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Haddam Historical Society
Thankful Arnold House Museum
June 7, 2019
Haddam Historical Society Scholarship Award, 2019
Pictured below: Sadie Ann Strom and Susann Costa

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019 the Haddam Historical Society presented its seventh annual High School Scholarship Award at the Haddam-Killingworth High School Award Ceremony to Sadie Ann Strom, daughter of Heather and Dalton Strom of Higganum. The $500 scholarship award was based upon scholastic standing, contribution to school, community activities and interest in history. Sadie will be attending the University of Vermont in the fall.
The society is delighted to be able to help support the continued education of one of our community’s deserving students and advocate for the importance of history both locally and globally, noted Scholarship chair Susann Costa.

Croquet and Chardonnay
We had a very successful Croquet and Chardonnay on Saturday, June 1, 2019 with perfect weather, lovely courses and fierce competition. First and fore-most thank you to Stephanie Denkowicz and Aydin Caginalp for hosting the event. We had four courses including the infamous Heartbreak Hill and two rounds. Winners of each round met for a final poison match and Karen  came out the winner and was awarded the golden mallet. Hat prizes were awarded to Charlotte Stetson, Trish Jarrell and Dodie Ruimerman.

Thank you to court designers Tim Jarrell and Kevin LaComb. We also thank the many people who made the day a success including Emily Smith, Tracy LaComb, Ron and Mary Alice Matulevich, Sue and Dave Costa, Laura Schneider, Donna Brinckerhoff, Amy Roper, Sarah Neal, Deb Rutter, Carol and Terry Smith, and Marijean Conrad. A big thank you to Diane Clowes for the fabulous Sphnix Cake and cookies. In addition, we thank Al Anderson and Tom Piezzo, Director Brainerd Memorial Library. 

Open House Day
Join us on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Thankful Arnold House for
Connecticut’s Open House Day. 

Haddam Historical Society presents
With expert Peter Gedrys
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Haddam Community Center, 7 Candlewood Hill Road, Higganum, CT 06441
Free and Open to the Public

" When discussing antique furniture we embrace the term "original finish". This highly prized surface is sought after by dealers and collectors alike. Yet what is an "original finish?"
This talk will discuss the materials and methods of furniture finishing through the ages including:
French Polish
As time allows a few application techniques will be demonstrated.

Peter Gedrys has restored Continental and American furniture for 30 years. He's taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology, written extensively for Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding magazines and has been featured in the Hartford Courant and New York Times. His website may be viewed at:

For further information please call 860-345-2400 or email

Water Garden Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to water the gardens at the Thankful Arnold House Museum this summer! We ask that volunteers take a week shift and water as needed based on the amount of rain we get. We do have planters under the grape arbor which do need daily watering (if no rain).

The gardens have never looked better thanks to Deb Rutter and Cindy Sullivan and their garden fairies including Charlene Breen, Judy Munster, Rosie Connors, Amy Roper and Rogene Gillmor. We have two master gardener students helping out Terry Twigg who is working on a medicinal brochure and Sue who is identifying flowers and plants in our border gardens.

Watering Weeks available:
Sunday through Saturday
June 16 to June 22
June 23 to June 29
June 30 to July 6
July 7 to July 13
July 14 to July 20
July 21 to July 27
July 28 to August 3
August 4 to August 10
August 11 to August 17
August 18 to August 24
August 24 to August 31
Call Lisa at 860-345-2400 or email
Good bye......Hello!
At our Annual Meeting on May 23 the Haddam Historical Society said goodbye to board members Jack Calhoun, Marijean Conrad, Sue Costa and outgoing President Dianne McHutchison. We thank them for all their hard work, dedication and talents to make the Society a better organization.

We welcomed four new board members, John Edmonsdon, Lindamae Peck, Isabelle Seggerman and Jim Simpson. The Society is excited to have them “on board” …literally and look forward to working with them to meet our mission to preserve, collect, interpret and promote Haddam Heritage!

Our officers for  2019-2020 are
Terry Smith, President
Bill Schneider, Vice-President
Emily Smith, Secretary
Carl Conrad, Treasurer

Dianne McHutchison
Jack Calhoun
Sue Costa with HHS Banner in CUBA
Marijean Conrad with husband Carl with HHS banner, Easter Islands