David Humphreys House -  Home of Derby Historical Society

Derby Historical Society
“Celebrating a Proud Past and a Promising Future”

Founded April 18, 1946, to serve the Naugatuck Valley towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, & Shelton

 Office: Sarah Riggs Humphreys House (gray house behind the Humphreys House)
37 Elm Street Ansonia, CT 06401
Telephone: (203)735-1908
General questions & research inquiries
: info@derbyhistorical.org

Office & Research Library Hours:  9 am - 2 pm, Mon. Tues. Weds. and 2:30 pm - 5 pm, Thurs. Fri. by appointment

Summer Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9 am to 1 pm

The Derby Historical Society is taking measures to ensure our visiting guests are safe. We have therefore certified our operations to be in compliance with the State of Connecticut's guidelines for reopening. Museums may open outdoor and indoor exhibits at 50% capacity in the current phase of reopening.

As Connecticut reopens its museums, the State wants to enable its citizens to continue to enjoy its rich cultural and historical heritage, as well as some quality time indoors and outdoors. Such activities must be undertaken only after prioritizing the health and safety of employees and consumers.

Museums inherently present lower risks of contagion. There is little touching, and density of visitors in any particular space is usually low and can be further limited. The set of rules we are following allows you to enjoy the state's cultural treasures.

We require that guests practice six-foot distancing measures, as well as utilize the proper face-covering while on the property of the Derby Historical Society and General David Humphreys House Museum.

Our signage ensures the following:

• Maximum occupancy of each exhibit area/room • Social distancing protocols • Cleaning and disinfection protocols • Personal protection protocols (face masks, gloves) for visitors and employees • Employees shall stay home if sick/experiencing symptoms • Customers shall not enter if they are experiencing symptoms

• Guests are required to bring & wear masks or cloth face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth unless doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety due to a medical condition.

• The Derby Historical Society will be taking the proper measures that ensure our guests are visiting a clean and disinfected space. All programming/exhibits will be outdoor only. Hand sanitizer will be available for our guests.

While protocols provide a way for us to reopen as safely as possible, risks to visitors and employees cannot be fully mitigated. Visitors who choose to come to the David Humphreys House museum during this time should be aware of potential risks. Individuals over the age of [65] or with other health conditions should not visit, but instead continue to shelter in place. The Derby Historical Society and General David Humphreys House Museum take these rules as the minimum baseline of precautions needed to protect public health in Connecticut.



 Tours of the Humphreys House - By Appointment - Currently Unavailable
Suggested Donation is $5 per person

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The Derby Historical Society is now accepting Pay Pal for donations, membership renewals, and event registration.

Your financial support is greatly appreciated and is very much needed to ensure that we are able to continue in our mission of preserving the Valley's history and culture.

When making your donation please specify on the donation form, in the section marked "Optional Note" , what your donation is supporting i.e. Membership, General Donation, or Event.


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Upcoming Events and

General David Humphreys House News

Work is underway at the David Humphreys House -  pictures and updates will be on our Facebook page Derby Historical Society


DHS AWARDED A MULTI-YEAR RESPONSIVE GRANT FROM THE VALLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION The Derby Historical Society has been awarded a multi-year Responsive Grant through the Valley Community Foundation's Responsive Grant making cycle, which is done with their' partner in philanthropy, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven (TCF).  Supporting donor advised funds from the Warichar Family Fund also helped make this $30,000 grant possible.  The grant will be paid out over a 3 year period and will provide general operating support to the Society to preserve, maintain and celebrate the rich history of the Naugatuck River Valley.  It will also allow us to present more programming and colonial demonstrations to the general public and grow our "A Day in 1762" program for Valley students and beyond!!  We look forward to the opportunity for growth and doing our part to Preserve Our Place in History!!

DHS RECEIVES $7,500 GRANT FROM THE PERSBACKER FAMILY FOUNDATION TOWARD FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF OUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING Derby Historical Society has received a generous $7,500 grant from the Persbacker Family Foundation toward further development of our educational programming at the David Humphreys House and Museum.  We are optimistic that we will be able to offer our A Day in 1762 program to more school students in CT and also add more programming on history of the American Revolution.  We anticipate offering our expanded programming during the 2019 and 2020 school years.

UPDATE ON MULTI-YEAR CAPACITY BUILDING GRANT FROM THE VALLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION  The Derby Historical Society has recently completed  a multi-year Capacity Building grant from the Valley Community Foundation which was used towards the restoration project at the General David Humphreys House & Museum.  This grant was paid out over a three year period and totaled $50,000.

DHS RECEIVED $20,000 GRANT FROM THE PERSBACKER FAMILY FOUNDATION TOWARD THE RESTORATION PROJECT OF THE GENERAL DAVID HUMPHREYS HOUSE & MUSEUM   The Derby Historical Society received a generous $20,000 grant from the Persbacker Family Foundation toward the restoration project at the General David Humphreys House & Museum.  The grant helped us to "Preserve Our Place in History".  The Persbacker Family Foundation also provided  us an opportunity to receive an additional $30,000 in matching funds.   We are pleased to say that we met the match!! Thanks to all the support of the community and individuals below!!! (some donors chose to remain anonymous)

We would like to thank the people listed below for their generous financial support towards the Restoration Project of the General David Humphreys House & Museum.

Thank you to:  The Persbacker Family Foundation, Brewster LaMacchia, Maurice J. Donini, Jean & Richard Widmark Foundation, Timothy P. Chaucher, Bernadette Norton, James Oram, Marian O'Keefe, John Cavallaro, Marion Aiello, Heather Barrett, Valley Community Foundation on behalf of Martha Dulla-Andrade, Elsie Valeski, Elaine Brandon, Valley Community Foundation on behalf of Beth Colette, Eugene & Addie Coppola, Judith Augusta, Renate Segrist, Marilyn Flynn, L. R & Janet Wade, Southern CT Dental Group,  Lucille & Joseph Palmucci, Timothy J. Riordan, Helen Ploski, Thomas Wells, Arlene Jachyra, Virginia Costigan, Jamie Cohen, Dorothy Gleason, Georgia Morgan, Mark Anthony Izzo, John J. Walsh, John N. Wilmot, Lee Schroeter, Carolyn Balusek, Jenkins-King Funeral Home, Henry & Sandra Jemioto, Janis & Walter Yakimovich, William & Stephanie Miller, William V. McDonnell, Jr., John Coporale, Myrtle Bartolotta, Raymond Mackowski, Robert Ahearn, Tifany Gherlone, a grant from the Sophie and Robert W. Rapp Family Fund at the Valley Community Foundation by the Fund's advisor, Jo-Anna Rapp Holden.  Also a grant from the Bassett Family Foundation at the Valley Community Foundation, A. John Rodriguez, Joseph Warichar, George A. Clark "In Memory of Doris & George Bush Clark", Mary Ann Micklus, Maurice Donini, James Oram, Paula & Merritt Clark, David Axelrod, Geoff & Annette Widomoski, Sally Paez, James & Patricia Oram, Kevin & Joan O'Mara, Myrtle Bartolotta, Synchrony Financial, an Anonymous Donor,  and a grant from UTC.



Your continued support of the DHS  helps us "Preserve Our Place in History"!     

DHS at the Memorial Day Parades:




Dave Loda promoting LTC David Humphreys, Derby Historical Society and the Dean Webb Museum encampment in Olde Wethersfield on Channel 3:

Older news and events have been moved to the DHS Archived News And Events page

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Initial funding was provided by the SNET Museums for the Millennium Project.

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Updated June, 2020