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Genealogy Roundtable,

 Third Tuesday of each month starting Sept. 16 for all levels of family historians and genealogists from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Stevenson Archives. Prifessional genealogist and Historical Society archivist Gregory Thompson moderates.

Chapman Lectures, at Acton Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road

Nov 20, 2014

Susan Campbell, Tempest-Tossed: The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker

Author Susan Campbell will present a talk on Isabella Beecher Hooker, a leader in the 19th century’s women’s suffrage movement and a member of Connecticut’s wealthy and influential Beecher family.  Titled “Tempest-Tossed:  The Spirit of Isabella Beecher Hooker,” the talk is sponsored by the Old Saybrook Historical Society, and will be given at the Acton Library, 360 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Susan Campbell is the author of several publications and was part of the Hartford Courant’s Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of the shootings at the CT Lottery headquarters in Newington.   She has appeared on the CBS New Sunday Morning, the BBC, and WNPR. Her publication is the first full biography of Isabella Beecher Hooker, a passionate, fascinating member of the famous and high-powered Beecher family.  “Just when she finally discovered her own calling in the women’s rights movement,” one reviewer wrote of Isabella Beecher Hooker, “she found herself embroiled in the biggest sex scandal of the 19th century, the trial of her own brother for adultery…..  This long overdue story has found its perfect storyteller in Susan Campbell, who captures the liveliness and spirit of this daring individual.”

Bushnell Farm Open House (benefit for the Historical Society)

Nov 23, 2-4 pm 

If you are looking for a quality holiday gift that will be a memorable keepsake, and wish to have an enjoyable afternoon, you are invited to a special open house at Old Saybrook’s incomparable 1678 Bushnell Farm house, 1445 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook on Sunday, November 23 between 2:00 and 4:00. Sponsored by the Old Saybrook Historical Society, in cooperation with in cooperation with in cooperation with Herb & Sherry Clark, owners of Bushnell Farm, “admission” will be the purchase of this year’s custom made pewter ornament featuring the Bushnell Farm and House. This hand-crafted decorative piece is made by Woodbury Pewter from the highest quality pewter and continues a series of comparable ornaments that have been offered over the years featuring other historic Saybrook sites.   
The Open House will showcase the preservation of this 17th century home, one of the oldest in Saybrook and in the State. The early Connecticut architecture of what was originally a frontier dwelling will be highlighted and the structural changes over time will be identified in the context of the Bushnell Family story. There will be tastings of seasonal beverages and cake as the Bushnell Family draws their breath before the frenzy of cooking preparations for the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Admission” to the event will be the purchase of one of the pewter ornament featuring the 1678 Bushnell House at $12.   A limited number of ornaments from earlier years will be available.  All proceeds go to support the programs of the Historical Society.
For further information or to place an order, contact the Historical Society at:  860-395-1635.

Wreath-Making Workshops

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 and 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Hart House Exibit Gallery. $40 for memebers, $45 for non-members. reservations at 860-395-1635.

Wassail Party

Sunday, Dec. 14, 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hart House.




 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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