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The HSEH newsletter is printed 5 times during each Historical Society year - about the beginning of Sept., Nov., Jan., March, and May. To access a recent copy (Mar 2011 and newer) of the Historical Society newsletter click on the date of interest below.

Below are highlights for the newsletters starting in March 2011. Each newsletter has as its first item the President's Message which is not noted below. In the September issues are the nominations for officers and directors.

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Recent Newsletters of the Historical Society - Highlights

Mar 2023     * President Strange: HSEH Recent Accomplishments and Plans
 * C Johnson: HSEH Business Meeting Wed Mar 15, 2pm at Brewer House; no Program
 * C Johnson: More on Grants from CT Humanities
 * "Looking Back with Susan (Barlow)" Feb 1945 Bergren Dairy ad
 * C Johnson: New Donation - 1813 Goodwin Tavern sign
 * Mar 19 Program: "New Finds & Highlights from the HSEH Collection" with Ruth Shapleigh-Brown, 3pm, Raymond Library; no Business
Jan 2023     * President Strange: HSEH Recent Accomplishments and Plans
 * C Johnson updates on minor damage to Bemont House, roof repair on Goodwin Schoolhouse
 * EH Nadeau Family Photos Offered to Huguenot (Bemont) House
 * Items from Htfd Courant "Looking Back" to Aug 4 1939, Susan Barlow
 * Jan 18 program Battle of the Bulge with Aaron Elson, 1pm, Brewer House
Nov 2022     * President Strange: paranormal investigations at the Huguenot House, roof repair needed for Goodwin Schoolhouse, plans for Goodwin House (oldest in EH), memberships given to young volunteers at Halloween Party, HSEH will help commemorate Nov 11 at Doughboy statue READY
 * Craig Johnson: Nartin Park houses - Blacksmith 2nd floor organized by Joe Roman - thanks; Goodwin schoolhouse badly needs new roof, Wethersfield donor offered unused red cedar shake shingles for this roof
 * New library hours & covid restrictions move the regular Wed meeting to 2pm at Brewer House
 * Call for volunteers to decorate the Brewer House for Holidy Fest
 * Halloween event photos of new, young members helping host the event
Sept 2022     * President Strange: HSEH Recent Accomplishments and Plans
 * June Dates to Remember
 * Info Vintage Hat Show, Sept 17
 * Photos Brewer Garden Dedication, Art Show, House Decorations - event July 16
 * Annual Dinner Sept 21, Hillstown Grange
 * Sept 18 program Preserving EH's 17th c Goodwin House with Steve Bielitz
May 2022     * President Strange: HSEH Recent Accomplishments and Plans
 * In Memoriam - Member Charles Beebe
 * June Dates to Remember
 * May 18, Raymond library 6:30pm, Program Sgt. Heman Baker's E Htfd. Gravesite with Thomas Hogan
Mar 2022     * President Strange - Hockanum school Project, furnishing the Brewer House
 * Brewer House meeting Mar 16 - Dowd collection 1870 census page with mention of Craig Johnson's g-g-grandparents of E Htfd, some plans for the Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant
 * Call for docents for Martin Park Bldgs
 * Help sought for mailings to owners of EH's historic homes
 * Society helped commemorate Roger Olmsted Day, Feb 22, EH WWII soldier killed at Iwo Jima
 * Very brief bio of Roger Olmsted
 * March 1929 EH car ad from the Manchester Evening Herald
Jan 2022     * President Strange on the Society - holiday at the Brewer House, planning for June art show, Hockanum School bldg, call for more volunteers
 * Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant received from CT Humanities
 * Carl Webeer's 2 Round House photos, before the fire 1983 and on the morning of the fire 1997
 * Info sought on Albert Raymond finances
 * Brewer House decorated for the December open house events
Nov 2021     * President Strange Announces Holiday Fest Social on Dec 5, Calls for Volunteers
 * HSEH Nov 11 Remembrance at Raymond, Nov 17 Meeting
 * HSEH Remembers Long Time Members Betty Squires and Josephine Wiley Sale
 * Thanksgiving Postcards circa 1921, Lighthearted
 * Notes from the Thomas Dowd Files
 * Membership Info and Form
Sept 2021     * President Strange is seeking help at Brewer House, with Hockanum School, Nov Wreath Laying at WWI Monument
 * HSEH 2021-2022 Memberships Due
 * HSEH Annual Meeting & Dinner with Ruthie Brown Speaker
 * Nominations for Directors
 * Overview HSEH Museums in Martin Park
 * Gift to HSEH of Capt Thomas Dowd Items
May 2021     * President Strange is seeking help at Brewer House, with Hockanum School, Auditing HSEH books
 * HSEH to participate in Sunday, June 6, CT Open Trails Day, and Sunday, June 12, CT Open House Day - Huguenot House to open
 * Recognize people in these snippets of old HSEH letter?
