The May 15th tornado deeply affected Mount Carmel and surrounding areas; for many the cleanup and repairs still continue. One beloved local property badly damaged is the Jonathan Dickerman House and the Talmadge Cider Mill, on Mount Carmel Avenue—the “Little Red House”. The Hamden Historical Society is attempting to restore these reminders of our town’s heritage, but to do so it needs to raise $25,000. Won’t you show your support for Hamden’s history by donating what you can?

You can send a check to the Hamden Historical Society, P.O. Box 5512, Hamden, CT 06518

Updates on the restoration process will be posted here, as well as on our Facebook page.

Information on how to become a member of the Historical Society, can be found here.

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Introducing Archivist
Kathy Lindbeck,
Hamden Historical Society.
Beth Shutts, who was Archivist for nearly five years, looks forward to continuing as a researcher with the other History Room volunteers.
Hamden Centennial Commemoration of World War I
September 21-23 - Town Center Park

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The Life of John Mulvany - The Irish in the Civil War

Connecticut's 9th Regiment in the Civil War, comprised primarily of Irish-Americans, will be featured in a presentation by Anne Weber at Quinnipiac University's Ireland's Great Hunger Museum, corner of Whitney Avenue and Woodruff Street, on Thursday, September 20th at 5 p.m.

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 Hamden – Mayor Curt Balzano Leng, the Hamden Veterans Commission, and the Hamden Town Center Park Commission, and the World War I National Centennial Commission are very pleased to announce Hamden’s Centennial Commemoration of World War I this September 21st through 23rd at Town Center Park. The public is invited to experience this unique historical event inside Town Center Park and to commemorate the veterans who sacrificed so much serving in “The Great War.”

The weekend long event will feature the 1918 US Army “Yankee Division” re-enactors encamped within Town Center Park, WW1 trenches and barbed wire zones, the Fn. Mod. 1918 Renault US Tank, a 1918 battlefield ambulance, and a period 1918 New Haven Police Vehicle.

On September 23rd, a remembrance ceremony will be held starting at 1:00 p.m. inside Town Center Park. The ceremony will feature an honor roll of Hamden’s veterans who served and passed in WWI, a full military rifle salute, a featured rendition of TAPS, and remarks offered by Hamden Mayor Curt Leng and Senator George Logan, and a Commemoration Address by Senator Richard Blumenthal. Other local elected officials, veterans, volunteers, and community members will also participate in the ceremony. The occasion is entirely open to the public.

For further information, please contact Bill MacMullen at or Information & Research Officer, Patrick J. Donnelly, at or 203-287-7009.

Summer break is over!  The History Room will reopen this coming Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Regular hours:  Tuesdays from 10am – 2pm.
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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.

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2018 Newsletters