Open for Winterfest

The museum will be open for Winterfest Sat Dec 03, 2016 from 2 pm - 7 pm.

2016 Schedule of Events     Oct Newsletter
Oct 27 Thursday 7:00 pm Hall Memorial Library

Jenny Stedman (CT Historical Society)- Witches in Connecticut

The trials and executions of witches in Connecticut predated the more famous Salem witch panic by over 40 years. Hear the stories of some of the women and men accused, tried, and executed as witches and learn how Connecticut successfully controlled the spread of witch accusations long before Salem erupted in panic and violence.

Jan 26 Thursday 7:00 pm Hall Memorial Library

Mariann Millard will preseint Hail to The Chief: The Inaugration of a President

Presidential inaugrations past and present and how we have the traditions and requirements that color our inaugrations today.

Feb 23 Thursday 7:00 pm Hall Memorial Library

Ed Parry master gunsmith

Ed Parry will present a program about making reproduction guns and how he came to own a gun made for a McKinstry from Ellington. Mr. Parry is a Rev War re-enactor with Ye Olde Lebanon Towne Militia.

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Welcome to the Ellington Historical Society
The Ellington Historical Society holds its meetings at 7 P.M. in the upstairs meeting room at Hall Memorial Library at 93 Main Street Ellington CT.  map  Refreshments follow the programs. Old and new members, and guests are welcome.
On-line collections database:
Ellington Historical Society has an extensive collection of photographs and documents stored on-line.
To view the collection click this link. Use the Help button on the page that opens to get started.

The Collections software has been upgraded and is better than ever!

Ellington Chronicles of Change by Dorothy Cohen link
Written in 1987 this book is "a social, hlstorical, and political commentary on what we consider to be some of the highllghts of the area's evolutlon." - Irene Dowd editor
(Use Ctrl+F to search the doucment)

Activity at the Museum
The museum is closed for the season.
Nellie's Recipe Box
From the Curator -

Nellie McKnight was famous for her candied orange peel and made many batches during the holiday season to give as gifts or bring to a holiday gathering. The following recipe was found in her recipe box typed on a slip of paper from a program for the church. Editor’s Note: There are easier recipes for candied peel on the internet!

Candied Peel

Grate yellow rind from outside of peel. Remove pulp, cut peel into strips, cover with cold water and boil, adding 1 level teaspoon of (baking)soda and ½ teaspoon of salt. Boil quite a while, drain and return to stove with fresh hot water. Boil 5 minutes and drain. Return to boiling fresh hot water for a third time. Cook until tender. Drain thoroughly and press out water with a cloth a few pieces at a time. Make a thick syrup: 1 cup sugar, ½ cup water to a cup of peel. Set peel in syrup 15-20 minutes. Remove from syrup a strip at a time. Roll in granulated sugar and place on waxed paper to dry.