The Naugatuck Historical Society

P.O Box 317, 195 Water Street, Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770 USA
203-729-9039 email:
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Welcome to the Naugatuck Historical Society
and Museum Web Site

Founded in 1959, The Naugatuck Historical Society is a membership supported nonprofit organization bringing together people who are interested in history, and especially in the history of Naugatuck, Connecticut, and environs.

The School, the Museum and the Sesquicentennial
The Naugatuck Historical Society has the extreme pleasure of working with a group of dedicated history students at Naugatuck High School under the direction of teacher Matthew Laplaca. The collaboration between the high school and the society is a wonderful example of 21st Century Learning. To read more click here.

Model Ship "Mounds" Stolen from NHS Museum

The Naugatuck Historical Society is very excited about Ion Bank stepping up and helping us get our Mounds Ship returned. It was an important and unusual piece that told the war story of the Peter Paul and the factory that was such an important part of Naugatuck's history.

More information here

Upcoming Events and Important Dates
More info is on the Events page. Events are at the NHS Museum unless otherwise noted. Calendar of events

Saturday, February 22, 7-10 pm

Savor Connecticut 2013
Savor CT



Flavors of Connecticut
Flavors of CT

Savor CT 2014 at the Naugatuck Historical Society.
Sample the flavors of Connecticut, including Fascia’s Chocolates, Nardelli’s Grinder Shoppe, Tequila Grill, Jesse Camille’s, Corner Tavern, Cambridge House Brewery, Avery Soda, Santos’ Restaurant, Avventura Deli, and more.

Tickets: $15 for members, $20 for non-members and $25 at
the door. Tickets available at Mountview Plaza Wines &
Liquors and the Naugatuck Historical Society Museum.

Each visitor will receive a certificate for $5 off one bottle
of wine purchased that evening. You can also try you luck and possibly win one of the raffle baskets, including featuring local hot spots such as G’s Burgers, Vasi’s, Colonial Tavern, Spill the Beans and more.

Flavors of CT, a temporary exhibit will be up all month
long for your enjoyment. Download flyer.
New Exhibit

What in the World?
There is mystery in the museum, come and see if you can figure out what these unusual artifacts from our archives are and what they were used for.

Other current temporary exhibits include:
Polish Heritage
War of the Worlds
Naugatuck's History Revisited
Naugatuck High School Sports

Second Saturday of the Month
1 pm
The Naugatuck Valley Genealogy Club will hold their monthly meetings at the Naugatuck Historical Society, 195 Water Street, Naugatuck, on the second Saturday of every month at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free for members of the Club or the NHS, $2 for everyone else. Storm cancellations will be announced on radio WTIC-AM, TV WFSB, and internet For more information, visit the club website at or call Dick Kreitner, (203) 881-8181.
First Thursdays,
6-8 pm

First Thursdays are sponsored by the Naugatuck Savings Bank Foundation. It is their generosity that allows us to continue to offer unique museum programming each and every month during special evening hours

Naugatuck Savings Bank  Foundation

Upcoming Schedule includes:

October 3, 6-8pm
New England Society for Psychic Research
Join Lorraine Warren, Tony Spera and Dan Rivera at the Naugatuck Historical Society Museum. They will be there to share the stories behind the scenes of the movie "The Conjuring," which is based on the work of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Meet the team of ghost hunters and see some of the videos they have taken on their ghost hunting expeditions.

Free for members (new members always welcome), $2 a person or $5 a family.

November 7, 6-8pm
Mayoral Debate Billy Rado vs Clarence Schiller
Do you remember when Billy Rado ran against Clarence Schiller for Mayor of Naugatuck. Travel back in time and watch their only televised debate, vintage commercials and all.

Free for members (new members always welcome), $2 a person or $5 a family.

December 5, 6-8pm
Let There Be Peace On Earth

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season through the musical voices of 5th and 6th grade Hillside students. Hear music and poetry for the whole family to remember what the season is all about.

Free for members (new members always welcome), $2 a person or $5 a family.

A special thank you to the Naugatuck Savings Bank Foundation for allowing us to offer these new and expanded programs to the community.

Friday, October 18, 7pm

Panic In CT: Accused Witches Have Their Say
Sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation

Connecticut Community Foundation

Travel back to the 17th century and hear what 5 women accused of witchcraft have to say. Actress Virginia Wolf brings them to life, fully costumed, fully incensed, fully frightened. "Panic in Connecticut; Accused Witches Have Their Say" is a one woman show that sheds light on the puritan society that condemned so-called witches to their death thirty years before the hysterics of Salem, MA.
When: Friday, October 18, 7pm
Where: The Neary Ballroom, 203 Church Street, 2nd Floor
Ticket Information: Pre-registration is FREE for members, registration begins October 1st for members, new members welcome. Nonmembers can begin to register October 7th, tickets are$15. $20 for members and non-members at the door. Call or email the Society for more information.

