September 2017

THE 1916 MEXICAN PUNITIVE EXPEDITION presented by David Corrigan

Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 PM at the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller Street, Meriden CT.

The Mexican Punitive Expedition was also known as the Pancho Villa Expedition. And Pershing’s Punitive Expedition

“Between June 27 and June 29, 1916 nearly 3,000 Connecticut National Guardsmen left Camp Holcomb in Niantic, bound for the Mexican border. The reasons for their journey are directly related to events stemming from the Mexican Revolution of 1910 and the almost constant state of flux in political and military affairs that followed…” (“CT Explored” Spring 2017)

Mr. Corrigan’s research for this lecture included a diary written by Private Ernest F. Schmith of Meriden, a member of Company L, 2nd Connecticut Infantry.

The program is co-sponsored by the Meriden Public Library and is open to the public. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.


THE SOCIETY’S COMMUNITY TAG SALE Saturday, September 9 (Raindate September 16) 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The second of our semi annual fund raising tag sales this year will be held at the Society’s Bernice Morehouse Research Center’s parking lot, 1090 Hanover Ave. Meriden, CT 06451 (enter through the New Hanover driveway).

Members and non-members are welcome to set up at the sale. The cost is a $15.00 donation to the Society per set-up ($10.00 for members). Vendors should bring their own tables.

As in previous years, the Meriden Historical Society will set up its own booth in the shed.  We hope to see you there.



is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, 4:30 – 6:30 PM at the Andrews Homestead, 424 West Main Street, Meriden – sharing a parking lot with the Benjamin Franklin School. This event, given in appreciation of members support, will launch our October exhibit: Communication Before the Digital Age. The reception is for members in good standing and their guests only (one guest per member). Please RSVP by calling our office 203-639-1913 and leaving a message or by emailing us at

We are looking forward to seeing you there!


COMMUNICATION BEFORE THE DIGITAL AGE – AN EXHIBIT will be open to the public 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturdays: October 14 & 28 and  on Sundays: October 8, 15, 22 & 29

The “digital age”, also called the “information age”, is defined as the time period starting in the 1970s with the introduction of the personal computer with subsequent technology introduced providing the ability to transfer information freely and quickly. The Public is invited to view items and images of the way we used to communicate before the Internet and personal computer made their way into our lives.




We could definitely use more volunteers, especially people who can help welcome visitors to the Andrews Homestead. Training for veteran docents and docents-to-be for the upcoming exhibit will take place on Sunday, October 1st at 1:00 pm at the Andrews Homestead. Please RSVP by calling our office 203-639-1913 and leaving a message or by emailing us at :

We need a count to ensure we prepare enough material for all attendees.



With Digital Memory Media Saturday, October 7, 12:00 – 3:00 PM at the Bernice Morehouse Research Center, 1090 Hanover Ave, Meriden.

People were very pleased with this program last Fall so, once again : If you ever wanted to convert your photos, home movies, slides, video tapes even your music to a digital format and have them stored on a CD or a thumb drive, here is your chance. An advisor from Digital Memory Media, will be at the Society’s Research Center, to consult, and if so desired, pick up any items brought in for digitization. Prices are: Video Tapes (VHS, VHS-C MINI DV, HI8): $17.00 each video; Slides (Glass or Celluloid): $0.50 each. Over 1,000 – $0.45 each; Photos/negatives: $0.50 each – over 1,000 – $0.45 each; Photo Albums: $0.85 per page; 8mm & 16mm movies: 3-inch reel – $14.00 each reel, 5-inch reel – $25.00 each reel, 7-inch reel – $50.00 each reel; Vinyl Records: $29.00 each record; Audio Cassettes: $19.00 single sided $25.00 dual sided; Reel-to-Reel Audio: dual channel $30.00 quad channel $39.00; DVDs & CDs $7.00; Blu-Ray $13.00.

Digital Memory Media will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Meriden Historical Society.



to Bill Glick on the publication of his scholarly book IN THE SERVICE OF SCHOLARSHIP: HAROLD HUGO & THE MERIDEN GRAVURE COMPANY – Oak Knoll Press, 2017

“In the Service of Scholarship is a history of one of the leading printing firms of the twentieth century. It is also a character study and biography of Harold Hugo (1910-1985), whose career at Meriden Gravure began at the age of fourteen and continued until his retirement as president in 1975.”

Copies are available for purchase at our Research Center or during the upcoming exhibit, while supplies last.




Michael Iovanna of Meriden, Donna Lewis of Meriden, Daniel J. Metz, Jr. of Meriden, Amy Wes of Meriden, Joseph Zaborowski of Meriden.



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