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The Meriden Historical Society Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit organization uniting those who are interested in the history of Meriden, Connecticut.

We operate two buildings – the Bernice C. Morehouse Research Center (left) located at 1090 Hanover Street, South Meriden, and the Andrews Homestead (right), 424 West Main Street, Meriden. (click on the images below for map and directions)
                                                  1090 Hanover Avenue, South Meriden, CT     

 The Andrews Homestead, 424 West Main Street, is one of the oldest homes in Meriden.  Chock full of items from Meriden’s past, it is open to the public every Sunday in May and October from 12:00-4:00 pm.  Young and old (and in-between) are welcome to stop in! (for a virtual tour, scroll down and watch the video). The Bernice C. Morehouse Research Center is open every Wednesday from 1:30 – 4:00 pm.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

TWISTED SISTERS: HOW FOUR SUPERSTORMS FOREVER CHANGED THE NORTHEAST IN 1954 & 1955

Tuesday, September 08, 2015 6:30 p.m at the Meriden Public Library

Author Eamon McCarthy Earls will be discussing his book “Twisted Sisters: How 4 Superstorms Forever Changed the Northeast in 1954 & 1955”

Twisted Sisters

“in a period of just 12 months “Devastating winds, pounding waves, record tidal surges and floods of nearly Biblical proportions. This was the Twisted Sisters” the four named storms, Carol, Edna, Connie, and Diane – that hammered New England and the Northeast, all ” so reads the back of Mr. Emery McCarthy Earls new book.

Twisted Sisters: How Four Superstorms Forever Changed the Northeast in 1954 & 1955 tells the story of these storms from the perspective of victims, rescuers, officials, and scientists. McCarthy Earls will focus in particular on Diane, and its aftermath and welcomes “stories” from the audience.

“The scale of devastation in 1955 was stunning and even greater than the impact from the 1954 storms,” says McCarthy Earls. For residents of the region today ever more concerned about climate threats, the question is, could it happen again, and are we prepared? “The four ‘sisters’ prompted many improvements in flood control and emergency response but few New Englanders today can imagine the fury of these storms,” notes McCarthy Earls.

McCarthy Earls is an experienced presenter and historical author who has worked on hurricane research with the Coastal Systems Research Group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He holds a dual-major bachelor’s degree (history and geology) from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

All are welcome to this free program. This program is cosponsored by the Meriden Public Library.

 

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