Current Events

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Secret Connecticut:
A Guide to the Weird,
Wonderful, and Obscure

Wednesday, May 4th, 2022
6:30pm at the Blackstone Memorial Library

Travel writer and author, Anastasia Mills Healy, will give a talk regarding her newly published book. She’ll share intriguing stories about Connecticut’s people, places, and history from her book “Secret Connecticut”.

Did you know that a Connecticut resident was president before George Washington, and flew before the Wright Brothers? Or that you can descend into a former copper mine that doubled as America’s first state prison? As a travel writer during a pandemic,
Greenwich resident Stasha Healy turned her attention to her home state and found 84
surprising stories that she compiled in “Secret Connecticut: A Guide to the Weird,
Wonderful, and Obscure”. Healy will share fascinating, little-known tales about the state that will make even the most well-informed lifelong resident say, “I didn’t know that!”

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

Changes on Main Street

Date TBA

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 & 2021 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 virtually 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 2021, we were able to hold our Witness Stones Project Program in person again, with safety precautions in place, and plan to continue this for most of our programs going forward.

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

Bicycle Craze to Auto Age: CT Leads the Way

Wednesday, February 9th, 2022
6:30pm IN PERSON at the
Blackstone Memorial Library

Join us as local author and BHS member Ted Braun answers the following questions:

Why was it said that before there was a Detroit, there first had to be a Hartford?

How did bicycle improvements help usher in the Auto Age?

What international auto event in Branford was drawing William K. Vanderbilt II and his fellow elites from their Newport mansions?

We hope you’ll join us for what’s sure to be an informative and engaging talk.

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.

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
6:30pm 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.