Current Events

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Annual Holiday ​
Open House

December 5, 2021 1:00pm to 3:00pm
at the Harrison House Museum

It’s back! Join us for an afternoon to get in the holiday spirit, meet other members, and enjoy holiday decorations, the tasty refreshments, including warm mulled apple cider, and lovely music by classical guitarist, Bob Wood. Guides will welcome you as you tour the House, the Barn, and our current Exhibits. There will be raffles, including our decorated Christmas tree, center pieces and wreaths.

Changes on Main Street

Date TBD

Join us as our very own Board Member, John Ifkovic, shares about the many changes in the landscape of Branford’s Main Street over the decades.

Coronavirus Announcements


Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 & 2021 Annual Meeting & Dinner in May, as well as our 2020 & 2021 Annual Strawberry Festival in June, and our 2020 Annual Holiday Open House in December, unfortunately had to be cancelled.

All 2020 Harrison House Tours were cancelled, and we did not hold our regular visiting hours from June through September. Tours were resumed for the 2021 season.

Our 2020 Annual Meeting was held virtually on December 2nd and our 2021 Annual Meeting was held virutally on November 16th

From early 2020 through late 2021, we held our planned Programs virtually through the Blackstone Memorial Library’s online portals.

In November & December 2021, we were able to hold our Witness Stones Project ProgramAnnual Holiday Open House in person again with safety precautions in place.

We will continue to send out information to our members and update our website as things progress into 2022.

ON-GOING EVENTS

TOUR THE HARRISON HOUSE MUSEUM

The Historic Harrison House Museum at 124 Main Street, Branford is open to the public for free guided tours every Saturday, from 1-4 pm, June through the end of September or by appointment. (Donations are appreciated)

For more information email us at: tours@branfordhistoricalsociety.org

The circa 1724 saltbox house and property is recorded on the National Register of Historic Places, and is maintained by the Branford Historical Society. It features period furnishings and Branford artifacts.

Also on the two-acre site, is the Harrison House Barn with a display of local period tools, a colonial flower garden, and a lovely herb garden. The gardens were established and are beautifully maintained by the
Branford Garden Club.

TOUR SEASON IS
JUNE – SEPTEMBER
SATURDAYS, 1-4 PM

BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS CONTACT US TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A PRIVATE TOUR AS LONG AS WE’RE ABLE TO ACCOMODATE.

TOURS@BRANFORDHISTORICALSOCIETY.ORG

Historic House Plaques & Research Service

The Branford Historical Society offers house plaques to identify historic structures and landmarks in Branford. Properties are acknowledged by date of construction and by original or historically recognized owner.

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RECENT EVENTS

2021 (Virtual) Annual Meeting

Tuesday, November 16th at 7:00pm
via Zoom (info. in email invitation)

Presenting Special Guests, Tom Laurenson from the Shoreline Trolley Museum, and Mary Lee Weber from the Stony Creek Museum

The Witness Stones Project

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021
7:00pm IN PERSON at the
Blackstone Memorial Library

Join us for a special presentation by Dennis Culliton, Executive Director of the Witness Stones Project.

Started in 2017, the Witness Stones Project aims to restore the history and honor of the humanity and contributions of the
enslaved individuals who helped build our communities. This is done, among other things, through a curriculum used in local schools, speaking engagements, and the setting up of memorial plaques to honor individuals from our past.

Note: Registration is required to receive a link to attend this IN-PERSON event.

Weren’t able to make it? No problem. Click below to view the recording.

Gargoyles in New Haven

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021
7:00pm online through the
Blackstone Memorial Library

Join us as Mathew Duman highlights a selection of gargoyles & grotesques found throughout the buildings of Yale University’s New Haven campus. Using original photographs from his book, “An Education in the Grotesque”,  he explores the artistic, historic, architectural, and even humorous significance of these decorative sculptures, and their role in communicating the identity of Yale University as a place of learning & enlightenment.

Note: Registration is required to receive a link to attend this online event.

Weren’t able to make it? No problem. Click below to view the recording.

Matthew Duman’s Info.

Email: mathew.duman@yahoo.com

Book: “An Education in the Grotesque”
availble at http://www.yalegargoyles.com
and on Amazon