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Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Annual OSHS Antique Sale and Appraisal Event AND the Society's Garden Sale Event!!!     These two May 30th events have been extremely popular and will take place on and across the street from the grounds of the General William Hart House. The antique and appraisal event will be held from 10am to 4pm while the garden sale will be held from 9am to 1pm. Over 100 vendors will be on hand for the antique sale and appraisal event. This event is sponsored by Saybrook Recycle Furniture and Lorensen Auto Group. The annual General William Hart House Garden Sale will also be held Saturday, May 30th from 9am to 1pm. For a second year, the sale is scheduled in conjunction with the historical society's large Antique Sale and Appraisal Day. The perennial plants offered are grown without pesticides in the Hart House Garden or private home gardens. We encourage buyers to come to this VERY popular sale early for the best selection!

The perennial plants offered in the Garden Sale Event are grown without pesticides in the Hart House Garden or private home gardens. We encourage buyers to come to this VERY popular sale early for the best selection!

The Antique Show will be held from 9am to 4pm with over  60 vendors!  FREE ADMISSION!
The Appraisal Event will be held from 10am to 1pm  9 appraisers. Cost for appraisals is 1 item for $7,  3 appraisals for $20.
The Garden Sale Event will be held from 9a, to 1pm.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Its Time for the Annual "Hosting for History" Summer Festival!!!!

The Old Saybrook Historical Society is announcing their annual "Hosting for History" Summer Festival on Saturday, June 27, 2015! In addition to wine tasting, sponsored by Shore Discount Liquors of Deep River, and gourmet pizza served by "The New Haven Pizza Truck", the Society will host a silent auction.

And, if that's not enough, music will be provided by The Donn Trenner Trio with Chris DePino! Donn Trenner has a long illustrious history in jazz and has played with the likes of Charlie "Bird" Parker, Stan Getz, Les Brown and many others. He's one of the world's "jazz greats" and hails from New Haven.

You can get tickets after May 1st in three ways:

(1) call the Society at 860-395-1635 and leave a message,

(2) mail your order with check and stamped, self-addressed envelope to the Old Saybrook Historical Society, PO Box 4, Old Saybrook, Connecticut 06475,

(3) stop by the Stevensons Archive at 350 Main from 9am to noon on Thursdays and buy your tickets directly.

Tickets to this important OSHS benefit are $50 per person.

Remember, tickets are limited!



Annual Appeal

The Old Saybrook Historical Society has issued its Annual Appeal letter for support (click on image of letter to see a full size copy). The Society is always truly thankful for all of the generous benefactors that support it every year.

Thank you, thank you for your generous support of this important organization!!!!




World War 1 Remembered:  Historic Posters and Memorabilia.

Ongoing, June 7th through August 31st

Beginning June 6th and extending through August 31st, the Old Saybrook Historical Society will be hosting an exhibit of numerous authentic posters that were made in support of our country's efforts in World War 1. In addition, memorabilia from the "World War" will be displayed. The exhibit will be located in the rear area of the Society's General William Hart House at 350 Main Street in Old Saybrook. The exhibit will be open from 1pm to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment.  For information, contact the Society at (860) 395-1635 or email us at contact@saybrookhistory.org

Go to our Events page to find more information on the exhibit opening!


Sunday, June 7, 2015, Historic Musician, Rick Spencer

To open the summerlong exhibition of authentic World War 1 posters and memorabilia, a special historical musical program will be sponsored by the Old Saybrook Historical Society led by Rick Spencer.  The event will be held at the Old Saybrook's Grace Episcopal Church and will followed by a reception next door at the Society's Hart House Campus at 350 Main Street in Old Saybrook.

As a soloist and with others, Mr. Spencer has performed throughout the US, in Canada, England, Portugal, France, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands. He is recognized as a composer and writer of songs that run the range from delicate and sensitive to humorous and irreverent.  He is known internationally for his work as historian, researcher, singer, songwriter and performer of music in the American folk tradition. For over 25 years he has traveled and performed at venues which include concert stages, fold festivals, museums, historical societies, schools, libraries, pubs and other places.  Mr. Spencer sings and accompanies himself on a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, concertina, mandolin, culcimer, button accordion and others.  At the June 7th event, Mr. Spencer will be playing music related to World War 1.


Saturday, July 11, 2015 Civil War Reenactment. 10am to 2pm

Company F 14th CVI returns to Old Saybrook for a third reenactment on a day the whole family will enjoy! This living history event reenacts a Civil War campsite and musket firing with people in period costume. Admission is FREE! Sponsored by the Old Saybrook Historical Society, the event will take place at the Society's General William Hart House at 350 Main Street in Old Saybrook. 


Ongoing Genealogy Roundtables at the Society's Stevenson Archives

Professional genealogist and Historical Society archivist Gregory Thompson moderatesa genealogy roundtable on the third Tuesday of each month from 7p to 8:30pm for all levels of family historians and genealogists.  Call on Thursday mornings from 9am to noon for more information - (860) 395-1635, or email us at contact@saybrookhistory.org 


                        Virtual Tour of the Gen. William Hart House and Stevenson Archives!                                   

The Hart House and Stevenson Archives are now virtual:





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