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Big Fundraising Tag Sale on June 19, 2021

We’re joining forces with the Canterbury Lions to sponsor a community tag sale.  Join in the shopping fun, or rent a space or two  and convert your own extra items to cash.

Outhouse Americana through the Experiences of a Privy Builder

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Presented by Georg Papp, Sr. of the Bull Hill Workshop in Colchester, Connecticut. George educated us on everything you ever wanted to know about outhouses but were afraid to ask! Always promising an entertaining and enjoyable program, Mr. Papp has crafted quality outhouses since prior to the turn of the century, restored many others, and […]

An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe

First Congregational Church, UCC of Canterbury, CT 6 S Canterbury Rd, Canterbury

Presented by actor Campbell Harmon. There will be a brief business session at 7:00 pm, followed by the program & refreshments. Free and open to the public. Bring a friend. Just in time for the Halloween season, we cordially invite you to spend a very special evening with Edgar Allan Poe, as the author and […]

Connecticut Lore: Strange, Off-Kilter and Full of Surprises

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Presented by author Zachary Lamothe. There will be a brief business session at 7:00 pm, followed by the program at about 7:30 & then refreshments.Free and open to the public. Bring a friend. Meet author Zachary Lamothe as he presents Connecticut Lore: Strange, Off Kilter and Full of Surprises, as the program at the November monthly meeting […]

“Are We There Yet?” Songs of American Transportation

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Presented by Rick & Dawn of Catfeather Music. A lighthearted look at America's motivation to be “on the move” from one place to another, and about the many modes of transportation we’ve used in getting from here to there. The presentation included traditional and modern songs about travel by just about every different mode imaginable […]

Brother Against Brother – Songs, Tunes and Tales from the War of Rebellion or Northern Aggression

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Presented by former State Troubadour Tom Callinan. Drawing on his extensive repertoire of folk songs, sea songs, chanteys, and popular songs and tunes from a variety of times and places, Tom has constructed a program of diverse songs from and about the Civil War period. Presented in conjunction with the good folks at CT Humanities, […]

Show & Tell

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

CHS Members and Friends shared interesting items from their home collections.

The Town of Iron Toys: the Mechanical Banks of the J.&E. Stevens Company

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Presented by Richard Franklin Donohue, Cromwell Town Historian. The J & E Stevens Company was formed in 1843 by brothers John and Elisha Stevens in Cromwell intending to manufacture cast-iron hardware, hammers, and a few iron toys but eventually they became the largest manufacturer of cast-iron toys in the country. Producing their first cast-iron mechanical […]

The Brill Building Sound

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Presented by Rick & Dawn of Catfeather Music. Much of the American Popular Music industry was centered around the Brill Building at 1619 Broadway in NYC, home to 165 music businesses including composter, lyricists, recording studios, performers and publishers responsible for some of the most memorable pop music ever created. This program features some of […]

Early New England Gravestones and the Men Who Made Them

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Presented by David Malloy, moderator of the Facebook group of the same name. David presented some of the colonial stone carvers whose work can be found in cemeteries all over New England including those in Canterbury and the surrounding towns. Very rarely did any of the early carvers sign their work so the only carver […]

Canterbury Hauntings: Where History and Paranormal Meet

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Presented by the Eastern Connecticut Paranormal Society. A very interesting - and historically different - evening featuring an in-depth paranormal investigation and associated historical research into a long-standing family from the town that has been making themselves known in the south Canterbury area. Co-founded in February 2016 by David Bray and Chris O'Connor, the Eastern […]

The Beautiful & The Good: Roseland Cottage and the Bowen Family

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Presented by Laurie Masciandaro, Site Manager at Historic New England’s Roseland Cottage. Roseland Cottage is a landmark example of Gothic Revival architecture, and was a fitting summer home to wealthy businessman Henry Bowen, his wife Lucy Tappan, and their growing family. This presentation will focus on the unique charms and stories of the fabled Pink […]

Show & Tell with Members & Friends of the CHS

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

For the program portion of our February meeting, we're once again inviting our Historical Society members & friends to bring a favorite treasure (antique or collectible) to share with everyone. In the past this program has always been very popular and we've seen everything from 'popcorn' plagues to antique woodworking tools to Canterbury maps to […]

We Are Very Likely to Die: The Incredible True Story of the Sinking of the R/V Sea Surveyor

