Despite persistent morning rain, the weather couldn’t dampen the spirit of the Canterbury Historical Society’s Old Home Day old-timey fall celebration on October 14 on Canterbury green. Exhibitors, musicians, visitors, and sturdy volunteers soldiered on cheerfully through the showers.
We are happy to announce that at our annual American Red Cross blood drive sponsored by the Canterbury Historical, this year held on July 10, 46 blood donors walked through the door. Of those, three were deferred for a total collection of 43 units of blood—10 units over our goal set by the Red Cross. Walk-ins were a boost, as usual, in addition to all the donors who scheduled appointments through the Red Cross.
Eleven historical society volunteers contributed 36 hours of their time at the drive itself, plus another five hours ahead of time for ad and poster placement and food shopping . In addition, we had seven marvelous bakers, three of whom were new to the drive. A number of blood donors commented on our hosting and café, saying they make it a point to come to our drive every year for the luxe snacks!
Once again Canterbury’s Better Valu donated six subs-of-the-week for the drive. We also had monetary gifts for the purchase of fruits, even a generous blood donor who insisted on making a $20 donation to help defray our costs. Nobody could talk her out it.
The drive was a great showing of community spirit. Sincere thanks to everyone who donated blood, time, food, funds, or helped out in any way. Special recognition to long-time historical society members, Les and Lynne Pitman, for chairing the event on our behalf.
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.
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].
The 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.