Lane. Mineralogist Roy Smith examined these artifacts to verify the materials. (Spring 2006)
NOTE: Mr. Belletzkie was our Fall 2011 Speaker and
is now a very appreciated volunteer at the CHS.
During the regiment's charge when the enemy was in retreat Sgt. Woodbury encountered 4 Confederate infantrymen retreating. He drew his saber and ordered them to surrender, overcoming by his determined actions their willingness to further resist. They surrendered to him together with their rifles and 12th North Carolina (C.S.A.) regimental flag.
Crazy Quilt on display at the Cheshire Historical Society
PDF FILES AVAILABLE FROM THE CHESHIRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY WEB SITE:
Heritage Walking Tour Map of the Cheshire Town Green
Cheshire Town History: PDF FILE of "CHESHIRE, CONN An Old New England Town"
Chronology of Cheshire Events from "Our Town"
Titus Moss Letters Letters home from a Cheshire Civil War Corporal
Cheshire Town History: PDF of CHESHIRE, CONN An Old New England Town
Looking out the Front Doorway
THE CHESHIRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY -
Organized in 1951, the Cheshire Historical Society is a group of old and new residents who have a desire to discover and preserve the heritage of Cheshire, Connecticut. They educate and assist others in their inquiries into our past and promote a love for our town and its inhabitants.
Our first home was in the 1st. District School (1951-1956), then the old Cheshire Public Library (Williams House) on Main Street (1956-1972). We are presently located at the Hitchcock - Phillips House on the Cheshire Green, as shown above.
Call Us On The Phone:
Our telephone number is:
Write Us A Letter:
The Cheshire Historical Society
P.O. Box 281
Cheshire, CT 06410
Send Us An E-Mail:
Diane Calabro - CHS President Send e-mail
Mary Ellen Kania - CHS Curator Send e-mail
Our Cheshire Town Historian, Jeanné Chesanow - Send e-mail
NEW! Cheshirepedia - Send
Visit Our Museum:
The Hitchcock-Phillips House
2-4 PM Sunday Afternoons, April - December
Links of Interest: CHESHIRE
The Town of Cheshire | The Cheshire Herald | The Cheshire Public Library: has every link you can imagine! | Suburban Garden Club of Cheshire |
Links of Interest: CONNECTICUT (this listing will be updated shortly - some links have expired...)
The State of Connecticut | The Connecticut Historical Society | State of Connecticut Historical Preservation and Museum Division | University of
Connecticut - University Libraries | Connecticut Freedom Trail | Covered Bridges in the Northeast | University of Connecticut MAGIC: Maps and Geographic Information Center | Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation | The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut |
Site Revised: March 2015
" It was called 'New Cheshire Parish' a name no doubt proposed by Thomas Brooks, because he fathered most proposals and was himself from Cheshire, England."
Pg. 15 Program of the Cheshire Tercentenary Celebration of the Three Hundredth Anniversary of the Settlement of Connecticut, 1635-1935.
Commodore Robert Hitchcock
1804 to 1888
Born in Cheshire, son of Amasa Hitchcock, Jr. Their home was across South Main Street where the Medical Center (formerly a bank) is now.