Ethnic Heritage Center

Ethnic Heritage Center Consortium of five local historical societies based on the campus of Southern Connecticut State Unive The Ethnic Heritage Center was formed in 1988.

It is a unique consortium of ethnic historical societies in the Greater New Haven area. Since 1992, the Ethnic Heritage Center has been located on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University. We have been at our present building at 270 Fitch Street since 2001. The Center's goals are:

• to foster a greater recognition, understanding and appreciation of all members of our diverse ethnic pop

ulations by promoting a more friendly, harmonious and cooperative community,
• to expand community outreach and program participation throughout the state,
• to use our archives of objects, memorabilia, manuscripts and books to develop exhibits, publications and special events, and
• to promote active use of the Ethnic Heritage Center's archival papers and collections by scholars, students and individuals of all ages. In addition to the activities undertaken by the Center as a consortium, the Center's member societies undertake individual community activities, special events and publication of their own newsletters.

Today's date in New Haven history:Yung Wing (1828-1912) was a Chinese-American diplomat and businessman who became the f...
10/30/2023

Today's date in New Haven history:

Yung Wing (1828-1912) was a Chinese-American diplomat and businessman who became the first Chinese student to graduate from an American university, Yale College, in 1854.

Yung Wing was the first Chinese student to graduate from an American university.

On today's date in 1852, he took an oath in New Haven and became a naturalized American citizen. He died in Hartford in 1912.

Read more:
http://archives.yalealumnimagazine.com/issues/2004_11/old_yale.html

  Born in 1828 to a poor farming family in Macau, Yung Wing was sent to attend foreign missionary schools in southern China at a young age. His parents hoped that learning English would lead y…

10/30/2023
10/24/2023
We are SO excited to learn that New Haven legal legend Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005), who grew up on Day and Garden...
10/24/2023

We are SO excited to learn that New Haven legal legend Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005), who grew up on Day and Garden Streets in the Dwight neighborhood, attended Hillhouse High School, became an attorney who argued many of the key cases in the Civil Rights Movement and later became the 1st Black female federal judge, will be featured on a United States Postal Service stamp in 2024! Such an honor for her hometown 👏

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-postal-service-reveals-stamps-for-2024-301963517.html

Mr. Bassett had many ties to New Haven!
10/24/2023

Mr. Bassett had many ties to New Haven!

Join us NEXT WEEK, Tuesday, October 24 at Noon for our FREE online event: "The Making of the First Black U.S. Diplomat" with William Fothergill from CCSU.

Register here: https://bit.ly/CFT2023FirstBlackDiplomat

10/23/2023

Join Beinecke and the Ethnic Heritage Center Sunday, October 29th for a pop-up display of materials related to sites on the EHC's Walk New Haven tours of Downtown, Downtown North, and Lower Dixwell!

Congratulations 🎊 to Ethnic Heritage Center member organization Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven on anothe...
10/22/2023

Congratulations 🎊 to Ethnic Heritage Center member organization Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven on another great annual brunch. It was wonderful to see so many people coming out to honor a deeply valued community member for her decades of service.

Read more:

This write-up was submitted by Jewish Historical Society President Michael Dimenstein. Last Sunday, more than 200 members and friends of the Jewish community gathered to recognize Robyn Teplitzky’s four decades of leadership, advocacy, and service…

Happy birthday 🎉🎂🎊 to New Haven legal legend George Crawford (1877-1972), born on today's date in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.Af...
10/21/2023

Happy birthday 🎉🎂🎊 to New Haven legal legend George Crawford (1877-1972), born on today's date in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

After attending the Tuskegee Institute, Crawford graduated from Yale Law School in 1903 and became a prominent and successful lawyer in New Haven, rising to become the first Black corporation counsel for the City of New Haven in the 1950s.

He was a founder of the Greater New Haven chapter of the . Crawford Manor in New Haven and the African-American bar association in Connecticut are named after him.

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10/18/2023

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New Quinnipiac Dawnland Museum at the historic Dudley Farm in North Guilford tells story...

