Category: Newsletters

APRIL 2018

APRIL PROGRAM: UP WEST MAIN AND DOWN MEMORY LANE – Digitized Images of West Main Street, Meriden in 1960 Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT. Please join us for a nostalgic photographic “walk” along West Main Street Meriden as it was photographed 58 years ago, back in 1960. Our…

MARCH 2018

MARCH PROGRAM: ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLE ADVERTISING GLASS Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT. Ruth Ann Davis, a retired psychologist and a long time antique dealer, has been a collector of advertising glass giveaways since 1980. She will be sharing her knowledge and some of her collection with us on…

November 2017

NOVEMBER PROGRAM AND LECTURE Thursday, November 9, 6:30 PM at the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller Street, Meriden CT THE MERIDEN GRAVURE COMPANY- PRINTING BEFORE THE DIGITAL AGE – LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING. Presented by William (Bill) J. Glick author of IN THE SERVICE OFSCHOLARSHIP: HAROLD HUGO & THE MERIDEN GRAVURE COMPANY (Oak Knoll Press 2017). Mr. Glick, a member…

October 2017

  AT THE RESEARCH CENTER: Our president, Lesley Solkoske, assisted by our volunteer, Dan Metz, are valiantly working their way through our collection of silver-plate flatware. Lesley and Dan have been sorting and cataloging holdings that have been waiting to be evaluated for a very long time. Also hard at work are Paul Butkus and Kathy McMahon. Kathy and Paul…

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…

June 2017

THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF ROSA PONSELLE with Valerie Bubon Thursday June 15, 6:30 PM at the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller Street, Meriden CT.          Diva Rosa Ponselle – 1925                   Ms. Valerie Bubon Valerie Bubon, a teacher, lecturer, opera singer, and a member of the Meriden Historical Society will present a program of the extraordinary career…

May 2017

MAY PROGRAM: SURVIVING THE HOLOCAUST with Local resident and Holocaust survivor Bernie Frydenberg MONDAY may 15, 6:30 PM at the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller St. Meriden CT (click here for directions) We live at a time when the numbers of those who witnessed the horrors of WWII first hand and can recount their experiences are rapidly declining. Bernie Frydenberg…

April 2017

April Program: MERIDEN’S HISTORY & SETTING INSPIRES ASYLUM with local author Kathryn Orzech. THURSDAY, APRIL 13 6:30 at the Meriden Public Library: Kathryn Orzech, award-winning local author of Asylum and Premonition of Terror, and, as she describes herself when telling about her website Dreamwatch.com: “Not a Psychic but…”, will talk about how the history of Meriden inspired her and found…

March, 2017

THE BRIDGEPORT POLTERGEIST ON LINDLEY STREET with  author William J. Hall THURSDAY, MARCH 9 at 6:30 at the Meriden Public Library 105 miller St. Meriden CT 06450 Furniture jumping, floating refrigerators, attacking entities – was this done by a poltergeist?  Mr. Hall’s presentation includes witness testimony from police, reporters, priests, and others on the best documented and witnessed haunting in…

November 2016

LEGENDS, LORE AND HAUNTING IN MERIDEN with moderator Julie Griffin. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 6:30 at the Meriden Public Library: Is the Solomon Goffe House (1711) haunted? Are there spirits in the Andrews Homestead (1760)? Julie has been researching, photographing and documenting paranormal legends and activities in the area for quite some time now. Bring a friend to this spirited meeting.…