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Past Events 2014-2018

Fourteenth Annual New Hartford Historical Society Wine Tasting
Thanks to our sponsors, vendors, and our nearly 380 guests! It was an excellent evening. Your support helps to keep the lights on, which allows us to focus on some new projects, especially now that we have a revitalized board. Thank you!

The Trains of New Hartford. Presented by Anne C. Hall, Town Historian
7 p.m. on November 3rd, New Hartford Town Hall
Watsons of New Hartford and Their Houses: 1734 to 1854. Presented by David Krimmel, Town Historian Emeritus.

“Dam Tour!”  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

Past Events from 2013

Native Americans of Northwest Connecticut.  September 25th, 7:00 p.m., New Hartford Town Hall

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.

Past Events

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 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 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. Richard Wacht