 * Old E Htfd house moved to Savannah with hidden French-Indian battle scene
 * CANCELLATION of May Program due to covid
Mar 2021     * President Strange seeks volunteer to help with financial accounting; welcomes new Director Frank Forrest
 * HSEH awarded 20k grant for condition assessment of Makens-Bemont House
 * Ruthie is offering to share writeups on house preservation/care with those interested
 * CANCELLATION of Mar Program due to covid
Jan 2021     * President Strange seeks comments, suggestions for Hockanum Shool Improvements
 * Vice-President Johnson seeks grants to update the Goodwin Schoolhouse
 * Temporary technical problems cause change of HSEH email address to webmaster@hseh.org (with ehhs in subject)
 * CANCELLATION of Jan Program due to covid
Nov 2020     * WWI Canadian 99th Battalion medal and photos, from HSEH collections
 * President Strange's new book published on early Spanish explorers
 * Some comments on history of America's 1st Thanksgiving
 * CANCELLATION of Nov Program due to covid
Sept 2020     * Board Nominations 2020-
 * Membership renewal info, form, financial aid
 * Books for sale - "CT 169 Club" and "Greater Hartford Memories"
 * Covid closes Martin Park Houses in summer; update on Houses' needs, search for aid
 * Planning Preservation of Hockanum School
 * CANCELLATION of Sept Annual Dinner/Program due to covid
May 2020     * Brief Obituary for Long-time Member "Frank" Tedeschi
 * President's Message to Society - Support in This Time
 * 2008 Photo of Members of HSEH & FCC Honoring Town Historian Doris Suessman
 * CANCELLATION OF May 20th Program and look ahead to summer event possibilites
Mar 2020     * Brief Obituary for Long-time Member and Respected Politician Timothy Moynihan
 * 2 Books for Sale to Help Suppport the Historical Society
 * March 18th Program on Early Architecture of East Hartford CANCELLED
Jan 2020     * Society Shows Older High School Graduation Photos
 * Jan 15th Program on "Votes for Women, 1919" with Former State Senator & History Professor Mary Ann Handley
Nov 2019     * Reports on Martin Park Historic Houses Seasonal Closings, Pitkin Schoolers Visit to Houses, Coming Exhibit of High School Photos, from the 40s, 50s, etc, HSEH facebook address
 * Invitation to Dec 8 Social at the Brewer House
 * Winner and Runnersup of 1917 Puzzle Contest in Sept 2019 Newsletter
 * Nov Program: Noted Artist From E Htfd Henry Hammond Ahl with Ray Tubbs
Sept 2019     * Annual Dinner & Program Detailed Information
 * Annual Dinner Form (Required) & Membership Form
 * HSEH Nominations for 2019-2020
 * Invitation to 1877 Htfd Lithograph Unveiling, Oct 5
 * Dues & Mail Reminder
 * Try a 1917 Challenge
 * Sept Program: History of East Hartford's First Congregational Church with Church historian Howard Severino
May 2019     * Lines from a Mother's Poem, ca 1860, Found in Goodwin Collection
 * Photos of new Huguenot House Roof
 * HSEH Open House at Brewer House June 9
 * May Program: East Hartford Artist Mrs Jessie Preston with Gary Knoble
Mar 2019     * Mar 9 An Afternoon of Artifacts and Archeology with the HSEH
 * Mar 30 Connecticut Gravestone Symposium 2019  * Mar Program:Louise DeMars, Executive Director of Bristol's New England Carousel Museum, to Speak
Jan 2019     * Mar 23 Louise DeMars, Executive Director of Bristol's New England Carousel Museum, to Speak
 * Jan Program:"16th Century Eyewitness Accounts to Spanish US Expeditions" with Steven Strange
