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News and Events
March 28, 2018
Spring News and Events
Great Programs and Events in March and April
Thank You to Antiques Show Volunteers
Thank you to all the wonderful and dedicated volunteers who helped out at the Connecticut Spring Antiques Show this past weekend. The Haddam Historical Society is fortunate to have many members, friends and residents devote time to make our largest fundraiser a success. We appreciate their time, effort and talents. 
Show Chair: Tracy LaComb
Show Treasurer: Terry Smith
Volunteers: Amy Roper
Appearance: Gail Christie
Parking: Emily Smith
Publicity: Melissa Pionzio
Program: Bill Schneider
Dealer Lunch: Debbie Karpf

Elizabeth Adams
Claude & Nancy Albert
Mark & Jane Aldieri
Lynda Birch
Charlene Breen
Aydin Caginalp & Stephanie Denkowicz
Jack Calhoun
Tiger Carlson
Rusty & Diane Clowes
Gail Christie & Mark Stephens
Carl & Marijean Conrad
Liz Conroy
Lynne Cooper & Russ Pekrul
Kathy Curran & Patrick Pinnell
Marge DeBold
Mel Ellis
Melissa Gibson
Rogene & Stewart Gillmor
Gloria Gorton
Bill Gresham
Richard & Sally Haase
Pat Hartman
Holly & Tim Jarrell
Patricia & Kent Jarrell
David Kaplan
Debbie Karpf

Karen Kruger
Tracy LaComb
Davy Malloy
Elizabeth Malloy
Prema Manohar
Gerry Matthews
Dianne & Annie McHutchison
Barbara & Russ Miller
 Dr. Donald E. Miller
Edward & Judy Munster
Sarah & David Neal
Joanne Nesti
Cindy O’Neill
Melissa Pionzio
Gail Reynolds
Bruce Ricker
Lorraine Riess
Amy Roper
Bill Schneider
Laura Schneider
Isabelle Seggerman
Carol & Terry Smith
Emily Smith
Ed & Kathy Stanton
Barbara & John Stellenwerf
Cindy Sullivan
Donna Torza
Terry Twigg
Bob Waller
The HHS Banner goes to Marrakech, Morocco with Marijean and Carl Conrad
If you would like to take the banner on your next trip just call Lisa at 860-345-2400 to make arrangements
Haddam Meadow Spring Day Hike Saturday, March 31 from 10 am to 12 noon
(rain date: April 7)
Join Lisa Malloy, Director of the Haddam Historical Society, Gail Reynolds, UCONN Extension Master Gardener Coordinator, Rob & Alberta Mirer, East Haddam birders, and Cherry Czuba, CT DEEP Adopt-a-Park volunteer for a walk about in Haddam Meadows State Park. Learn about the history, geology, floodplains habitats of the area, human impact on the land, avian life along the river and much more. Free and open to the public. Dogs must be on leash.

Jail Open House, Saturday, April 14 - 9am to 12 noon

 Tour the cell block area, learn the history of the building and grounds. Historic Middlesex County Jail at 945 Saybrook Road. Sponsored by the Town of Haddam, Haddam Economic Development Commission, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and Haddam Historical Society.

Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom
Book Talk by Russell Shorto- April 14 at 7 pm at Firehouse, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum

On April 14, 2018 best-selling author, Russell Shorto will discuss his new book, Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom , which weaves the stories of six historic figures during the American Revolution, including local Haddam legend and freed slave, Venture Smith . The book addresses the significance of individual freedom and rights and how they were the inspiration and catalyst for powerful change. The program will be held at the Haddam Fire Station No. 1 at 7 pm.

Russell Shorto , author of the best seller “ The Island at the Center of the World ,” about the Dutch founding of Manhattan, has won numerous awards for his writing, and his books have been published in 14 languages. The New York Times review notes that with Revolution Song “Shorto artfully weaves the stories together and leaves it to the reader to draw conclusions.” Amy Chua, Tiger Mom author, stated “Brilliant, captivating and fast-paced , Revolution Song is a wonderfully original take on the American Revolution that reads like a thriller.” The Kirkus Review noted “Smith’s story is especially lively.”

The program, which is free and open to the public, is supported by a generous grant from Connecticut Humanities and sponsored by the Haddam Historical Society, East Haddam Historical Society and First Church Cemetery Association of East Haddam.
The program will start at 7 pm at the Haddam Fire Station No. 1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum, CT 06441. The program is free and open to the public. For additional information call 860-345-2400 or email contact@haddamhistory.org
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Haddam Neck Quarry Hike
Stories and Stones

On Saturday, April 28, 2018 the Haddam Historical Society in collaboration with the Middlesex Land Trust will host a “Quarry Hike” at the Brainerd Quarry Preserve in Haddam Neck. This will be followed by a special tour of a private quarry off of Ague Spring Road.

The hike will start at 9:00 am at the Preserve on Injun Hollow Road and will be headed up by Harold Moritz, a geologist, mineral collector and photographer who focuses on minerals from his native Connecticut. He is very active in several Connecticut mineral/gem clubs and is a board member of the Geological Society of Connecticut. 

The Brainerd Quarry, and others on Quarry Hill, were active for over 150 years in the 18 th and 19 th centuries and followed the best rock along the so-called “Allen Vein”. They provided stone for many local building and road projects, plus many in New York City, Virginia and New Orleans. Free and open to the public. For additional information please call 860-345-2400 or email contact@haddamhistory.org