Category: News & Events

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The Meriden Historical Society has kicked off a $500,000 fundraising campaign to cover the costs of the purchase of the new building. Our current facility in South Meriden will be sold and those proceeds will go toward costs related to getting us set up in the new building and to create a dedicated endowment to cover the increased operating costs…

Mission & Vision

OUR MISSIONTo steward the rich and diverse history of Meriden, Connecticut and its people. We collect, preserve, research, and exhibit artifacts; create educational programming; and support research that accurately interprets Meriden’s past. We inspire and engage others to learn about and take pride in the history of our community. OUR VISIONTo be a vibrant center, providing multi-media access and resources…

OUR FUTURE HOME

With a refreshed Mission and Vision, The Meriden Historical Society will be relocating from our research center in South Meriden to 39-41 West Main Street, in the heart of Downtown Meriden. This historic building’s size and central location will allow us to expand our public programs, exhibit more of our collection, welcome more researchers and visitors, and better tell the…

LIVE THE STORY OF WALTER HUBBARD’S GIFT – A Walk through Hubbard Park with Justin Piccirillo

Saturday, 6/12/2021 (Rain date: Sunday, 6/13/2021) – Meet inside Hubbard Park’s Bandshell at 10 AM for a walk through the lower park. During this slightly over 1 hour walking tour, you will learn about Walter Hubbard, the park’s prehistory, little known park details like the “Man in the Stone”, structures like the Cahill House and pool, now gone features like…

VICE IN MERIDEN – Meriden Items for Bad Habits

Meriden’s many manufacturers and businesses produced numerous items over the years that enabled Meriden’s citizens and people all over the world to engage in activities which, done in excess, turn into bad habits. Be it tobacco (smoked or chewed), alcohol, or gambling (with cards or other means), Meriden companies had a wealth of products that could be used in these…

HANOVER PARK – Virtual Program with Lesley Solkoske 4/15/2021

Join us on Thursday, April 15 at 6:30 PM as Lesley Solkoske, Meriden Historical Society volunteer and Hanover Park researcher, leads a visual walk (and talk) through Hanover Park, its history and its various attractions as captured in photographs, postcards and maps. This program will be presented on Zoom and also streamed to the Meriden Historical Society’s Facebook page, facebook.com/meridenhistoricalsociety. Please…

COVID-19 update

CLOSED: Our Bernice Morehouse research center is closed to the public until April 14, 2020. Stay safe! CANCELLED: BUSTER KEATON, THE GREATEST OF THE SILENT CLOWNS – Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 PM at the Meriden Public Library MEETINGS: The Board of Directors meeting scheduled for March 18, 2020 will be held via Free Conference Call. All board members are requested to call…

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…