Past Events 2014-2015
Close to sixty people joined us for a tour at the Colebrook River Lake Flood Control Dam, operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. Following that we had a brief presentation of the impact of the 1955 Flood on New Hartford, a presentation of our virtual tour of photographs comparing the flood damage to today (which can be accessed through this website), a series of recorded interviews with survivors, and a several letters were read. Perhaps the best was the fact that several people in the audience got a chance to tell their stories as well.
A View of 19th Century Brick Houses:
By David Krimmel, New Hartford town historian emeritus
January 22nd, 2015, 7pm
New Hartford Town Hall, Senior Center
Open to the public, donations gratefully accepted.
David Krimmel, former Town Historian, will present his research on the 18 extant brick houses which were built in New Hartford during the 1800’s. He will present data taken from property transaction as well as from conversations with many of the current owners. Additionally, he has researched many of the original families to supplement the data files. Current photos and a map will be included in the presentation.
10th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser
September 12th, Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ski Sundown, New Hartford Ct.
The main fundraising event of the year for the society; this event has become the kick-off event for the winter season in New Hartford, with many people coming back into town after the summer away. Good wine, good food, good music, and good conversation, at a pleasant location.
Past Events from 2013
September 25th, 7:00 p.m., New Hartford Town Hall
Native Americans of Northwest Connecticut.
Join us for a lecture on the Native American tribes of Northwest Connecticut. We will be learning about some of the tribes who called Northwestern Connecticut their home. Far from isolated, these tribes had a culture and society which ranged from the Long Island Sound to the Hudson River, a complex network of seasonal trade and hunting routes. 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2013. New Hartford Town Hall, 530 Main St., New Hartford.
Our New Exhibit:
Prominent Women of New Hartford
Wednesdays, 7-9pm; the second Saturday of the month, 12-2pm
Free (donations are always welcome!)
A new exhibit by the New Hartford Historical Society on some of the prominent women of New Hartford, this will include opera singers, authors, and leaders of the civic and cultural community. New Hartford has never been known as a ‘destination’ town. However, it has had a long, proud, and quiet tradition of welcoming either returning famous individuals, as it might be Clara Louise Kellogg, or well-known people seeking a place conducive to productive, creative work, as it might be Nelia Gardener White. These were women who were at once members of a small, New England town and internationally known celebrities, equally happy perhaps to sing at a community event or at the great opera houses of Europe. They were independent women; their identities separate from, though often intimately connected with, their families and husbands. If you wish to learn a bit more, do join us. The list includes, in no particular order and possibly not comprehensive: Clara Louise Kellogg, Julie Palmer Smith, Nelia Gardener White, Lillian Ludlam, Teresa Stich-Randall, Alma Gluck, Marcia Davenport, and Chloe Langston Hughes.
This presentation is made possible in part by the New Hartford Women’s Club. We thank them for their generous support.
9th Annual Wine Tasting at Ski Sundown
Thank you to everyone who made our 9th Annual Wine Tasting the biggest yet! To all of our sponsors, wine vendors, food vendors, volunteers, Ski Sundown, and the Bookfriends of the Beekley Library: we couldn’t have done it without you!
The 9th annual wine tasting had dozens of wines to taste (ideal for Christmas gifts), and a few Connecticut beer vendors. Our food vendors ranged from Thai to specialty chocolate truffles to pizza. It was a wonderful way to check out many of the specialty stores and restaurants in the area! Here’s to next year!
New Hartford World Tour
August 1, 2012, 7:00-8:30 pm, New Hartford Town Hall
Free and open to the public.
Three intrepid travelers embarked on a journey to visit all of the New Hartfords in the United States. Join them as they regale you with tales of their travels, the land they saw, the people they met and the brotherhood they formed (not really, but it sounds real good!). An interactive presentation. For more information call 860-922-4508.
Family Tree Night
March 21, 2012, 7:30-9:00 pm
Free and open to the public.
Have you been yearning to find out more about your family history? Dig into your family roots by joining us for a presentation on how to use Ancestry.com to find the information you are looking for in our cozy new home, located at 537 Main Street. The presentation will be followed by a workshop. There, you will have a chance to use our archives to locate family and house information or to spend time on Ancestry.com to locate family documents and build your family tree. We have several computers available for your use, but feel free to bring your own laptop and use our wireless internet access.
Antiques Appraisal Fair
March 18, 2012, 3:00-6:00 pm
$5 Donation Per Item Have something whose value you’re not sure of? Find out its monetary value by bringing the item to the 3rd floor Senior Center at the New Hartford Town Hall and getting it appraised by the antiques appraiser, Richard Wacht. Richard is Canton Barn Auction co-owner and a second generation auctioneer, literally growing up in the business. He has appeared on WFSB Channel 3 with Scot Haney doing antiques appraisals in a segment called “Scot Haney’s Treasure Hunt”. Richard is the state’s “expert witness” on antiques for Hartford County courtcases. He is an extremely knowledgeable and entertaining individual.