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November 19 Claus Visit to the One-Room School, Photos and Recap

On Saturday, November 19th the Canterbury Historical Society was pleased and honored to welcome Santa and Mrs. Merry Claus to our historic Green District One-Room Schoolhouse for a pre-Thanksgiving/pre-Christmas visit. Mrs. Claus made lots of tasty cookies, and the kids who stopped in had the chance to sit and chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus without the whole rush of, “Hey, get your photo taken and move on!” that sometimes happens at the mall. We think the setting was far more charming than the mall too.

Adults were not only welcome to take as many photos as they wanted but also to have their own pictures taken with the Clauses if they so chose. Special thanks to Mike Kotowski and his accordion for providing some very nice Christmas music to make the day even more special. All in all, it was a fine afternoon for cookies, for Clauses, and for the community.

We hope when we invite Santa and the Mrs. back from the North Pole next year, that even more kids, both young and old, will stop in for a cookie and a good time.

Check out the lovely photos of the visit by talented Canterbury Historical Society board member Linda Orlomoski at this link.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/CanterburyHistoricalSociety.CT/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154072673553372

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Courant Community Newspaper Article on Our November 5th Tour of Canterbury Green National Historical District

On November 5, the Canterbury Historical society hosted a group of visitors from UConn as part of the university’s planned outings to visit all 169 towns in Connecticut.

The Courant Community article about the tour is at this link.
http://www.courant.com/community/canterbury/hc-kn-1117-canterbury-history-walk-20161115-story.html

More about the tour on its webpage  on this site.
http://canterburyhistorical.org/?event=canterbury-historical-society-hosts-walking-tour-of-canterbury-green-national-historic-district-with-UConn

A few photos on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/CanterburyHistoricalSociety.CT/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154020013618372

Courant Community Newspaper Coverage of Our Walktober Event on the Historic Clark Property

On October 28, 2016, the historical society once again participated in The Last Green Valley’s annual Walktober event, welcoming visitors to the historic Captain John Clark in property in Canterbury for a walk and talk. Thanks to reporter Denise Coffey of the Courant Community newspaper for this coverage of the event.
http://www.courant.com/community/canterbury/hc-kn-canterbury-walktober-1110-20161108-story.html

A Few Photos of the Narrated Walk in the National Historic District, November 5, 2016

Our guests for this walking tour hosted by the Canterbury Historical Society were from the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center at UConn.

See a few photos and a brief description of the walk at the following link.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/CanterburyHistoricalSociety.CT/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154020013618372

See the walk’s webpage at this link.
http://canterburyhistorical.org/?event=canterbury-historical-society-hosts-walking-tour-of-canterbury-green-national-historic-district-with-UConn

Visitors leaving the historic one-room Green district schoolhouse to begin the narrated walk
Visitors leaving the historic one-room Green District Schoolhouse to begin the narrated walk (photo by Jim Olson)

The Canterbury Historical Society is Pleased to Announce Receipt of a Traveling Archivist Program Grant

We  are honored to receive this grant and look forward as a result to improving our archives and access to them. The Traveling Archivist Program (TAP) is a program of the Connecticut State Historical Records Advisory Board with Conservation ConneCTion, funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission [NHPRC].

access_keyThe Traveling Archivist Program promotes best practices in management and preservation of—and access to—archival collections in museums, historical societies, and public libraries with local history collections in Connecticut.

The program provides a free half-day site visit from a professional traveling archivist to recipient institutions and post-visit follow up. The traveling archivist encourages and instructs staff and volunteers in collection best practices, including management, arrangement, description, preservation, and access.

Eligibility
Connecticut museums, historical societies, or public libraries with local history collections or publically accessible archival collections could apply. However, organizations with less than 10 linear feet of archival collections were not eligible.

In Addition
Also available to organizations selected to receive traveling archivist services is a series of low-cost, in-depth seminars on best practices in collections management. These roundtables run from late 2016 to early 2017. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Preservation, Storage, & Housing of Archival Collections:  Guidelines & Solutions
  • Basics of Archival Acquisition and Appraisal
  • Fundamentals of Archival Arrangement and Description
  • Making Archives Accessible Using Connecticut Archives Online
  • Introduction to Digitization

Now Moved to the Rain Date of October 28: Walktober Walk on the Historic Clark Property Featuring Dr. Nick Bellantoni

This Walktober walk being sponsored by the Canterbury Historical Society, originally scheduled for Friday, October 21, has been postponed to the rain date October 28. Only the date is affected, all else remains the same including the time, 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

This walk is officially full, and so is the wait list. Pre-registration was required to take part. If you’re not already confirmed to join us, we hope you’ve had the opportunity to enjoy other Walktober outings this year in The Last Green Valley.

Questions? Click for the event’s page on this website.

Walktober walk on the historic Clark property featuring Dr. Nick Bellantoni is now full, and so is the wait list.

This Walktober walk being sponsored by the Canterbury Historical Society on Friday, October 21, rain date October 28, is now officially full, and so is the wait list. Pre-registration was required to take part. We hope you’ve had the opportunity to enjoy other Walktober outings this year in The Last Green Valley.

Questions? Click for the event’s page on this website.

Walktober walk on the historic Clark property featuring Dr. Nick Bellantoni is now full, but you can still join the waiting list

This Walktober walk being sponsored by the Canterbury Historical Society on Friday, October 21, rain date October 28, is now officially full. However, we are taking names for the waiting list. You can join the waiting list by calling 860-546-9346.

The walk is free and open to the public, but the number of participants is limited and pre-registration is required. If you are on the wait list and slots open up, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.

For full information, click for the event’s page on this website.

Pre-registration is open for Walktober walk on historic Clark property featuring Dr. Nick Bellantoni

If you’re interested in taking part in the Walktober walk being sponsored by the Canterbury Historical Society on Friday, October 21, rain date October 28, we want you to be aware that pre-registration is now open. This is the same walk we sponsored last year, which filled up fast and we had to turn a good many people away.

The walk is free and open to the public, but the number of participants is limited and pre-registration is required.

For full information, click for the event’s page on this website.

Thanks to All Who Helped With the Annual Blood Drive on July 11

ThankYouPostitThe Canterbury Historical Society has a tradition of hosting a Red Cross blood drive every summer, a season when donations are typically low and needs are high.

This year, the Red Cross set our stretch goal at 40 units; 38 were collected. A few donors with scheduled appointments were no-shows, but as usual, walk-ins helped to save the day.

All told, society members donated 53 hours of their time. In summary:

  • Nine volunteers worked in shifts at the drive; two were brand new volunteers and two were civic-minded teens who trained with us last year.
  • One volunteer put up and took down promotional signs around town.
  • Three baked home-made goodies.
  • Two made monetary donations to purchase fresh fruit. We’re renowned for our snacks. Some repeat donors say they make a special point of coming to the drives we host just for the fabulous noshes!

Many thanks to Lynne and Les Pitman for coordinating the drive again this year, to all the blood donors, and to everyone who helped out in any way.

See http://www.redcrossblood.org/ to locate upcoming blood drives in our area and for loads of other information.