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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.

New Exhibit at Hall Memorial Library
The Ellington Historical Society has installed a new exhibit titled “Nellie’s Medicine Cabinet” at Hall Memorial Library. The featured items come from the upstairs bathroom cabinets at the Nellie McKnight Museum at 70 Main Street, Ellington CT. Topical ointments, bandages, antique medicine bottles, straight razor, mustache cup and hair crimper are just a few of the objects on display. Descriptions are included for each item using the product information directly from the packaging when possible.

    2014 Schedule of Events
  October Newsletter  

Oct 23

Thursday
7 pm
Hall Memorial Library


Jordan Freeman
: Kevin Johnson of the Connecticut State Library will reenact the life and times Jordan Freeman, an African-American servant in the Revolutionary War, at this month's meeting of the Ellington Historical Society. Both the speaker and the meeting are open to the public: all are welcome and encouraged to attend: pre-registration is required for non-members.

Contact: Main Desk : 860-870-3160
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Dec 6

Ellington Winterfest

2-7 pm
Nellie McKnight Museum

Who Was Nellie McKnight?
She was one of the founding members of the Ellington Historical Society and in 1981 donated her home to be used as a museum. But who was Nellie McKnight? Librarian, historian, teacher and hand-weaver are among the descriptions of the quiet New England lady who was so active in our town. Born in 1894, her lifespan saw electricity coming to Ellington and man landing on the moon! Our exhibit will feature pictures and memorabilia of her life as well as many hand-woven pieces Nellie created on her floor loom housed in the museum and still in use today.

The exhibit will open on Saturday, December 6, 2014 and be available for viewing through the 2015 museum season. The museum is open from May through September from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoons and by request. For details, call 860-875-7160.
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    2015 Schedule of Events

Jan 22

Thursday
7 pm
Hall Memorial Library



Steve Thornton will discuss his book:
A Shoeleather History of the Wobblies: Stories of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Connecticut.
Both the speaker and the meeting are open to the public: all are welcome and encouraged to attend: pre-registration is required for non-members.

Contact: Main Desk : 860-870-3160

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Feb 26

Thursday
7 pm
Hall Memorial Library


Mathew Duman

What facet of a building is most effective at making you smile? Is it expert craftsmanship? Handsome materials? Pleasing proportions? For Mathew M. Duman, the answer is: gargoyles and grotesques. Five years ago, Duman, a photographer and graphic designer at the Knights of Columbus headquarters in New Haven, became fascinated with creatures that had been carved into walls, arches, cornices and towers of Yale University buildings.


Contact: Main Desk : 860-870-3160


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Apr 23

Thursday
7 pm
Hall Memorial Library

Arnie Pritchard Performs "This Business of Fighting"

"This Business of Fighting," is a live performance story, based on Tony Pritchard's letters to his parents in Rhode Island between his sailing for Europe in February 1944 and Germany's surrender about fifteen months later. You will hear him describe crawling through the freezing, snow-covered woods of the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge. You will hear about crowds of released forced laborers wandering the roads of Germany as the Nazi regime was collapsing. You will hear about women desperately trying to preserve their homes as the tide of battle washes over them.


Contact: Main Desk : 860-870-3160

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Jun 25

Thursday
6:30 pm
Hall Memorial Library

Member's meeting and Pot Luck Supper.
(Members only)

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