Monthly Colette's Crafts
Each a hands on activity is offered for families at the museum, come and get your child's hands on history. Call or email the Society for this month's program schedule. Only $2 a person or $5 a family.
Watch for more NHS Museum events on
Naugatuck Patch
Board of Directors Meetings take place monthly on the third Wednesday, all members are welcome to attend.
For information, call us at 729-9039 or 729-3754 or email

NEW! Items on the web site
Upside Down Painting

Buttons, Beads and Rubber Bands
  • NHS Newsletters ("The Bridge") now on the web site! Click button on top left of page (or go to newsletters)
  • Pictures from the July 22 Craft Program: Upside-Down Painting, July 8 Craft Program: Buttons, Beads and Rubber Bands, June 4 Celebration of Art Reception, May 30th Memorial Day Parade, April 16 Performance "They Call Me Lizzy", March 3, 2011 performance by the Horgan Academy of Irish Dance and from the September 2010 Art Show
  • Article on Naugatuck's Italian Heritage
  • Info on Naugatuck Chemical//Uniroyal history
  • Historical info on Naugatuck's Mayors and Wardens, and past Presidents of the NHS
NHS Officers and Board Members
2013 Board Members
President Wendy Murphy
Vice President and Town Historian Sandra Clark
Treasurer Marty Lee Fenton
Secretary Bridget Mariano
Director Horace Cushman
Director Wayne Malicki
Director Ken Hanks
Director Ron Gagliardi
Director Mary Ann Reilly
Director Mary Mazeiko
Director Joan Taf
Director Brian Moruska

“Naugatuck has a very illustrious history. Researching has led me to uncover many little known facts and firsts about our community.”
-Sandra Clark
Ask our Town Historian
Do you have a question for Naugatuck's Town Historian? Email or call the Naugatuck Historical Society and Sandra along with our team of volunteers will help you find the answer to your question.

Sandra has a vast knowledge of local history and contacts around the state to help our community gain a deeper understanding of the town we live in. Sandra is a regular contributor to our newsletter and regularly leads our scout and school programs.

Holiday ornaments from past years are still available; see them on the Museum Store page. Also, see items recently put on SALE!

Naugatuck Hall of Fame A 1900 basketball team from Naugatuck.

At the right is one of the old photographs from the Naugatuck Hall of Fame exhibit which was previously featured in the Ebersole Room of the Museum (now it features the Rubber Industry Exhibit). It's a picture of a 1900 basketball team (double-click the picture for a larger version.

For a history of the Naugatuck Hall of Fame, click here.

Wish List . . .
The research part of our activities is always increasing, and the requests come from all over. We have a need for some reference books for our reference room. Below is a partial list of our needs. If you can donate any of these books to the Society, please . Thank You!

Wish List
Rockey, J. L. (editor) The History of New Haven County, published in 1892 in two volumes
Anderson, Joseph: The Town and City Of Waterbury, Connecticut. Three Volumes
Bronson, Henry: The History of Waterbury, Connecticut

We have also started a fund for purchasing books for the reference room. Our first donation was for $50 from Marilyn Nichols. Please consider contributing to this fund.

Museum store
Do your Shopping in our Museum Store! Buy a Naugatuck ornament, an afghan of Naugatuck landmarks, a NHS sweatshirt or a Naugatuck History book. Copies of Ron Gagliardi's book "Naugatuck Revisited" and Charles Slack's book "A Noble Obsession: Charles Goodyear, Thomas Hancock and the race to unlock the Greatest Industrial Secret of the Nineteenth Century" are still available. Many more items are available than are shown on the Museum Store page. Come and take a look!

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Thanks to our Corporate Members

* Connecticut Center for Restorative Dentistry

* Fitzpatrick, Mariano & Santos, P.C.  

* Horgan Academy of Irish Dance

LPL Financial - David C Mulhall, CPA

* Prior Consulting - Lisa Prior

* Purcaro Video Productions

* The Hills Restaurant

* Witkoski Associates

Corporate Member-ship Information

It's time to renew your Membership for 2014

If you're not a member, why not? Membership dues support this web site and other activities of the NHS.
Click here for our membership application.

Please consider remembering the NHS in your last will and testament.

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