Nov 2018     * Oct 20 Rededication of E Hartford's Doughboy
 * Oct ('Nov') Program Flyer:"They Called Her Reckless - A True Story of War and One Extraordinary Horse" with Janet Barrett
Sep 2018     * Sep Annual Dinner Menu, Information and Reservation Form
 * Sep Annual Dinner Program:"CT Civilian Conservation Corps Camps" with Martin Podskoch
 * 2018-2019 Membership Form
 * 2 New Pictorial Books of Interest: CT 169 Club, Greater Hartford Memories
 * 2 Area Events of Historical Interest
May 2018     * WWI Digitization Day at the Raymond Library a Success
 * Remembering Flora Pickles Ranney
 * May Program Write-up and Flyer:"From Flood Plain to Constitution Plaza" with Jason Scappaticci
Mar 2018     * Mar Program:Local Author Maty Podskoch Will talk About His New Book Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps
Rescheduled Program from January POSTPONED - Weather
Jan 2018     * Remembering Irene Cone
 * "Starting The New Year on the Lighter Side" with Ruth Shapleigh-Brown
 * Jan Program:Local Author Maty Podskoch Will talk About His New Book Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps
Program RESCHEDULED for March - Weather
Nov 2017     * Report on bus tours of Martin Park houses, progress on collections management
 * Nov Program:Lance Kozikowski presents local Revolutionary War hero Capt Buckland, soldier, privateer, martyr on British prison ship
Sep 2017     * Hartford Fine Art and Framing Ad - Greater Hartford and WWI with Thomas Hogan
 * HSEH Board Nominations
 * Update from the HSEH Collections Committee with Photos of Unknown 19th Century Men & Wome
 * Annual Dinner Information and Sep Program:"The Sinking of the RMS Lusitania" with Jason Scappaticci
May 2017     * World War I Honors List From St John's Church
 * Images of some Historical Society Items from World War I, Thomas Hogan
 * May Program:East Hartford in World War I, with Thomas Hogan
Mar 2017     * Heman Baker, Revolutionary War Soldier, Buried Alongside Willow Street
 * donation by Kathleen Naughton Connolly: two photos of East Hartford's Veterans' United Homes, circa WWII, with brief writeup
 * Mar Program CANCELLED:Captain Stephen Buckland, Revolutionary War Blackasmith, with Lance Kozikowski
Jan 2017     * Comments on December's 'Meet and Greet' at the Brewer House
 * article by Shirley Finney "A Short History of St John's Church" in East Hartford from its beginning in 1854 to its final service December 24, 2016
 * two donations to the Society: 100 year old Bryant & Chapman wood milkbox for holding delivered milk, photo; scrapbook of East Hartford Square Dance Club in 1960s, 1970s
 * Jan Program:Noel Tomas' 'History of Connecticut Glassworks', focus on Coventry Museum of Connecticut Glass and Pitkin & Mather glass companies of East Hartford/Manchester
Nov 2016     * notes on Chris Kullstroem's talk on the world's monster/devils
 * examples of ca 1916 Thanksgiving cards
 * overview of 2 donations - ca 1940 photo of Burnside Ave and ca early 1930s aerial photo of intersection of Forbes and Silver Lane
 * Nov Program: the 1919 murder of security guard Walter Madden during an attempted silk robbery at the Cheney Mills presented by Walter Scadden author of Murder in Manchester
Sep 2016     * "Brewer Tobacco Plantation" by Bette Daraskevich, development of the extensive Brewer Land holdings in East Hartford in the 19th century
 * 1913 Proclamation Naming Joseph Foran Best Skunk Trapper.
