Society Timeline

History of the Meriden Historical Society, Inc.

The Meriden Historical Society, Inc., a non-profit corporation, acts as the official historian of the City of Meriden, Connecticut. The administrative body of the Society, its officers and directors, is composed entirely of unpaid volunteers. The Society maintains a close working relationship with the Meriden Public Library, the Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce, and local church historians. The Society is a member of The Connecticut Historical Society

1892, Dec 13

The Society was organized by Levi Coe.

1896

The Society became inactive. No building available.

1927

The Moses Andrews homestead was acquired by the City of Meriden.

1933

The Homestead was renovated as a WPA project and used as a kindergarten & museum.

1940

The Moses Andrews Homestead Society was formed and the Historical Society was reactivated.

1943

The Homestead was turned over to the city for use as a daycare center; The Homestead “went to war.”

1952, April 3

The Meriden Historical Society became active and the Homestead was restored

1868 Map

Meriden circa 1868

Broad Street

Broad Street looking north,
circa 1885. Central Tavern
(razed in 1890s) on right.

1953, August 2

The Society leased the Homestead from the City for $1.00 per year.

1979

The Andrews Homestead was put on The National Register of Historic Places.

1984

The International Silver Company collection of artifacts and publications was deeded to the Society.

1986

The application to the City of Meriden to add an addition at the Society’s expense was denied.

1991

A branch office building at 540 West Main Street was purchased from the Connecticut National Bank to house the records and publications used for historical research.

1998

The W. Main building was sold and a larger one at 1090 Hanover St. was purchased.

2004

The barn at the Morehouse Research Center renovated for archival storage.

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