Founded April 18, 1946, to serve the Naugatuck Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, & Shelton
“Celebrating a Proud Past and a Promising Future”
David Humphreys House - Home of Derby Historical Society
Office & Research Library Hours: Monday - Friday, 1pm - 4pm September thru June 26th, Summer Hours 9am - 12pm, June 27th - thru Labor Day
*PLEASE E-MAIL OR CALL AHEAD WITH SPECIFIC RESEARCH QUESTIONS/REQUESTS - WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO HELP YOU IF YOU ARRIVE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE*
Guided Tours of the David Humphreys House - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY unless otherwise noted. Donation: $5/adults, $3/seniors & students, Free/children under 8
Office: Sarah Riggs Humphreys House,
37 Elm Street Ansonia, CT 06401
Telephone: (203)735-1908 General questions & research inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Children's Christmas Fair, Saturday, December 7th, 10 am to 4 pm - All proceeds from this event go to our Children's Programs - Admission is FREE
Please join us for a cup of hot cider at our annual "Christmas Fair" at the David Humphreys House. Docents will be giving free tours of the historic house. New this year: ribbon bookmarks and four separate children's workshops - potpourri sachets, paperclip and bead angel necklaces, lemon pomanders, and cinnamon ornaments. Kits for each will be sold from $1.00 and up, instructions will be included. Items are suitable for stocking stuffers and grandparent gifts.
While at the David Humphreys House, why not visit our gift shop to find that unique gift. We have toys, books on local history, watercolor prints of Derby's Yesteryear, and and exclusive DHH ornament. In addition to the many items at the gift shop, there will be handmade doll clothes made to fit "18" dolls, such as American Girl.
Purchase home-made Christmas cookies during our bake sale to save time on baking. Purchase cookies individually or by the tray. Parking is available in the lot behind the David Humphreys House or on the street. Enter thru the front door of the DHH.
Job Posting - Part-time Seasonal Docents
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Job Title: P/T Seasonal Docent
Responsibilities: 18th Century costumed docents provide tours of the David Humphreys House to visitors and teach school programs. School programs include workshops on open hearth cooking, spinning and weaving.
Skills Required: Excellent communication skills, outgoing and enjoys working with the public, ability to stand for 4 - 4.5 hours, and be able to lift 20lbs. Paid training and costumes provided
Sunday Tours of the David Humphreys House: 1 pm to 4 pm - check our
calendar for upcoming dates
Tour the birthplace of David Humphreys, Revolutionary War officer, friend of George Washington and later our nation's first ambassador. Looking for the perfect gift for an out-of-town visitor, teacher or colleague? Peruse our gift shop stocked with local books, prints, and toys from a time long ago. Cost: $5/adults, $3/senior & children 8-16, FREE/children under 8. Please stop in for a visit!!
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Recent Events and News
Derby Historical Society's Annual Appeal, Monday, November 25th, Grassy Hill Lodge, Derby 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
The Derby Historical Society Annual Appeal Reception took place on Monday, November 25th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Grassy Hill Lodge in Derby. Local caterer and community leader, Dave Grant, Sr. was honored with the John Ireland Howe Award. The program speaker was Derby Historical Society Board Member, John Poole, who presented "Historic House Archaeology: Mysteries of the Hawkins and Mansfield Homesteads". If you haven't yet made your donation there is still time to so. Your generous donations allow us to continue preserving history and providing the programs at the David Humphrey House & Museum. Additionally, we are working to complete our Derby Junction, train exhibit. If you aren't a yet a member, please consider making a donation to our Society and/or joining. Donations can be sent to Derby Historical Society, 37 Elm Street, Ansonia, CT 06401 or you can call the office at 203-735-1908 for more information.
Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration, Saturday November 16th at The David Humphreys House
Thank you for attending our " A Taste of the Past" event on Saturday, November 16th from 1pm to 4 pm. This event was held Annual Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration, due to the ongoing renovations at the David Humphreys House. Samplings of traditional holiday and seasonal favorites were enjoyed by our visitors. The menu included baked ham, brunswick stew, mashed potatoes, cranberry relish, quaking pudding and pumpkin pie. There were also tours of the museum, demonstrations of cooking procedures and colonial tasks by our Docents and Jr. Docents. Cost: $5/adults, $3 senior citizens & children up to age 12.
Derby Historical Society's Legends by Lantern Tours, October 18th & 19th
The Derby Historical Society held our Legends by Lantern Tours on October 18th & 19th. The production this year was "The Revolutionary Robbery of 1780" and took place on the Derby Greenway. Tours were held on Friday at 6:30 pm & 8:00 pm, and Saturday at 6:30 pm. Thank you to all who were involved in helping us with this event. We have received many rave reviews and have been asked to have this once again be an annual event. Thank you for your support of The Derby Historical Society!!