 * Sep Annual Dinner with Program:"Ye Olde Lebanon Towne Militia Co," Major Kenneth Giella will speak on the 18th century irregular militia which defended Lebanon against the British in the Revolution. Major Giella commands today's militia reenacting group as it re-creates colonial civilian and military life styles.
May 2016     * "John James MCCook" Research on identifying a John James McCook in an old photo sent to the Historical Society led to this writeup - was a member of the famous Civil War 'Fighting McCooks' family of Ohio, served as lieutenant in the war, studied theology at Trinity, became pastor of East Hartford's St John's Church for 61 years, lived with his family in the Butler-McCook home in Hartford today Hartford's oldest home. Bette Daraskevich
 * May Program: 1964/1965 New York's World Fair, a PowerPoint slideshow bringing happy memories to those of us who visited it 50 years ago (remember the monorail? the Travelers building? Belgian waffles?) and a visual tour for those who didn't see it, presented by Jason Scappaticci
Mar 2016     * Colt's East Hartford's Connections - Colt family buildings off what is today Colt Street, the East Hartford Pitkin claim to precedence over Colt in the manufacture of precision made interchangeable parts - comments by Bill Doak, Gazette
 * Mar Program:Buck Zaidel will make a PowerPoint presentation on his new book Heroes for All Time; Connecticut Civil War Soldiers Tell Their Stories, a book based on soldiers' letters, diaries, period photographs.
Jan 2016     * "Ashbel Webster, Revolutionary War Soldier, Remembered", Ashbel was from East Hartford, photo of his memorial stone and listing of his Service
 * Ashbel Webster Wordsearch Puzzle and Solution
 * Jan Program:Lance Kozikowski's program will be on the history of the American tinsmith trade, started about the time of the Revolution. He has worked extensively in tinsmithing at Old Sturbridge Village and will show some of his tinware reproductions.
Nov 2015     * Nov Program:Officer Woodrow Tinsley of the East Hartford CREST Police Dive Team will speak about the 85 foot schooner partially submerged in mud off East Hartford, the exploratory dives his dive team made in the summer of that schooner, and the artifacts they brought up. RESCHEDULED from Jan
Sep 2015     * "Tavern, Tavern, Who's Got the Tavern?", Bette Daraskevich fascinating look into early American taverns including the secret of why Johnny Appleseed was really planting all those apple trees.
 * Sep Annual Dinner with Program: Beth Lapin presents a PowerPoint presentation on her book Caravan of Dreams story of 19th century English gypsies with ties to East Hartford
Sep 2015 Part 2  * Civil War Snapshot, Conclusion 8/64-5/65
Sep 2015 Part 3     * Images of Civil War Men of East Hartford, ca 186-1865 and GAR
May 2015     * Joseph O Goodwin's "Notes From My Journals" Conclusion, 1882-1890, continued from Mar 2015, Bette Daraskevich
 * Henry Howard Brownell 1820-1872 Some Notes from Mary Dowden, past HSEH Historian, Brownell was Civil War poet who sailed with Admiral Farragutt on the Hartford, during the battle wrote of the battle of Mobile Bay.
 * Civil War Snapshot 5/64-8/64
 * May Program:Carolyn Stearns of the National Storytelling Network will use her art to bring history to life, including the story of George Strong who painted Abraham Lincoln.
Mar 2015     * Joseph O Goodwin's "Notes From My Journals" Part 2, The Early Years -July 1881, continued from Nov 2014, Bette Daraskevich
 * photo of French copy of 18th c French frigate L'Hermione with its American itinerary 2015, ship brought LaFayette to Boston in 1780 and fought with Admiral deGrasse at Yorktown in 1781.
 * Learning from old gravestones and historic buikdings, information on tour of Center Cametery and the Martin Park buildings.
