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.
School, the Museum and the Sesquicentennial
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
of Connecticut This temporary exhibit featuring artifacts from Avery Soda,
the oldest soda company still bottling in Connecticut, Nardelli's
Grinder Shop, featured on the Travel Channel and Fascia's Chocolates,
a family owned and run business for generations will only be
available for two months. Explore the history of other local
flavors such as Peter Paul, Naugatuck Creamery and Diamond Ginger
Ale through the artifacts of the Society's archives. $2 a person,
$5 a family or free for members, call or email for group tours.
Saturday of the Month
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 www.wfsb.com.
For more information, visit the club website at www.naugatuckvalleygenealogyclub.org
or call Dick Kreitner, (203) 881-8181.
Annual Celebration of Art
Dedicated to Pam Bogert
Stroll through the historic railroad station enjoying art, wine,
cheese, silent auction, live music by the Woodwind Ensemble
and more. This year's celebration will include a juried show
and awards to artists in different categories.
Tickets available at the museum, $10 for members and $15 for
For information about having your artwork on display, please
contact the Society, 203 729 9039 or
If you are interested in having your business sponsor the 5th
Annual Celebration of Art and the awards for the artists please
or call Wendy Murphy at 203 218-5349. (Sponsorship
Thursdays are monthly programs offering a unique museum
experience. Each month on the first Thursday of the month
the Museum will be open from 6-8pm, each month will bring
a different opportunity to explore different topics, exhibits,
presentations, performances and other interactive programs.
The Naugatuck Savings Bank Foundation has generously funded
First Thursdays for an entire year, allowing us to hire professional
speakers and performers, add hands on activities for children
and families and update our exhibits to include more family
Upcoming Schedule includes:
The Citizen Solider and the Online Civil War Museum Students at Naugatuck High School have brought the 21st
Century to the Civil War at the Naugatuck Historical Society
Museum. Come and check out this ongoing project where students
get to work with primary sources and make them available to
the world through the online Museum.
Local author Karl Bacon will also be on site to give a presentation
on the life of the citizen solider during the Civil War. Get
to know what life was really like for the men who left their
families to go and fight for the blue and the grey.
Children can explore the North vs the South through flag and
May 2, 6-8pm
Salem Bridge Clock - Grand Opening One of our new artifacts on display is a working Salem
Bridge Clock with a reverse glass painting done by one of
the Whittemores. Come to the Museum and learn about these
unusual clocks with parts made right here, before we were
even called Naugatuck. We will have an expert on hand to share
the unique history of these clocks.
Reverse Painting? Sounds like it might be more like erasing,
but it is not. Let your family try their hand at this unique
art technique of painting on glass, where the details go first
and the background gets painted last. We won't be using real
glass, but it is much harder than it looks and will give you
a new appreciation for art work on each of the clocks.
Admission is free for members for all First
Thursdays and only $2 a person and $5 a family.
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
Items on the web site
Newsletters ("The Bridge") now on the
web site! Click button on top left of page (or go to newsletters)
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
info on Naugatuck's Mayors and Wardens, and past Presidents
of the NHS
Officers and Board Members
President and Town Historian
has a very illustrious history. Researching has led me to
uncover many little known facts and firsts about our community.”
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.
ornaments from past
years are still available; see them on the Museum
Store page. Also, see items recently put on SALE!
Hall of Fame
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.
history of the Naugatuck Hall of Fame, click here.
List . . .
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!
J. L. (editor)
History of New Haven County, published in 1892 in two
Town and City Of Waterbury, Connecticut. Three Volumes
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.
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!