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Presented by Walter Banhaf. On January 6th, 1969, a 118-foot research vessel named the R/V Sea Surveyor departed Groton, CT on a testing mission for the United States Navy. The mission was routine: Sail from Electric Boat, rendezvous with a submarine, conduct tests, return home but she never made it to her destination and never […]

Soaring Over the Last Green Valley: The Return of Bald Eagles

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Presented by Ranger Bill Reid of the Last Green Valley. Join us as we welcome Ranger Bill Reid of the Last Green Valley back to Canterbury to share with us an update on the status of the bald eagles that live in our town and surrounding area. With abundant rivers, lakes and ponds The Last […]

What Makes Connecticut “Connecticut”?

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Between 2012 and 2015, the Library of Congress commissioned acclaimed documentary photographer Carol M. Highsmith to travel Connecticut in order to permanently capture images of the state’s iconic places and cultural treasures as they appeared at the beginning of the 21st century. Highsmith asked state historian emeritus Walter W. Woodward to help her identify Connecticut’s […]

The Life and Times of William Webb: An African American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

We invite you to join us for an unforgettable evening with Kevin Johnson, a living history performer, as he vividly brings to life the struggles of an African American soldier who served during the Civil War. Private William Riley Webb, a native of Hartford, was an actual soldier who was recruited in 1863 and served […]

Moses Cleaveland and the Western Reserve

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Known as the Western Reserve, once upon a time a substantial portion of Ohio belonged to Connecticut. The acreage was part of the original land grant given to Connecticut by the British monarchy dating back to the 1600s. When Connecticut gave up its claim to most of the land stretching westward to the Pacific Ocean, […]

Canterbury Old Home Day

Canterbury Town Green 6 S Canterbury Rd, Canterbury, CT, United States

Canterbury’s favorite fall festival - Old Home Day - will be returning to the Canterbury Green after several years hiatus and we’ve got a long list of vendors and exhibitors who will be joining us on Saturday, September 30th from 10 am to 3 pm. With over 50 participants, there’s bound to be something for […]

Walktober 2023

Old Canterbury Burying Ground (Cleaveland Cemetery) 52 North Canterbury Road, Canterbury, CT, United States

The Canterbury Historical Society will be hosting a talk and tour of the historic Cleaveland Cemetery on Friday, October 13th at 11:00 am as part of The Last Green Valley annual Walktober event. Led by David Malloy, moderator of the very popular Facebook Group - Early New England Gravestones and the Men Who Made Them […]

Discover Cedar Hill Cemetery

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Perfect for a Friday the 13th in October, Beverly Lucas, Director of the Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation, will be presenting a terrific program on Hartford's well-known and beautiful Cedar Hill Cemetery. Established in 1864 in the Victoria era "rural" style, Cedar Hill encompasses 270 acres of landscaped woodlands, waterways, and memorial grounds. An urban oasis, […]

“Cantica Nativitatis” – Nine Centuries of Christmas Music

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

Presented by Richard Franklin Donohue The Canterbury Historical Society is pleased to host historian and musician Richard Franklin Donohue who will explore an extraordinary repertoire of Christmas music from the 10th through 19th centuries. The music of “Cantica Nativitatis,” translated literally from Latin as “songs of Christmas,” spans the history of Christmas-themed compositions across the […]

Tories, Spies, and Traitors: Divided Loyalty in Revolutionary Connecticut

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

"Which side are you on?" That’s the question that every single person in Connecticut, including those here in Canterbury, had to answer in 1775 as the thirteen colonies began a rebellion against British rule. Loyalty was not only a matter of words or opinion. For soldiers and civilians alike, loyalty could mean loss of fortune, […]

The Slaves in Our Backyard

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

During the Revolutionary Period (1764-1789) approximately 5,000 slaves lived in Connecticut including many here in Windham County. At this presentation by Pomfret Historian Donna Dufresne, you can learn about the role Windham County played in the institution of slavery as she gives witness to local enslaved Africans and the money trail that brought them here. […]

A Musical History of the Ovation Guitar

Canterbury Town Hall 1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT, United States

It is more than fair to say that the Ovation guitar, built in both Moosup and New Hartford Connecticut, played a significant role in the singer/songwriter explosion of the late 60’s and early 70’s music scene. Advancements in live-sound systems at that time required an instrument that was yet to be produced but when the […]