 * Mar Program:Battle of Iwo Jima - talk and slide presentation of the Feb-Mar 1945 battle against the heavily fortified island south of the Japanese mainland resulting in 6800 American deaths 100 from CT and also Joe Rosenthal's famous photograph of Marines raising the flag over Mt Suribachi - Gary Roy and Marianne Mihalyo.
Jan 2015     * French General Rochambeau and his Army in East Hartford in 1781 and 1782
 * Rochambeau & East Hartford Wordsearch Puzzle and solution.
 * Jan Program:Officer Woodrow Tinsley of the East Hartford CREST Police Dive Team will speak about the 85 foot schooner partially submerged in mud off East Hartford, the exploratory dives his dive team made of that schooner, and the artifacts they brought up. POSTPONED due to illness. See Nov 2015.
Nov 2014     * Joseph O Goodwin's "Notes From My Journals", The Early Years 1843-1865, encapsulated notes from the diary of this well-known town clerk, his education, business and family life, Bette Daraskevich
 * Civil War Snapshot 4/64-5/64
 * Nov Program: Dr Glen Gordinier CT uses his book The Rockets' Red Glare: The War of 1812 and Connecticut as basis for his illiustrated talk on the impact of the British blockade of Long Island Sound and of the British attacks on the CT shore in 1814 and how CT fought back.
Sep 2014     * George Goodwin, Quartermaster of the 29th CVI (Colored), Notes from his Grandaughter Mary Goodwin
 * Civil War Snapshot 10/63-3/64
 * Sep Annual Dinner with Program:Tom Callinan, CT's 1st Troubadour, sings songs of the War of 1812 and the Civil War.
May 2014     * Help wanted for Friends' annual Center Cemetery cleanup day May 17th.
 * May Program: "History of the Hillstown Grange" founded in 1888 when National Grange was just 20 years old, included East Hartford, north Glastonbury, south Manchester and local Hillstown area; still actively supports rural community activities
Mar 2014     * Civil War Letter of John F Allen of East Hartford
 * Civil War Snapshot 7/63-10/63
 * Mar Program:"Kayaking Along the Upper CT River" Jeff Feldman presents visually stunning photos of nature and wildlife taken from his kayak as he explored the upper CT River.
Jan 2014     * Jan Program:HSEH heritage clothes modeled for the Women's Club in Nov are to be presented to members and guests of this Society.
Nov 2013     * Print of East Hartford's Goodwin Paper Mill, Ray Tubbs
 * Civil War Snapshot 5/63-6/63
 * Nov Program:Based on his book New York to Boston: From Fourteen Days to Six Hours Richard DeLuca discusses the various types of travel going through Hartford and East Hartford from the post rider of ca 1700 to the Merritt Parkway of 1938; some local photos will be shown - Richard DeLuca
Sep 2013     * "Samuel A Pratt Letter", Samuel is Civil War soldier from East Hartford, Craig Johnson
 * Civil War Snapshot 3/63-5/63
 * Notice of program for Women's Club Nov meeting: HSEH dresses, 1850-ca1920, to be modeled.
 * Sep Annual Dinner with Program:Program presents digitized images of town's aerial photographs from 1928, 1935; recently added to town websites; images will be shown on a much larger screen and in greater detail - Brian Smith
May 2013     * Civil War Letter of John F Allen of East Hartford
 * Civil War Snapshot 10/62-2/63
 * May program:"Hinck's Mess - 'The Dog Robber'" - Bill Mellow, cook for Hinck's Mess, 14th CVI Reenactor Group, discusses the Civil War's cooks' responsibilities and resourcefulness (legal and illegal) in feeding troops.
