For the second year running, the Canterbury Historical Society has found it impossible to pull off fall’s Old Home Day celebration on the Canterbury green because of COVID’s uncertainties. We normally need to start the planning process in late winter or very early spring, and this year at that time, there were still too many unknowns.
Things are looking up, however. We will have a tag sale fundraiser in June, and if the pandemic news remains good, will resume holding our monthly meetings with history-themed programs in September. See Events at the right side of this screen for details, and please check back for updates.
It is with deep sadness that we share news of the October 18 passing of society member and dedicated volunteer, Raymond Moffitt. Ray was a nice guy who also happened to be a top-notch carpenter and craftsman. When you once again have the opportunity to visit our restored one-room Green Schoolhouse, you will find Ray’s creative carpentry talents visible everywhere, from the installation of reproduction windows to the finely-crafted brackets that hold up our old Canterbury Station railroad sign. His skill and countless volunteer hours were key in the restoration effort.
The Rev. Bob Blackard, our wonderful Vice President and friend, passed away suddenly on October 20. Bob was a resident of Brooklyn, not Canterbury, but according to his daughter Keri Danner, her dad loved being part of the Canterbury Historical Society. We surely loved him too and are fortunate that he decided to join our organization. Bob was a sterling volunteer for annual Old Home Day and many other activities and events. When it was tough to find someone to take on a task, he very often stepped up.
We have come to the decision to cancel this year’s annual Canterbury Old Home Day fall celebration, as it requires extensive planning that should have already begun but has been stymied by a lack of volunteers to work on the planning committee—which couldn’t meet regardless, based on current COVID-19 restrictions. To us, it’s understandable that people need to concentrate more on the here and now rather than on a future event that may or may not happen, depending on the status of the world in future months. It’s our hope to put together some sort of community event once the threat of illness has passed, but for now nothing is definite.
As always, check back on this website and follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CanterburyHistoricalSociety.CT) for information and updates on scheduled events. We wish you good health in the coming days and look forward to seeing you all again as soon as we are given specific guidance that this health and safety challenge is behind us. Be well and be safe.
Dues for annual members of the Canterbury Historical Society are payable each January. We hope you will renew—or join for the first time— now.
Although our monthly meetings and history-themed programs are free and open to the public and everyone is welcome, only members in good standing, (that is, whose dues are paid up), are permitted to make and second motions, debate, and vote. For the princely sum of $10 you can join for a year and do all those things! Or do away with the nuisance of annual renewals and join as a lifetime member for only $100.
The Canterbury Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Membership is open to everyone interested in the organization’s objectives and willing to uphold its policies and subscribe to its bylaws, without regard to race, color, creed, sex, sexual preference or orientation, disability, or national origin.
Your membership dollars directly support the programs, events, and projects of the society. We never share your contact information with other businesses, organizations, or persons.
Many thanks to everyone who helped out in any way to make 2019 Canterbury Old Home Day on October 12 a fun day for the whole community—including exhibitors, musicians, sponsors, bakers, volunteers, and visitors. The weather was cloudy and cool, but the rain held off and we generated our own warmth.
As of September 15, we were no longer accepting exhibitor applications for this year’s Canterbury Old Home Day fall community celebration. As of October 3, our exhibitor waiting list also closed. If you would like to possibly exhibit next year, send an email to CanterburyOHD@gmail.com, and we’ll put you the contact list. Thanks for your interest.
From Sunday, September 1st to Saturday, September 14th, we would be delighted if you consider “rounding up” when you make a purchase at Canterbury’s Better Val-U IGA supermarket (at 4 North Canterbury Road, Canterbury). When you “round up” the amount of your purchase—say, $15.35 rounded up to $16.00—that extra 65¢ will be a sponsorship donation to the Canterbury Historical Society’s Old Home Day on October 12th. How cool is that?
Please consider shopping often between September 1st and September 14th, “round up” your purchase price and contribute to Canterbury Old Home Day. Thanks!
We cordially invite you to stop by at some point over this season at the charming 19th century Green district schoolhouse. Bring the kids or grandkids to let them experience a bit of what school was like, before all the intense screen time of the present. School was up close and personal back then. Because this little schoolhouse was in service into the 1950s, during your visit there’s a good chance you might even get to meet a volunteer who attended this school.
This year, the seasonal schedule will see the schoolhouse open for visitors on the following dates:
There’s also the option of requesting a different date and time; call 860-546-9062. We hope to see you there.
The location is Canterbury green, just behind the 1st Congregation Church of Canterbury. Put 6 South Canterbury Road, Canterbury, Connecticut into your GPS, and turn it at Library Road. Admission and parking are always free.
We are in the process of updating our historical society email list for notices of meetings and events. If you do not currently receive emails from us, but would like to, kindly send your full name and email address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or maybe you used to get our notices and haven’t provided us with your new email address?
We are happy to send these notices to anyone who is interested. No need to be a society member.