10/18/2023
10/17/2023

Join us Thurs., Nov. 9, 2023, as John Mills presents, “Individuals of Connecticut’s Colored Regiments.” Pre-lecture reception: 5:30 p.m., lecture: 6 p.m. Also streaming on FB Live. The Militia Act of 1862 made it legal for African American men to enlist in the U. S. military, leading to the creation of CT’s 29th Colored Infantry Regiment. Mills will delve into the lives and experiences of some of the men who enlisted in the 29th, and challenge how the nation recognizes their unique sacrifices today. Today, the 29th Rgt. is memorialized by a monument in Criscuolo Park in New Haven, where the regiment trained.

More: https://facebook.com/events/s/individuals-of-cts-colored-reg/7016867078380458/?mibextid=RQdjqZ

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10/17/2023

Some amazing local history in honor of !

Happy 190th birthday 🎂🎉🥳 to Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett (1833-1908),   near Derby, Conn. In 1869 Bassett became the firs...
10/16/2023

Happy 190th birthday 🎂🎉🥳 to Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett (1833-1908), near Derby, Conn. In 1869 Bassett became the first African-American diplomat when President Ulysses Grant appointed him U.S. ambassador to . He started his illustrious career as an educator and public servant when he taught at a segregated school in New Haven in the 1850s, before becoming principal of the renowned Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia in 1857. Bassett is buried in New Haven's Grove Street Cemetery.

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10/02/2023

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Thousands of National Guardsmen gathered in the Goffe Street Armory, weapons of war in hand as they prepared to confront anti-war activists and Black Panther trial protesters on the Green. But unlike at Kent State…

09/27/2023

: 3 years ago today (September 27, 2020) New Haven dedicated a new statue to pioneering African-American entrepreneur and civic leader William Lanson on the Farmington Canal, which Lanson helped to build in the 1820s. Thank you to the Amistad Committee and sculptor Dana King for giving us this beautiful reminder of our diverse heritage. 🙏🙏

https://todayincthistory.com/2023/09/27/september-27-the-man-who-made-long-wharf-long/

Wishing a G'mar chatima tovah to all who are observing Yom Kippur. ✡️
09/24/2023

Wishing a G'mar chatima tovah to all who are observing Yom Kippur. ✡️

09/22/2023

This September marks the 184-year anniversary of the start of the Amistad Trials. Join us in the historic courtroom in Connecticut's Old State House — where the trials began nearly two centuries ago — on Monday, September 25th at 10am. A panel of experts will dive deep into the history of the Amistad, its legacy, and its role in our future. The panel will be moderated by Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Mariana García de la Noceda, CT’s Old State House Public Programs Manager. Learn more at https://wp.cga.ct.gov/osh/calendar/the-amistad-a-conversation-between-our-past-and-future/

We love the idea of this Judaica show-and-tell series! So many interesting ritual objects with fascinating and meaningfu...
09/21/2023

We love the idea of this Judaica show-and-tell series! So many interesting ritual objects with fascinating and meaningful stories behind them.

09/21/2023

Southern celebrates National Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month with a diverse array of events and activities throughout the months of September and October.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3tHf2hI

Interpretive sign honors Sleeping Giant's history as home to Indigenous peoples: 'It speaks volumes'
09/21/2023

Interpretive sign honors Sleeping Giant's history as home to Indigenous peoples: 'It speaks volumes'

A new interpretive sign unveiled Wednesday at Sleeping Giant State Park educates visitors...

Congrats to Beulah Heights on your anniversary 🎉💯
09/20/2023

Congrats to Beulah Heights on your anniversary 🎉💯

To hear Rosie Hoke tell it, Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church was born with a miracle. …

L'Shanah Tovah to all our Jewish friends and followers! Looking forward to a great 5784. 🍎🍯
09/15/2023

L'Shanah Tovah to all our Jewish friends and followers! Looking forward to a great 5784. 🍎🍯

09/13/2023

***Important Update: Italian-American Heritage Festival Rescheduled to Sunday October 8!***

Due to the unpredictable weather, we've made the decision to move the Greater New Haven Italian-American Heritage Festival to its rain date, October 8th! Don't worry, the excitement, cultural celebrations, car show and overall good time remain the same, just on a different day!