Mar 2013     * Corporal William B Bryant, Co A, 21st CVI and Discharge Paper
 * Civil War Snapshot 8/62-9/62
 * Mar program:"The Long Journey Home for Albert Afraid of Hawk" - story of Lakota (Sioux) member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, died and buried in Danbury in 1900; in 2008 his relatives gave his remains a Lakota burial on the Pine Ridge Reservation - Dr Bellantoni, CT State Archaeologist
Jan 2013     * Historical Society at Wickham Park Civil War Reenactment
 * Civil War Snapshot 7/62
 * Jan program:The Pitkin Glassworks 1783-1830 - Pitkin Family awarded 25 year monoply on manufacturing glass by CT General Asembly; created 1st successful CT glassworks (Manchester), made handblown glass items inkwells, bottles, snuffboxes, etc - Noël E. Tomás
Nov 2012     * Around and About - Ed & Marie Carlson Remember October 29, 2011; Futtners' Farm Turns 100, Receives the Century Farm Award; "Local Girl Makes Good" Kateri Tekekwitha (statue on St Isaac Jogues Church) is Named Saint; Some Photos of the September 29-30, 2012 Reenactment at Wickham Park (see also Sep Sep 2012 newsletter)
 * Civil War Snapshot 5/62-6/62
 * Nov Program:"The Old Leatherman" mysterious wanderer along CT country roads, who wore scraps of leather and slept in caves 1856-1889, by Dan DeLuca
Sep 2012     * US Congressman John Larson Honored for Work on W3R-NHT; for more on the W3R see Mar 2011 newsletter
 * HSEH's 2013 East Hartford's Historic Picture's Calendar, fundraiser
 * announcement HSEH at Wickham Park Sep reenactment for the 150th Civil War commemoration
 * Civil War Snapshot 2/62-4/62
 * Sep Annual Dinner with Program:Musician/Historian Rick Spencer sings Civil War Songs
May 2012     * Reprint "1st (Congregational) Church Organized on 1699" , Mary Dowden, past HSEH Historian
 * Civil War Snapshot 8-9/61-1/62
 * May Program: 19th Century Clara Barton - Civil War Nurse, Red Cross Organizer & Mary Walker - Civil War Surgeon, only woman to earn Medal of Honor, Suffragette - by Mary Ann Handley
Mar 2012     * "The Larrarbys of Larrabee Street", research on distant relatives Ezekiel of Maine whose Revolutionary War Service paper is in the Huguenot House and William the first Larrabee in East Hartford and for whose family Larrabee Street is named , Bette Daraskevich
 * East Hartford Memories by Craig and Mary Johnson
 * Civil War Snapshot 5/61-8/61
 * Mar Program: PowerPoint program on the maritime history of Long Island Sound 1750-1820 - trade with the West Indies, Revolution, War of 1812 - Richard Radune author of Sound Rising
Jan 2012     * "A Tale of Two Crafty Lawyers", Thomas Burnham and William Pitkin, and their 17th Century Local 'Hatfield & McCoy' Squabbles, Bette Daraskevich
 * "More Reminiscences of the October 29th Storm"
 * Jan Program: The Burnside Ice Co, 2nd Oldest Family-Owned Business in Town, Bob McClellan
Nov 2011     * "Some Reminiscences of the Storm of Saturday October 29, 2011", Betty Knose
 * Nov Program: Connecticut in the American Civil War: Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival, Dr Matthew Warshauer
Sep 2011     * "Haunted", Brief Summary of Huguenot House Paranormal Research, Bette Daraskevich
 * Marchers Reenacted the French Army's 1781 Visit, Betty Knose
 * Sep Annual Dinner with Program: Tom DeLucco of Butler's Rangers on Loyalist Colonial Corps in the Revoution
May 2011     * "The Historic Huguenot House at Age 250", Craig Johnson
 * Civil War Snapshot 3/61-4/61
 * May Program: CT's Role at Gettysburg, July 1863 with Connie Satton
Mar 2011     * "Why a Civil War?", Bette Daraskevich
 * Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historical Trail, W3R, 2nd Anniversary
 * A very brief overview/timeline of the Civil War will be printed in following newsletters as we commemorate the war; the overview starts with Civil War Snapshot, 11/60-2/61
 * Mar Program: 17th Century Hartford Witch Trials, in 1662 years before Salem's trials. Robert Laughlin