Enfield Historical Society Inc

Enfield Historical Society Inc The Enfield Historical Society is a non-profit all-volunteer organization. Page by Robert J Ellis. ENFIELD HISTORY ETC
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Our page is dedicated towards creating a virtual visit to the historical properties of the Enfield Historical Society and to inform the public about upcoming events and to help create a place to view historical information about Enfield. Our museums are free but we do depends on donations. Support are efforts by either donating money or a free visit.

Mission: The EHS'S mission is to preserve the history of Enfield, Connecticut and to educate the public about our town's history. To achieve these goals we operate museums, collect artifacts and information pertaining to the Enfield's history, and conduct demonstrations, tours, regular meetings and other special events. THIS PAGE IS MAINTAINED BY ROBERT J ELLIS TO HELP EHS WITH ITS MISSION

04/12/2020
Sports fishermen at the Enfield Falls on the Connecticut River 1950's - 1960's during the annual spring shad run
04/10/2020

Sports fishermen at the Enfield Falls on the Connecticut River 1950's - 1960's during the annual spring shad run

"Connecticut attractions, museums and entertainment venues have temporarily closed in order to mitigate the spread of CO...
04/05/2020
Virtual Activities for At-Home Experiences

"Connecticut attractions, museums and entertainment venues have temporarily closed in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean you can’t visit—virtually.

Here are a few popular attractions across Connecticut that have created special online experiences or projects to entertain, teach and engage you while you stay safe at home.

Due to the rapidly evolving situation, we encourage you to check back frequently for updates and to verify offering details with individual properties. " per articles

Connecticut attractions, museums and entertainment venues have temporarily closed in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean you can’t visit—virtually. Here are a few popular attractions across Connecticut that have created special online experiences or projects to ente...

04/05/2020
Enfield Historical Society Inc

Proof that dinosaurs lived in Enfield CT

ONE OF THE MANY EXHIBITS
AT THE OLD TOWN HALL MUSEUM

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Proof that dinosaurs lived in Enfield CT
ONE OF THE MANY EXHIBITS
AT THE OLD TOWN HALL MUSEUM

03/29/2020
8th grade Square Dance

My wife had to take square dancing lessons in gym class with the boys at Enfield High in the mid1960s. Did you also? If so what year?Thanks
Did you teach your children how to square dance?

Interesting things you'll see at Enfield Historical Society Inc - when all this #CoronaVirus has passed and we get back ...
03/24/2020

Interesting things you'll see at Enfield Historical Society Inc - when all this #CoronaVirus has passed and we get back to normal - hopefully in May.

Sharing is Caring
03/23/2020

Sharing is Caring

White tiger baby 🐯❄️

A New Family Game:Having A Family Conversation About Each Other:From The List of questions, You Ask Each Other Questions...
03/23/2020
Genealogy: 150 questions to ask family members about their lives

A New Family Game:
Having A Family Conversation About Each Other:
From The List of questions, You Ask Each Other Questions About Each Others Life.

This could be an interesting game that brings the family closer.
Recording the questions and answers can become a great piece of family history but recording is not necessary

The following is a list of questions you may want to use when interviewing family. By asking the right open-ended questions, you're sure to obtain extensive family information. Take time to personalize the questions.

03/21/2020
Enfield Historical Society Inc

Enfield Historical Society Inc

THE ENFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY INVITES YOU TO A SLIDESHOW PRESENTATION OF ONE OF THE THREE FLOORS OF THEIR DISPLAY FILLED 1774 OLD TOWN HALL MUSEUM

The Enfield Historical Society
03/20/2020
The Enfield Historical Society

The Enfield Historical Society

The safety of our members and visitors is our top priority.  Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, all Enfield Historical Society programs are indefinitely postponed.  Our programs will be rescheduled once health officials determine that it is safe to do so. 

CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19
03/20/2020

CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19

Canceled

"The American era of limited disease ended with the arrival of Europeans in the Americas and the Columbian exchange of o...
03/20/2020
Native American disease and epidemics - Wikipedia

"The American era of limited disease ended with the arrival of Europeans in the Americas and the Columbian exchange of organisms, including those that cause human diseases. European diseases and epidemics, while still present among Native American populations today, were especially influential in Native American life of the past. European diseases devastated entire tribes" per article

In pre-Columbian times, a variety of diseases existed in the Americas.[1] The limited populations and interactions between those populations (as compared to places like Europe) hampered the development of widespread, deadly diseases in the Americas. One notable disease of American origin is syphilis...

Where did you go roller skating?
03/07/2020

Where did you go roller skating?

