Haddam Historical Society
Thankful Arnold House Museum
December 13, 2016

The Thankful Arnold House Museum's gift shop will be open for special holiday shopping on

Thursday, December 15 from 4 pm to 8 pm
Sunday, December 18 from 1 pm to 4 pm

On Thursday, December 15 we will be serving the "infamous" Frances Phipps Wassail. Ms. Phipps was an early driving force at the Historical Society and Thankful Arnold House Museum. She was also a founder of the Connecticut Spring Antiques Show and noted author and historian. Wassail is a medieval drink of hot mulled cider. Stop in for a cup of cheer!

Thankful's Cupboard is full of wonderful and special gifts for the discerning shopper. We have locally made crafts, ornaments, and our signature candles. The shop also features an array of antiques and collectibles as well as local history books, maps and more! Please come out and support local history.


Winter Woolies 2017!

January 22, 2017
February 5, 2017
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thankful Arnold House Museum
14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT
Do you have a knitting or needlework project that has been sitting around waiting for you to finish it?  Join Beth Hartke to work on that neglected piece or start a new one and enjoy the company of others with NO modern-day intrusions.  Registration is required, since space is limited.  Admission is free.
For further information call Lisa at Haddam Historical Society 345-2400 or contact@haddamhistory.org.

Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Their History, Memories & Legacy

Marty Podskoch
January 29, 2017
2 pm at the Haddam Fire Station No. #1
439 Saybrook Road, Higganum, CT 06441

Mr. Podskoch will talk about his new book
Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Their History, Memories & Legacy. Camp Filley in Haddam was established in 1933 and played an important role in the town for the next decade.

The CCC was a public works program that operated from 1933 to 1942, as part of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. It targeted young men and veterans in relief families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression, providing unskilled manual labor related to environmental conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands.
Volunteers planted nearly 3 billion trees to help reforest America, constructed more than 800 parks nationwide, updated forest fire fighting methods, and built a network of service buildings and public roadways. In nine years, 2.5 million young men participated in restoring morale and public appreciation of the outdoors.
Mr. Podskoch's book describes the history and projects of the 21 camps located throughout the state including the three camps in Cockaponset SF in Killingworth, Haddam, and Madison.
Enrollees signed up for six months and worked a 40-hour week for $30 a month The government sent $25 to the enrollee's family and the enrollee received $5. The young men received good food, uniforms, and medical care. At first they lived in tents; later they lived in wooden buildings. These young men and special camps for war veterans were able to help their families and gain a sense of worth.
There are hundreds of pictures of the boys at work and at camp, sometimes laboring mightily, other times clowning around or playing on camp teams. There are excerpts from camp newspapers of cartoons, poems, doggerel, and songs that will delight the reader for this unique window into their lives.

Free for members/supporters of the Haddam Historical Society
$3 for non members.

This program will be followed up by a  history walk lead by Rob Butterworth in the Spring of 2017 of the Camp Filley site off of Filley Road. Look for information SOON!
We wish all our friends, neighbors and supporters and happy and healthy New Year!

-The Staff and Board of the Haddam Historical Society

Please remember the Haddam Historical Society in your end of the year giving! A donation can be sent to P.O. Box 97, Haddam, CT 06438 or make a donation online at www.haddamhistory.org

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