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Old Saybrook Historical Society’s Chapman Lecture Series
Jerry Roberts, Author and Historian
Will talk on his new findings regarding
“The British Raid on Essex”
Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Acton Public Library, Old Boston Post Road Public invited.  No charge.

RIP Anne E. White Sweet 1920 - 2014 

We have lost an integral part of our Archives.  Speaking for myself,  Anne was my go-to person.  She always had the answer or would point me in the right direction.  Her in-depth knowledge of Saybrook history-especially  Native American and the 20th century, was unrivaled.  She co-wrote a children’s book “In the Shade of Saybrook Fort”.   She was a valued contributor to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center’s recent exploration on-site of the siege and battle of Saybrook Fort. 

Her love of this town and its history was contagious.  I thank her for that. Dianne Hoyt



Student Volunteer Tea: A Special Senior Project

       Two Old Saybrook High School seniors, Kristi Ledwith and Keanna Chang, who have served as student volunteers with us for four years, decided that for their senior project, they will host a benefit tea in the House for the Society. They will handle advertising, ticket sales, menu planning, food preparation, and gathering other students to serve, prepare and clean up. This is a huge undertaking for them, but they are hard workers and thrilled to do this for us.These students are two of the five seniors who have helped with tours and all our major events ... doing whatever was needed to get the job done. We call them our “Fabulous Five” and will miss them very much. This level of commitment is a great example of young people who do not get enough credit.
Here are the details – May 18 from 2 to 4 at the Hart House. $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Tickets 
go on sale for members and their guests from April 1 to 15. Make checks payable to Old Saybrook Historical 
Society. Ticket sales to public begin April 15. All tickets on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited. 
What a wonderful event for members and friends to support!

 Each year the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce recognizes a non-profit organization who “contribute to the economic vitality and quality of life in Old Saybrook” and this year the honor went to the Old Saybrook Historical Society. In making the announcement, the Chamber’s Executive Director Judy Sullivan said the Historical Society has developed a reputation for organizational excellence and has had a major impact on the lives of individuals within the past year. Ms. Sullivan pointed out several specific reasons for the selection:
 1.  The Old Saybrook Historical Society and the William Hart House and Gardens is a gem right in the middle of town. 
 2.  Many volunteers work very hard to promote the long history of Old Saybrook and work to keep it in the minds of the community – particularly being the oldest town on the Shoreline!
 3.  The many programs presented by the Historical Society encompass all ages.   Volunteers encompass all ages!   
 4.  The Stevenson Archive and Library has helped many residents and visitors with genealogical research.
 5.  Varied and interesting lectures provide insight into historical information.
The award was presented December 5 at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner at the Saybrook Point Inn by the Chamber President Kristen Roberts and Executive Director Judy Sullivan. Previous recipients of the “Nonprofit of the Year” award include Estuary Council of Seniors, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center , HOPE Partnership, and the Old Saybrook Youth & Family Services of Berlin.

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