Canceled
03/04/2020

Canceled

02/22/2020
The History of Enfield Part 1

"This is the first part of our 2 part special on the history of Enfield. The amount of history going back to the pre-Revolutionary War era that we have right under our feet is amazing. We hope you enjoy these shows." per youtube description.

This is the first part of our 2 part special on the history of Enfield. The amount of history going back to the pre-Revolutionary War era that we have right ...

02/16/2020

Made in Enfield!
FREE PROGRAM Monday, February 24, 2020

- 7:00 P.M. at the Enfield American Baptist Church, 129 Post Office Road. During its manufacturing heyday in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Enfield boasted carpet factories and gunpowder mills that were among the largest in the world. Few people today know that at the same time Enfield had countless other smaller businesses making endless other products for sale locally, nationally, and across the world. Small shops produced clocks and violins, lumber and paint, horse-drawn carriages and wagons, and many of the other things needed for daily life. Factories shipped freight car loads of bicycle and coffin parts, farm equipment, industrial machinery, and more. Some of these products were invented and patented right here in Enfield. Join the Enfield Historical Society for Made in Enfield, when we will have photos, patents, advertising, and actual products from Enfield of 50, 100, and more years ago. Do you have or know of something that was made here? Come and share the story; we want to hear it!

Old Town Hall museum staff will be on hand to answer your Enfield history questions and to tell you how you can see and learn more about Enfield's manufacturing history at our museums.

Everyone is welcome to this FREE program,

Enfield Historical Society Inc's cover photo
02/09/2020

Enfield Historical Society Inc's cover photo

"It would be difficult to throw a rock anywhere in the 1960s and not hit a Classic TV show. Looking to escape to small t...
02/07/2020
The 1960s: Your Guide to 101 Classic (and Not-So-Classic) TV Shows From Your Youth

"It would be difficult to throw a rock anywhere in the 1960s and not hit a Classic TV show. Looking to escape to small town life? Aim for Mayberry and The Andy Griffith Show. Seeking a bit of magic? May we recommend Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie. Maybe sci-fi is your thing? If so, look to the skies for Star Trek or Lost in Space, but if you’d rather be scared, you might want to check out the ghoulies of Dark Shadows." per article

Do you love Classic TV shows? Here's your guide to television in the 1960s — including 'Star Trek,' 'The Andy Griffith Show,' 'The Brady Bunch' and more.

"Shaker life is centered on a number of core beliefs and values, including a belief in the second coming of Christ, comm...
01/30/2020
The Enfield Historical Society

"Shaker life is centered on a number of core beliefs and values, including a belief in the second coming of Christ, communal living, celibacy, humility, simplicity, efficiency, hard work, and equality between the sexes. Behaving in accordance with these values is seen as the route to salvation."
Click on the picture to read the article

Join the Enfield Historical Society at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Enfield American Baptist Church, 129...
01/22/2020
The Enfield Historical Society

Join the Enfield Historical Society at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Enfield American Baptist Church, 129 Post Office Road for a trip back in time to Enfield of the late 19th century and early 20th century. We will visit the Shakers, the Hazard Powder Company, Thompsonville's carpet mills, and more via photos from the Society's extensive archives. We will see factories and machinery, farms and crops, streets and stores, and people working and playing. We might hop a train or trolley, or take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage or even a Model T to get around town, since we will have too many places to see to have time for a leisurely walk!

Old Town Hall museum staff will be on hand to answer your Enfield history questions and to tell you how you can access the museum archives to learn more about Enfield's history or your family's part in it, or just to enjoy your own personal trip through Enfield's past.

Admission to the program is free and the public is very welcome.

About The Enfield Historical Society:

Founded in 1960, the Enfield Historical Society is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Enfield’s extensive history. The Society operates three museums: the Old Town Hall, the Martha Parsons House, and the Wallop School. For more information about the Enfield Historical Society, our museums, or this program please visit www.enfieldhistoricalsociety.org or e-mail us at [email protected].

Enfield, Connecticut has a rich history, which the Enfield Historical Society strives to discover and preserve.  Visit our history page to read about the Thompsonville carpet industry, the Hazardville gunpowder industry, the Enfield Shaker Community, and many other facets of Enfield's past.

As a teenage college student, he worked on a tobacco farm in Simsbury, Connecticut. Click below to see the article.
01/20/2020
Simsbury Historical Society - Martin Luther King Jr.

As a teenage college student, he worked on a tobacco farm in Simsbury, Connecticut. Click below to see the article.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia January 15, 1929. He took a test at the end of his junior year in high school to gain early admission to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. It was this summer, 1944, at the age of 15 he came north with a group of Morehouse students to work for...

