UPCOMING PROGRAMS – 2020:

THE JEDEDIAH WILCOX MANSION ANNIVERSARY – celebrating 150 years. 

One of Meriden’s most magnificent homes, the Jedediah Wilcox Mansion stood at 816 Broad Street for just over 100 years. When the Wilcox family moved in on November 19, 1870, the Meriden Daily Republican described the building as “a princely mansion”  and “the finest residence…in the state.”

Join us on November 19 at 6:30pm as we commemorate the historic 150th anniversary – to the day! – of the mansion’s completion with a virtual program by local historian Brian Cofrancesco. Mr. Cofrancesco will share his years of research about Jedediah Wilcox, the history of the mansion, photographs of its interior and exterior, and its complicated history. There will also be a special announcement you won’t want to miss!  

This program will be presented on Zoom and also streamed to the Meriden Historical Society’s Facebook page, facebook.com/meridenhistoricalsociety. There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP your attendance at tiny.cc/mhs-wilcoxmansion to join us on Zoom. Registered attendees will receive a link to the program via email the day of the program.

This program is co-presented by the Meriden Historical Society and the Meriden Public Library. 

CANCELLED – BUSTER KEATON – THE GREATEST OF THE SILENT CLOWNS

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Meriden Public Library 105 Miller St., Meriden, CT

Three silent comedians ruled the silver screen before the arrival of sound to the movies: Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. Dr. Sherwin Borsuk, president of the Meriden Historical Society and a Keaton aficionado, will present Buster Keaton – his life and phenomenal acrobatic movie achievements. The talk will be accompanied by stills and short movie clips.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

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CANCELLED: HUBBARD PARK – PART I

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Meriden Public Library 105 Miller St., Meriden, CT

Justin Piccirillo, a member of the Meriden Historical Society, educator, author, illustrator and a Meriden history buff will present the first in the series of 3 talks about Hubbard Park. This talk will cover the period of the park up to WW-II. Mr. Piccirillo has been researching the History of the park and is in the process of publishing a book based on his research. The public is invited to come, share, listen and view and learn about the History, the facts and the legends associated with the park.

Free admission. Refreshments will be served.

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SOUTH MERIDEN’S HANOVER TROLLEY PARK – Cancelled

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Meriden Public Library 105 Miller St., Meriden, CT

Lesley Solkoske, Meriden Historical Society’s vice president and Hanover Park researcher, invites the public to join her in a visual walk (and talk) through the park, its history and its various attractions as captured in photographs, postcards and maps. Situated at the end of Meriden’s trolley line, Hanover Park was Meriden’s main attractions and a state wide amusement destination in the late 1800s early 1900s.

Free admission. Refreshments will be served.

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VICE IN MERIDEN – the Products and Services for Smoking Drinking Gambling and More in Meriden’s Past – Cancelled

Every Sunday in May, (3, 10, 17, 24 & 31) 11:00 am – 3:00 p.m.
Open House and Special Exhibit at the Meriden Historical Society’s Museum, the Andrews Homestead, 424 W. Main St, Meriden

Visit a Colonial era home. The Andrews Homestead was built in 1770 and is the only museum in Meriden dedicated to the history of our city, and its industry. The museum is chuck full of artifacts, many of which were recently added to the collection. Our May Open House will feature a special exhibit dedicated to the many items produced here, items representing indulgence and vice.

Admission is free, donations are gratefully accepted and will help support our mission to preserve Meriden’s past for future generations.