Welcome to the New London County Historical Society

The New London County Historical Society was established in 1870 and purchased the Shaw Mansion in 1907. The Shaw Mansion was built in 1756 and serves as the Society’s headquarters and houses its vast collection of material culture artifacts and archives. NLCHS provides tours of our period decorated rooms and permanent exhibits to visitors while assisting researchers in our Research and Genealogy Library. Its climate controlled vault stores documents from the eighteenth century including the Joshua Hempsted Diary.

11 Blinman Street | New London, CT 06320
(860) 443-1209 | Info@nlchs.org

Tours: Thursdays 12-4 p.m., or by appointment
*Last tour given at 3:15 p.m.

Research is by Appointment only, Wednesday-Friday

Upcoming Events & Programs

What’s Where? Researching 101

Want to know more about a 100-year old incident in your town? Have an elusive ancestor? Bought a house and would like to write up its history for your family? Explore the basics of doing traditional and online research in a four-session course: March 20 and 27, April 3 and April 10.

Lecture on Frances Caulkins

Nancy Steenburg, PhD will be speaking on April 20th at the Otis Library about Frances Manwaring Caulkins, both about Caulkins’s life and work in Norwich, but more specifically about her involvement in the abolition movement in Norwich, where she was the first president of the Norwich Female Anti-Slavery Society.

CT Open House Day

On Saturday June 8th from 10:00am– 1:00pm, NLCHS will offer free tours of the Shaw Mansion in honor of CT Open House Day. At 2:00pm, we’ll host a lecture titled: Local Connections: Finding the H.M.S. Resolute. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Summer Museum Camp

Looking for something FUN and constructive for your student to do this summer? Sign them up for one of our weekly museum camp sessions this summer! We have three weekly camp sessions to choose from: July 15th – 19th, July 22nd – 26th, July 29th – August 2nd.

Visit our Events page for a fuller explanation of camp objectives, activities and a downloadable application.

Become a Member

Membership in the New London County Historical Society, Inc. helps to support the work of the Society in preserving New London County’s history for future generations to study and enjoy.

Volunteer Opportunities

NLCHS has a variety of internship and volunteer opportunities available! We have unpaid internship opportunities in collections, research, marketing, and program development.

We’re looking for volunteers who are interested in being docents and researchers! Volunteering or interning with NLCHS is a great way for the individual to learn more about the history and life of New London, and the county.

Charitable Giving

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the New London County Historical Society relies upon its members and the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations to provide needed support for our programs and operations.  

Please join us in preserving and sharing New London County’s rich past by making a contribution today.

For Oil and Buggy Whips | $15

Life on a Whaler: Antarctic Adventures in the Isle of Desolation 1851-1853 | $25

History of Norwich, Connecticut: From its Possession to the Indians in the year 1866 | $60

History of New London Connecticut from the First Survey of the Coast in 1612 to 1860 by Frances Manwaring Caulkins | $60

A Useful Friend | $25

Black Roots in Southeastern Connecticut 1650-1900 | $35

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