Monday, August 31, 2015

Photo in front of Town Hall plaque

Mr. Louis Criscuolo provided the above photograph showing left to right: Miss Connecticut-  ? Mitchell, Gina Petonito, 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.  


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

We will be having some very interesting speakers for Local History.
This Tuesday evening  Jason Marchi will be speaking on his book,
The Legend of Hobbomock:The Sleeping Giant. Jason will be speaking on the research and writing that went into the book. That will be this coming Tuesday, January 27th at 6:30 here at the Hagaman Memorial Library!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Economic Development Commission 1980s

Mr. Lou Criscuolo came by and shared more pictures and documents concerning the economic development of East Haven, such as those below.
Mr. Criscuolo states: "Then came the beginning of the Industrial Park, today we have over 32 tenants. I take pride in helping to build the Industrial complex, a joint venture with the State of Connecticut. I was Chairman of the EPC for ten years. Today East Haven is a great town, because the East Haven Chamber working together with civic minded civic minded people. A town only grows where there are serious minded residents working for the good of the town. The residents deserve reconsideration of what was accomplished and made the town great. Believe it or not the town now has approximately 30,000 residents."
From Left to Right:Jerry Camaretta; name not know; Lou Criscuolo; Anthony Panagrossi. Discussion of the East Haven Industrial Park.

A 1968 New Haven Register page.
An article from the 1968 New Haven Register page.
From left: Chairman Anthony Panagrossi; Anthony Torre,Development Administrator; Vincent B. ?; Mayor Frank Messina; Mrs. Margaret Thomas; Louis Criscuolo.

August 3rd, 1970. Incoming Chair for the Economic  Development Commission.                    Left to right: Gerry Camaratta; Mayor Frank Messina; Lou Criscuolo.