Derby Historical Selling Valley History Series


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The Derby Historical Society is pleased to offer its fourth publication since 1999  - General David Humphreys 1752 - 1818. The text was originally published by the late local historian Leo T. Molloy in a book about Commodore Isaac Hull in 1964. Now offered for the first time as a stand-alone publication, this 28 page booklet offers a glimpse into the life and times of the Valley's greatest patriot. The book also contains about 20 photographs, many of which were taken by Society Curator Marian O'Keefe, who also took many of the photographs in Derby and Ansonia - Then & Now (see below). The book is available for a $5.00 donation to the Day in 1762 Scholarship Program.

Derby and Ansonia - Then & Now is a wonderful compliment to our 1999 Images of America books. Wander the streets, neighborhoods, and downtowns of bygone Ansonia and Derby and see how they have changed today. The historic "Then" photographs, most from the Historical Society archives, are contrasted with modern "Now" photographs taken at or very near the same spot. This wonderful book will join its earlier predecessors on your bookshelf as a cherished look back at two great and historic cities.

Still available from the Historical Society are its two original books from Arcadia's Images of America series. Derby, Conn. is now in its third printing, and is $19.99. Ansonia, Conn. is $18.99. Both books were originally published in July of 1999, are 128 pages long, and contain over 200 historical photographs of their respective towns. Readers will find wonderful collections of rare photographs, many of which have never been published before, accompanied by informative, comprehensive captions.

All four books, and many other unique books and gifts of local interest, are available at the gift shop located at the Gen. David Humphreys House on 37 Elm Street. Arrangements can be made to mail the books anywhere in the USA. Call 735-1908, or e-mail us at: