Annual Appeal

History Matters as does your continued support for the New London County Historical Society. We strive to preserve, educate, and serve our community, your membership and donations play a vital role in fulfilling our mission of preservation, education, and community service.

In 1870, Henry Haven embarked on a journey to safeguard the complex history of New London County. This vision evolved into a remarkable archive containing thousands of historical documents and artifacts housed in The Shaw Mansion. Within these hallowed walls, you’ll find correspondence from George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and Jonathan Trumbull, alongside whaling journals, the Goddard Townsend mahogany tea table and a Flag of the United States made in 1776. The significance of our collection is important not just locally but globally, reminding us why History Matters.

Our commitment to education extends far and wide, with publications, lectures, and programs designed to reach the diverse community in New London County and beyond. Works like both the Histories of New London and Norwich by Frances Manwaring Caulkins and “Black Roots in Southeastern Connecticut” stand as valuable resources for historians and genealogists alike. Our family records reach beyond borders, assisting professional and amateur researchers alike in tracing family histories and genealogies. Our lectures delve into key periods of New London history like whaling, the middle passage, and privateering. Each lecture is meticulously researched to illuminate the hidden stories found within our archives, because every facet of our history matters.

Partnerships form the cornerstone of our mission. Our internship program, drawing students locally and internationally, empowers future leaders with skills in archive management, marketing, and education. The collaboration with the New London Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club fosters a summer program that teaches young minds from low-income backgrounds the importance of their history within New London County. These partnerships underscore the significance of every narrative within our community’s history, reinforcing the fact that History Matters.

In these challenging times, the wisdom of our past guides our future. The preservation of our archive, along with the restoration of the historic Shaw Mansion, are essential to our continued service to the community. Your renewed membership and contribution to this year’s annual fund will empower us to move forward with strength and purpose. Our goal for the 2023 annual fund drive is $30,000, and we have reached just $6,000 of that target. We invite you to help us reach our goal and, if your membership has lapsed, to renew it. Your unwavering support is a testament to the history of our community, because, without a doubt, our history matters.

Please renew your membership today and make a donation to our annual fund on the support page. Your dedication keeps our mission alive and ensures that History Matters for generations to come.

Thank you for being an essential part of our journey.

Warm regards

Steven Manuel

Executive Director

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