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Welcome to the Old Saybrook Historical Society!

Our Mission:  To preserve, protect and promote the history of Old Saybrook.

The Old Saybrook Historical Society welcomes you to its home page and invites you to navigate through to discover what we have to offer!  The rich history of Old Saybrook found in historical homes, artifacts, documents, letters, etc. was in danger of disappearing or being destroyed if an organization to implement the preservation of these items was not formed.  A group of twenty concerned citizens decided to address this serious problem by creating the Old Saybrook Historical Society in 1958.  Under the able direction of the first president, Frank Tinsley, a noted historian, author and scientific illustrator a formal Constitution incorporating the Society was established in 1966. 




Upcoming Happenings and Events

Chapman Lecture Series, Thursday October 20, 2016 at 7pm, Acton Public Library
Professor Kenneth Florey, Southern CT State University

For the past 35 years, Professor Kenneth Florey, Southern CT State University, has been an avid collector of suffrage memorabilia and has amassed one of the best accumulations of such material in America.  The collection contains significant holdings in such areas as post cards, buttons, sheet music, posters, ceramics, advertising cards, and ribbons. Some of the materials were recently on display at the New Haven Museum (formerly the New Haven Historical Society). The collection provided a significant bulk of the illustrated material of the 144-page special suffrage issue of the APIC.




Cypress Cemetery Tour, October 30, 2016, 4pm

Join us on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 4pm for our annual tour of one of the oldest continuously operating cemeteries in the country.  Laid out in 1635, "the ancient burial ground" served the Saybrook Plantation in the early days of the colony.  Donations are $5.

Join us!  Call 860-395-1635 with questions.




James Family Letters

Many will recall that the Old Saybrook Historical Society is partnering with Liz Petry and her family - the Petrys and the James' - and the Middlesex County Community Foundation on a documentary film project about that amazing family.  You've seen posts here about Liz' mother, author Ann Petry (shown at left with Liz and at right), and great aunt pharmacist Ms. James of James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook.  To find out more about the status of the project, click on the following link:    




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