New Date: October 8, 2023 12-6pm Center Park

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this change might cause, but your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities. Mark your calendars, gather your family and friends, and get ready for a day filled with fun, laughter, and the rich heritage of the Italian-American community in Hamden as we celebrate with Branford, East Haven, New Haven, North Haven and West Haven!

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Attention Greater New Haven area! The Town of Hamden, Connecticut is excited to host The Greater New Haven Italian American Heritage Festival at Hamden Town Center Park

This is a six-town event and we’re excited to welcome Branford, East Haven, Hamden, New Haven, North Haven, and West Haven for this exciting Festival!

There will be lots of Food Trucks, an exciting car show, fun activities for the kids, the opportunity to touch a fire truck, great music and so much more to celebrate the Italian-American Heritage. All are welcome and we can’t wait to see you.

We had a great time this weekend tabling at Henry Whitfield State Museum for their Welcome Fest alongside other local an...
09/11/2023

We had a great time this weekend tabling at Henry Whitfield State Museum for their Welcome Fest alongside other local and grassroots history organizations. Thanks for having us! 🙏🙏

We will be there tabling... come join us!
09/09/2023

We will be there tabling... come join us!

🎉 FREE EVENT! 🎉 UNITY community art project – Storytelling – Drumming – Community Expo – Kindness Rocks – Food & Supplies Drive – Tours – Refreshments – Sept. 9th, 12-4 pm – Rain or Shine

In celebration of Welcoming Week, let's build a nation of neighbors! Welcoming Week is an annual international campaign and celebration showcasing the work of communities striving to be more welcoming places for all, including immigrants and refugees. The Whitfield House was built in 1639 as the home of Guilford’s first minister as well as a fort for the new settlement of about 350 Puritans fleeing religious persecution in England. While Puritans were religious refugees, they were often not welcoming to those with differing views or those they thought of as inferior. Here at the museum, we’re committed to Welcoming Week’s goal of building a nation of neighbors. WelcomeFest is a free event open to everyone where we learn about cultures different from our own, celebrate our similarities and differences, and foster mutual understanding and deeper belonging for all.

WelcomeFest includes:

• UNITY community art project: UNITY is a circular arrangement of 32 poles and each pole is labeled with an identifier (for example: “I am a parent,” “I have Asian ancestors,” or “I identify as LGBTQ”). With yarn, participants tie to each pole with which they identify. A canopy of interconnectedness forms as more people participate. In the end, this project celebrates the uniqueness of individuals while at the same time illustrating how we are all connected by something. UNITY will stay on the museum’s front lawn throughout Welcoming Week, September 9-17.

• Storytelling by Sara deBeer at 1 pm: “Tales of Deep-Rooted Magic” features stories from cultures around the world, tales of the magic which waits for those who venture into the woods, into the wilds, into the deep, dark forest. Sara’s lively storytelling is suitable for listeners of all ages and includes audience participation to keep the youngest listeners involved.

• Drumming with Mark Zarrillo at 2 pm: Participants are encouraged to join the rhythm while Mark shares his rich knowledge of West African music and culture to create community.

• Community expo: Local and state organizations share their work that creates welcoming communities for the benefit of all residents. Expo participants include Integrated Refugee and Immigration Services, Connecticut Freedom Trail, Connecticut Minority & Women’s History, Ethnic Heritage Center, Witness Stones Project, Dudley Farm Museum, Guilford Keeping Society, Hyland House Museum, Guilford Social Services, and Guilford Human Rights Commission.

• Kindness rocks: Participants paint kindness rocks to keep, share with someone who needs some inspiration, or leave somewhere to brighten the finder’s day. All supplies are provided.

• Food & supplies drive: Visitors are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food and supplies to benefit the Guilford Food Bank. For the most up-to-date list of the Food Bank’s current needs, visit www.guilfordfoodbank.org.

• Tours: The museum’s Whitfield House, Visitor Center, and Education Building are open for self-guided tours.

