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
General questions & research inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office & Research Library Hours: Monday thru Friday from 1 to 4 pm thru June 30th Summer Hours - Monday thru Friday 9 am to 12 pm
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of the Humphreys House - please call for appointment
$3: seniors & students
Free: children under 8
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Be sure to check back often for additions to our 2018 Calendar of Events!!!
CT OPEN HOUSE DAY - Saturday, June 9th from 11 am to 3 pm at the General David Humphreys House: Please come visit us on the Connecticut Open House Day celebration at the General David Humphreys House on Saturday, June 9, from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be tours of the museum and outside historic district, demonstrations of colonial crafts and skills, musket firing and drills by the 6th CT Regiment, and much more. Your donations are greatly appreciated and will directly benefit the Derby Historical Society and our ability to provide future events of this type! Pictures will be posted on our Facebook page Derby Historical Society
Second Thursdays Tour of the David Humphreys House, June 14th: Join DHS Board Member, Dan Bosques, for a guided tour of the General David Humphreys House on Thursday, June 14th. The tour begins promptly at 5:30 pm and will be about an hour in length. Dan is a passionate about the history of the colonial period. Cost $5 per person
Derby Historical Society's Annual Silver Tea - Monday, July 9, 2018 at LaSala Banquet Hall in Derby: Our 28th Annual Silver Tea will be held at the LaSala Banquet Hall in Derby from 2:00 to 4:30 pm on Monday, July 9th. Tammy D. R Williams will portray Joan Jackson - An Unchained Love Story. This wonderful fundraising event help the Derby Historical Society continue with our Educational Programming. To read more about Tammy visit http://hiddenwomen.org/website/ Tickets are on sale until July 3rd. Price is $30 per person. Call 203-735-1908 or email email@example.com
Second Saturday Tour of the David Humphreys House, July 14th: Stop in for a guided tour of the General David Humphreys House on Saturday, July 14th. We will be open from 11 am to 2 pm, last tour will be at 1:30 pm. Cost $5 per person
GENERAL DAVID HUMPHREYS HOUSE & MUSEUM RESTORATION 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 CAPACITY BUILDING GRANT FROM THE VALLEY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION The Derby Historical Society has been awarded a multi-year Capacity Building grant from the Valley Community Foundation to be used towards the restoration project at the General David Humphreys House & Museum. This grant will be paid out over the next three years, totaling $50,000.
DHS RECEIVES $20,000 GRANT FROM THE PERSBACKER FAMILY FOUNDATION TOWARD THE RESTORATION PROJECT OF THE GENERAL DAVID HUMPHREYS HOUSE & MUSEUM The Derby Historical Society has received a generous $20,000 grant from the Persbacker Family Foundation toward the restoration project at the General David Humphreys House & Museum. The grant will help us to "Preserve Our Place in History". The Persbacker Family Foundation has also given us an opportunity to receive an additional $30,000 in matching funds. Our Restoration Campaign is underway and we are happy to announce that we have reached our match of $30,000!!! Please continue to support us in our efforts to "Preserve Our Place in History".
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. Please consider making a donation to this important project and help us to "Preserve Our Place in History"!
Please send your donations to Derby Historical Society 37 Elm Street, Ansonia, CT 06401
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.
Recent Events and News
Derby Historical Society's 27th Annual Appeal was held at La Sala Banquet Hall (Sons of Italy) in Derby on Monday, November 20th from 5:00 - 7:30 pm: Our Annual Appeal was held on Monday, November 20th at the La Sala Banquet Hall. Tickets were $45 per person. There was a dinner, with stations of appetizers and chicken marsala, potatoes, salad and pasta. The speaker was Dr. Richard Ross, professor Emeritus and former college Librarian at Trinity College who gave a presentation on his book "Before Salem: Witch Hunting in the CT River Valley 1647-1663. The recipient of our Dr. John I. Howe Award is Diane Stroman. Donations can be mailed to Derby Historical Society, 37 Elm Street, Ansonia, CT 06401 Thank you for your continued support in helping us keep our Society financially viable. Visit our Facebook page for more updates Derby Historical Society
Derby Historical Society's Annual Silver Tea - Monday, July 10, 2017 at LaSala Banquet Hall in Derby: Our 27th Annual Silver Tea was held at the LaSala Banquet Hall in Derby from 2:00 to 4:30 pm on Monday, July 10th. Sheryl Faye portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt "The First Lady of the World" at this wonderful fundraising event. You can read more about Sheryl Faye by visiting her website http://www.sherylfaye.com/ The event was very well attended - thank you to all of our supporters! Thank you to our sponsors for your support of this event -- we couldn't do it without your help!
CT OPEN HOUSE DAY - Saturday, June 10th from 10 am to 3 pm at the General David Humphreys House: Thank you for visiting us on the Connecticut Open House Day celebration which was held at the General David Humphreys House on Saturday, June 10th from 10 am to 3 pm. There were tours of the museum and outside historic district, demonstrations of colonial crafts and skills, musket firing and drills by the 6th CT Regiment, and much more. Your donations are greatly appreciated and will directly benefit the Derby Historical Society and our ability to provide future events of this type! Pictures will be posted on our Facebook page in the next few days. Derby Historical Society
The Great Give 2017: Thank you to all who donated during the Great Give on May 2n & 3rd. This 36 hour, online giving event helped the Derby Historical Society secure over $2,150.00 in donations! Thank you to the Frey Hershey Foundation, Richard Armstrong, Mary Mycek, Marian O'Keefe, Cynthia Poppa, Patricia Ellis, Elaine Brandon, Barbara Jean Garofalo, Elisa Uhrynowski, Elise Valeski, Albert Misiewicz, Jr., Paul Simpson, Randal Ritter, Dorothy Gleason, Judith Augusta and John Poole for donating! Also, thanks to the CFGNH & VCF for their donations! We couldn't do it without your support!
Celebrate CT Libations - Round 2, Monday, April 24: Thank you to all who attended and supported our fundraiser for the Restoration Project at the General David Humphreys House & Museum on Monday, April 24th from 6 pm to 9 pm. The event was held at THC The Hops Company in Derby. Samples and tasting of beers/cider from several CT Breweries and great music from "Dead Fish For Christmas" were enjoyed by all. Thanks to Two Roads Brewing Company, Thimble Island Brewing Company, Stony Creek Beer, No Worries Brewing Co, Shebeen Brewing Company & New England Cider Company for supporting us and pouring for our guests, and supplying some wonderful door prizes. Thank you to Umberto at THC for donating the facility for the evening and to Nina for all of her help with the event. Thank you to the Valley Community Foundation for sponsoring us again this year. Thanks to Zuppardi's Apizza for the delicious food and gift certificate for our door prize drawing. Thank you to Paul Flynn for providing wine for door prizes. Thank you to Gouveia Vineyards and Jones Family Winery for the prizes also! Last but certainly not least, thank you to the Persbacker Family Foundation for matching the funds, over $4,000, that were raised during this event.
Derby Historical Society Annual Meeting, Sunday, March 26: The Derby Historical Society held our Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 26th from 2 to 4 pm at the Ansonia Fire Museum on Howard Avenue in Ansonia. The meeting began with a brief business meeting and an update of the Society and Restoration Project of the General David Humphreys House. Election of Officers and Board Members followed. Guests enjoyed a tour of the Fire Museum by volunteers from the organization. Refreshments were served at the conclusion of the event. Thank you to those who made this meeting happen and extra thanks to the Ansonia Fire Museum! New memberships and renewals can be mailed to with your check made payable to Derby Historical Society, 37 Elm Street, Ansonia, CT 06401. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a form.