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The Hamden Historical Society

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of materials relating to the history of our town. The Society, founded in 1928 and incorporated in 1945, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, volunteer organization. Its mission is to collect and preserve materials relating to the local history of Hamden, to restore  and preserve the Jonathan Dickerman House Museum, and to stimulate interest in and document the history of Hamden.

As Hamden’s unofficial historic preservation agency, the Society works to highlight and preserve the town’s architectural heritage. Over the years we have published Hamden: Our Architectural Heritage, worked to restore and preserve the Jonathan Dickerman House Museum and Cider Mill Barn, saved the Rectory School Barn from demolition. We continue to work with the Hamden Historic Properties Commission to document and preserve buildings of historic importance and interest in the town of Hamden.

To promote the public’s interest in Hamden’s legacy and in the people who have been instrumental  in the growth of this town from its early settlement to its present vibrancy,  the Historical Society offers tours of the Dickerman House Museum, exhibits in the library and at other venues, lectures on topics of local and regional interest, publish biannual newsletters to members, and annually hosts The Giant Valley Antique Show sponsored by the Giant Valley Association of Antiques Dealers at the Miller Memorial Library and Cultural Center. We were also instrumental collecting photographs and archival materials for the publication Images of Hamden, published by Arcadia Press in 2004, as well as numerous other publications.

The Society maintains an archive, containing  family, government, church,  and other related historic records and artifacts dating back to the year 1730. These items are available for investigation at the Hamden History Library Room at Miller Library during scheduled hours or by appointment.

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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.

Requesting research by staff

We offer the services of our staff in answering your requests for specific information. There will be nominal charges for copying material;  and a donation to the Historical Society is not only appropriate but also much appreciated.

We cannot respond to requests for general searches, as we do not have a computerized database and many of our records are handwritten and/or hard to read.  Your involvement in the process is essential.

To facilitate your request, please supply as much of the following as possible:

  • - approximate dates (within 10 years) of the event,
    - locations (neighborhoods)  where the subject(s) lived,
    - background of the family members or organization and other relevant information.

We also welcome donations of artifacts and relevant records from the public!

Come visit us!

Hamden Historical Society Library
Miller Memorial Cultural Center
2901 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


- Tuesdays — 10 am – 2 pm
- The History Room will open again on September 4, 2018

Please email Kathy Lindbeck, Archivist (
if you would like to meet outside the posted hours.

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