Derby Historical Society's Twenty-third Annual Silver Tea, Monday, July 8th at Molto Bene
Our twenty-third Annual Silver Tea was held at Molto Bene (formerly JJ Sullivans), 557 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia. Our guest speaker, Elizabeth Keckly presented "A Letter to Frederick", portrayed by Tammy Denease. You can visit Tammy's website at www.historicalfirsts.org Refreshments were served. Many attendees participated in our Raffle & door prizes were also awarded. Thanks for your support!
CT Open House Day, Saturday, June 8th, at the General David Humphreys House
What a great turnout at CT Open House Day at the General David Humphreys House on Saturday, June 8th. Tours of both the inside of the Humphreys House and outside tours of the Historic Elm Street District were enjoyed by many visitors, courtesy of our knowledgeable, costumed docents. Our display of antique tools from the Society's collection was also well received. This display will be available for viewing during the summer months. Many visitors also commented on our newest museum collection, a wonderful addition of a portrait of Commodore Isaac Hull. Colonial activities and demonstrations were held thought the day. Thank you for supporting the Derby Historical Society thru your generous donations and purchases at our unique gift shop. Also, a special thank to all those who volunteered and helped to make this event a success.
Commodore Isaac Hull Portrait Dedication, Sunday, May 19th at the General David Humphreys House
On Sunday, May 19th, we announced the wonderful addition of a portrait of Commodore Isaac Hull (ca 1798-1804) to the Society's museum collection. A brief dedication ceremony took place at 1:30 pm. The event was well attended. We appreciate your continued support of the Society.
Derby Historical Society's Annual Meeting, Sunday, February 24, 2013 at First Congregational Church, Derby
Click on the link to read and see photos from our Annual Meeting: http://naugatuckvalley.blogspot.com/2013/02/civil-war-hero-addresses-derby.html Our Annual Meeting was held on Sunday, February 24th at the First Congregational Church in Derby. The afternoon began with a brief business meeting to elect our New Officers and Board of Directors, followed by presentations of the David Humphreys Service Award and the Dorothy Larson Award. Our guest speaker was James Connery, Jr., as Colonel Wooster. The Colonel discussed his experiences during the Civil War. Jim is a licensed Gettysburg Battlefield Guide. Refreshments were served at the conclusion of the program. Please send your membership renewal to either Derby Historical Society, 37 Elm Street, Ansonia, CT 06401 or Derby Historical Society, PO Box 331, Derby, CT 06418, if you have not already done so. Thank you for your continued support of the Society.
Derby Historical Society's Twelfth Night was held on January 6, 2013 Many people inquired about the recipes for the meals that we had at our Twelfth Night event on January 6th, so we decided to share the recipes online. We do not claim ownership of these recipes and provided our sources below each recipe. Please click on the link to view the recipes - Enjoy!! Twelfth Night Recipes
New Fund at Valley Community Foundation Will Restore Veterans Memorial Plaques
Julia Baldini, Former Executive Director of the Derby Historical Society, James Dellavolpe, Mayor of Ansonia, Jamie Cohen, President of the Valley Community Foundation, Congresswoman Rosa DeLuaro and Congressman Chris Murphy
January 12, 2012 - The Valley Community Foundation (VCF) announces that the Derby Historical Society and VCF in collaboration with the Mayors of Ansonia, Derby and Shelton have created a new fund to restore veterans memorial plaques that were stolen from local Valley communities in 2011. The Fund will be known as the Veterans Memorial Plaques Restoration Fund and gifts up to a total of $6,000 will be matched through a $5,000 grant from unrestricted funds from VCF and a $1,000 contribution from the Cohen-DeToro Charitable Fund. Gifts may be made online at www.valleyfoundation.org or by check and mailed to the Valley Community Foundation at 253-A Elizabeth Street, Derby, Connecticut, 06418. For more information, call the Valley Community Foundation at (203)751-9162.
On Saturday, October 1, 2011 the Derby Historical Society presented a Civil War Living History Reenactment by Company F, 14th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry on the grounds of the Derby Historical Society at 37 Elm Street, Ansonia, CT from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Click here to see photos of the day. You can also play the video below and check out more videos like it by clicking on the links below the video.
Collections Catalog On-line
The Collection Catalog service will no longer be available. Please check back periodically as we may once again offer this service in the future.
Our pewter ornament returns!
Visit the Humphreys House Gift Shop!
We are selling hand-made American Girl-sized clothes from all eras!
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