• Refreshments: Enjoy fresh-popped corn and lemonade.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1788640548236250/?ref=newsfeed

Welcoming America
IRIS - Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services
Connecticut Freedom Trail
Ethnic Heritage Center
Witness Stones Project
Dudley Farm Museum
Guilford Keeping Society
Hyland House Museum
Guilford Social Services
Guilford Food Bank
Guilford Human Rights Commission

May his memory be a blessing! 🙏
09/07/2023

May his memory be a blessing! 🙏

Isidor "Izzy" Juda -- a Holocaust survivor and World War II U.S. Army veteran who lived in the Towers and who regularly spoke with New Haven Public Schools students to ensure that one of the…

08/17/2023
New exhibit at The Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center in downtown New Haven
08/17/2023

New exhibit at The Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center in downtown New Haven

Stepping into the "Rushnyky: Sacred Ukrainian Textiles" exhibit at the Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center feels like stepping into a particularly cozy little house. Faux-stone columns and archways line the walls, framing display cases made…

08/08/2023

This is a Ketubah from Alexandria, Egypt, dated back to August 9th, 1865. The ketubah (plural ketubot) is the standard marriage contract that Jewish law requires a groom to provide for his bride on their wedding day. It is intended to protect the woman, primarily by establishing the man’s financial obligations to her in case of divorce or widowhood. In addition to the financial clauses, the text of the ketubah outlines other obligations undertaken by the groom, including traditional conjugal rights such as food, clothing and shelter. The exact date when the ketubah became a central part of the Jewish marriage ceremony remains unknown.

To learn and see more Ketubot, check out the Beinecke digital library!

Call Number: Hebrew MSS Suppl 36 (Oversize)

https://collections.library.yale.edu/catalog/2066788

07/25/2023

Robert Greenberg has amassed a colossal collection of New Haven artifacts.

Thank you 🙏🙏 to Dr. Dwayne Smith, recently inaugurated President of Southern Connecticut State University, for visiting ...
07/25/2023

Thank you 🙏🙏 to Dr. Dwayne Smith, recently inaugurated President of Southern Connecticut State University, for visiting the Ethnic Heritage Center last week and meeting with our staff and board. We have enjoyed a long and close relationship with SCSU and look forward to many more years of collaboration.

06/25/2023

Dressed in a blue tee shirt with "Amalfi" printed across the chest, Fran Calabrese remembered walking hand in hand with her grandfather to a Wooster Square-hosted celebration of St. Andrew when she was just three…

06/15/2023
06/10/2023

From 12-4 pm on Saturdays through June: Don't miss the "Timeless: Telling our Neighborhood Stories - Chapter 1: Constance Baker Motley" exhibit in the Toni N. and Wendell C. Harp Historical Museum at the Dixwell QHouse, 197 Dixwell Ave., New Haven (see link below to sign up for a free, self-guided tour).

Judge Motley, one of New Haven’s greats, was the first African American woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court, the first to serve as a federal judge, and so much more.

This exhibit, highlighting these and her many other accomplishments, is made possible through The Vineyard Project For Black Futures in New Haven and The Black Futures Fund at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
Learn more and sign up for a tour: http://ow.ly/CBTQ50OBqTi

06/10/2023

Here's a list of 19 Juneteenth celebrations happening around Connecticut in 2023.

06/09/2023

For people who have devoted their lives to organizing, Paula and Frank Panzarella have finally been able to confess: They are quite disorganized --what with a house full of flyers, posters, political buttons, a battalion’s…

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Leo Marino, who grew up in Wooster Square and was a truly wonderful storytell...
12/20/2022

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Leo Marino, who grew up in Wooster Square and was a truly wonderful storyteller about New Haven in the 1940s and 1950s. He was a great resource for us as we were writing our most recent Walk New Haven book on the history of Grand Avenue.

View Leo N. Marino's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.

Wishing a Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish friends. Chag sameach! 🕎
12/19/2022

Wishing a Happy Hanukkah to all our Jewish friends. Chag sameach! 🕎

12/16/2022

The exhibit focuses on a missionary voyage to Hawaii in November of 1822.

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Services for Marjorie Mills will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the Bethel Church located on the corner of Goffe and County Streets in New Haven, CT. For those of us who know Marjorie, it would be a wonderful tribute to come out to celebrate her life and life long service to others. She will be missed.