Friday, September 25, 2015

Columbus Day Committee Programs

 Remember to come out on Tuesday, September 29th for the talk on the Streets of East Haven and to sign up for the 2015 Annual Heritage Dinner- see below.

Thursday, September 10, 2015


David Farley is the driver in this 1989 picture taken at the New Haven Bed Races representing the Criscuolo & Son's auto business. The dog's name is Spade Mackenzie. The New Haven bed races which ended 1990 are back! The next race will take place in October   
They also have a Facebook page

Monday, August 31, 2015

Photo in front of Town Hall plaque

Mr. Louis Criscuolo provided the above photograph showing left to right:  Gina Petonito,  Mrs. Marie Messina, Andrea Criscuolo  (holding flower arrangement).

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mr. Louis Criscuolo allowed us to copy some of his historical materials. Mr. Criscuolo was the former president of the Economic Development Committee and former president of the East Haven Chamber of Commerce.

At one time the Olin gun factory planned to open in East Haven as seen by the article below:

Below is a 1968 ad for the Pied Piper Grocery Store. Former Mayor Frank Messina is behind the shopping cart.

The Criscuolo brothers, Louis and Andy added rental service to their auto sales business.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Poetry of the Earth -The Sweet Singer of Hartford- May 26th 6:30 p.m.

Please come out for this program on local poet Lydia Huntley Sigourney (1791-1865) who was known as The Sweet Singer of Hartford.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Interesting Question on Tercentenary Souvenir "Coins" or "Medals"

There was an interesting question on the current worth of the East Haven Tercentenary Souvenir "Coins" or "Medals."  Below is an example of such a "coin" owned by the library, front and back:

I was able to find a reference to the "coins" or "medals" in the December 17th, 1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Bulletin.  On page two of the Bulletin
under the heading "Tercentenary Souvenirs" it states:

 So far, I have not been able to determine the current worth of the "coins," and would welcome input from others on this matter. Below are the cover and page of the Bulletin.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Native American Local History Series

 We are privileged to have two distinguished guests for the March and April Local History series. For more information on their work, see below the flier.

Brian Jones became Connecticut’s most recent State Archaeologist this July. He has worked as an archaeologist since 1992 for AHS/PAST Inc., the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, and Archaeological Services at UMass Amherst.  He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology at UConn in 1998.
Paul Grant-Costa has worked as Senior Researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center and as a lead historical  researcher with tribal councils, tribal historians, lawyers, and anthropologists across New England.  He holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics from the University of Connecticut, a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University.