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.

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September 2018 Home Page
Hamden Centennial Commemoration of World War I
September 21-23 - Town Center Park

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Wednesday, September 21, 1938

One of the most significant weather events to impact Hamden in the 20th century was the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, which occurred 80 years ago this week. Hundreds of trees were downed and electric and telephone service in some areas was interrupted for days, even weeks.  In all, the hurricane took 682 lives, mostly in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

According to author Leslie H. Tyler, who published The New England Hurricane (© October 1938 - Leslie H. Tyler), "The wind velocity was officially recorded at 186 miles per hour at the Harvard Meteorological Observatory at Blue Hill . . . on the edge of the storm." 

Mr. Tyler compiled the booklet of 177 photos and illustrations shortly after the September 21, 1938 storm. Four of the photos were taken in Hamden by professional news photogtrapher, I.A. Sneiderman, who lived on Still Hill Road, almost opposite its intersection with Johnson Road.

CLICK HERE to view all four of Sneideman's photos and see what a couple of those locations look like today.

Photo by I.A. Sneiderman

 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.

Hamden Commemorating WWI This Weekend
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(Featured previously on the website for the Hamden Fire Retirees Association.)