Category: News & Events


THOMPSON CHOCOLATE – An Exhibit at the Meriden Historical Society’s Museum

424 West Main Street – Meriden, CT 06451

Every Sunday in October 11:00 am – 3:00 pm .

The Andrews Homestead, Meriden Historical Society’s museum, will be open to the public every Sunday in October  11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dedicated to the the history of our city’s manufacturing era, the museum is chuck-full-of examples of items made here in town. Come see our newest acquisitions.

In conjunction with Thompson Chocolates 140th anniversary, a special section is dedicated to THOMPSON CHOCOLATE the Meriden Confectioner who advanced from a local ice-cream vendor and a candy manufacturer to a world renown chocolatier.

The Andrews Homestead shares a parking lot with the Benjamin Franklin School. By permission of the Police Depart, for this exhibit – Sundays only, you may disregard the “do-not-enter” sign posted at the West Main Street entrance to the parking lot.

Admission is free – donations are greatly appreciated.

Historical Fiction As a Portal to the Past

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:30 p.m. at the Meriden Public Library


Author Diana Ross McCain will discuss her new novel Thy Children’s Children, based on the true story of the first five generations of the Lyman family of Lyman Orchards of Middlefield, Connecticut,as an example of how well-researched historical fiction both entertains and informs.

Thy Children’s Children accurately and engagingly conveys the novel’s turbulent time period between 1741 and 1871, highlighting the role of Lyman men and women in pivotal events such as the American Revolution, the Underground Railroad, and the industrial and transportation revolutions. McCain will share how she melded historical fact with imagination to craft fiction that breathes life into the past.

Copies of Thy Children’s Children will be available for sale ($20.00) and signing after the program.  

Diana Ross McCain is an independent historian and author of five non-fiction books on Connecticut history. She was on the staff of the Connecticut Historical Society for 25 years. This is her first novel.

Making History/Making Place, A Celebration of CT’s Local Museums

Picture Show and Lecture with William Hosley

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 6:30 p.m. Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller Ave. Meriden CT 06450

Connecticut has 169 towns and as many community-based historical museums. Most are small. Many are run by volunteers. No two are alike. They preserve & present great local stuff and stories. They collect. They offer public programs. They advocate for preservation. They serve schools and greet tourist. They are a civic miracle. This is their story and why they matter.

This program is free. Refreshments will be served.


Marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. Presented by Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

Tuesday September 10, 2019 at the Meriden Public Library

In 2020 we mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. The fight for women’s right to vote was long and took many twists and turns. Join us to learn about the Connecticut women who fought on a local, state, and national level and on whose shoulders we stand. Be inspired by their stories to use your vote to give a voice to women.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.


FROM INSILCO’S 16 MM FILM COLLECTION: An Evening of Movies & Popcorn

Monday, 6/17/19    6:30-8:00 pm

At the 
Meriden Public Library 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT.

Among the International Silver Company Archives donated to the Meriden Historical Society by Insilco were a large number of 16mm films. We are in the process of sorting through them. The public is invited to view as many of the following films as we can squeeze into the time slot allotted to the this program:

  • Bing Crosby – Crooner’s Holiday
  • Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy
  • Charlie Chaplin – Hero /The Lion Tamer /Died
  • Wings, Claws and Fangs – movies for kids
  • Abbott and Costello – Off my aching tooth
  • The Fleet that Came to Stay – WW II
  • Camera Thrills in Wildest Africa
  • 1946 News Parade –Atom bomb at Bikini Beach/ Paris Peace Talks
  • 1940 News reel – Call to arms / Sea battle

16mm projector provided by the Meriden Public Library.

This program is free and open to the public.

Popcorn will be served.