Connecticut State Historian
01/14/2020
Connecticut State Historian

Connecticut State Historian

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January 9: Connecticut Votes to Join the United States
01/11/2020
January 9: Connecticut Votes to Join the United States

January 9: Connecticut Votes to Join the United States

  Today in 1788, the delegates at the Connecticut state convention ratified the United States Constitution by a vote of 128 to 40, making Connecticut the fifth state to join the Union. While c…

From the Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library · Imagine having to grind your coffee by hand each morning! T...
01/07/2020

From the Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library
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Imagine having to grind your coffee by hand each morning! This coffee mill was patented in 1905. Hopefully, your morning cup of joe was a bit easier to make.

Imagine having to grind your coffee by hand each morning! This coffee mill was patented in 1905. Hopefully, your morning cup of joe was a bit easier to make.

My mother wore housedresses most of the time.
01/03/2020
The Good Old Days

My mother wore housedresses most of the time.

For formal occasions there were fine designs in silk, rayon, or wool. But, for everyday wear no woman would have been caught dead without her ubiquitous housedress.

I am so old I have actually dialed a rotary phone before!
12/25/2019

I am so old I have actually dialed a rotary phone before!

Share if you remember

12/24/2019
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12/17/2019
History Collection

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40 Basic Rights Women Did Not Have Until The 1970s

In 1930, the food stand at Hammonasset Beach in CT served snacks and beverages, including cocoa and coffee for just a ni...
12/14/2019

In 1930, the food stand at Hammonasset Beach in CT served snacks and beverages, including cocoa and coffee for just a nickel!
The average wage was about 42 cents an hour.

Do you remember when hot cocoa was only 5 cents? In 1930, the food stand at Hammonasset Beach served snacks and beverages, including cocoa and coffee for just a nickel!

If cocoa at the beach seems like an odd combo, read our blog to learn about some of the other strange combinations served throughout Connecticut.
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Do you have any photos or news articles from Enfield during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic? It would be interesting to see how things are the same/different.
"The first phone call made on a handheld cellular phone was made on April 3, 1973. The first handheld cellular phone call was made on April 3, 1973, by Motorola engineer Martin Cooper from Sixth Avenue in New York while walking between 53rd and 54th streets.Apr 3, 2018" per article https://www.aarp.org/…/history/i…/first-cell-phone-call.html
Hello every one. I am looking for info on Richard Field and his descendants. He was born in 1875. At aged 15 he stole a sheep with his brother William Field. First he was to be hanged then he received a pardon. We believe he remained in England. His brother was transported to Van Diemans Land. My family are direct descendants of William. thank you for any information.
Looking for anyone with family history recollections or letters to help me establish what life was like in Enfield in late 1912 for the book on the Powder Mill Explosion I am currently writing.
Hi all! I'm working on a project to index all vital records for Enfield, CT from 1852-1901. I was wanting to know if anyone would be interested in these indices, and if so, would anyone would want to help index the records?
THOMPSONVILLE, CONNECTICUT - FORMER 1st PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - 2009.
I wanted to, but I could not make it to any of the presentations on "Historic Water-Powered Mills on the Scantic River Watershed" that have been shown at various locations around town over the past few months, is there any way that the Powerpoint Presentation file can be uploaded to this page?
The Founding Fathers of Hartford passed through Enfield In 1636 a group of Puritans lead by the Reverend Thomas Hooker, dissatisfied with politics of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and looking for unsettled land left from Cambridge, Mass on a Pilgrimage to new lands along the Connecticut River. They followed paths along the river and settled near an Indian place called Suckaiug. They named the place Hartford after a town in England and are listed as the founders of that city. “The Colonial History of Hartford” [archives.org], rdescribes the route they took. They followed the River from Long Meadow Gate [Longmeadow, MA] along an Indian path [which is near the present-day rail road tracks]. They then crossed over Freshwater Brook [In Enfield, CT] and followed the Nemerick Brook [East Windsor, CT] to the river.
Trying to locate this old home in the Enfield , hazardvillle section of Ct. around 1912. Any ideas??
Ice Cream Social August 11 from 12:00 till 4:00. 115 Scantic Road, East Windsor, CT. The Enfield Historical Society will have a Display set up.
I have a letter written by Col Nathaniel Terry ordering troops to move, Aug 1781. Do you have any idea where this Revolutionary War encampment would be.?
Hello, I am looking for information on the Enfield Square mall from around the year 2000 (+/- five years). Any information that anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated. I am particularly interested in what stores were in the mall at that time. Any information on surrounding stores (from the Home Depot plaza or the Staples plaza, for instance) would be helpful as well. Photographs would just be the cats meow, but I don't want to press my luck. Thank you in advance for any help anyone might be able to provide. Gerry (Enfield)