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
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Charles S. Tatten Exhibit Opens on June 23, 2019 11 am to 2 pm: The Derby Historical Society will be unveiling a temporary exhibit of a member from the famed CT 29th Regiment. Items belonging to 1st Sergeant Charles S. Tatten will be on display, revealing memoirs and items belonging to this illustrious Civil War veteran. In this arrangement of artifacts, one can view original photographs, personal items, such as swords, horse equipment, and personal unpublished works penciled by this man. 1st Sergeant Tatten was assigned to the 29th Regiment in 1863 as Corporal, where he quickly became one of 8 officers of Company A. He resided in Ansonia for nearly 30 years after the Civil War where he was appointed as the first police officer of color for a period of 19 years. The crowning glory of this collection is an ode to the Great Emancipator, President Abraham Lincoln. Dr. John Pieffer, members of the Tatten Family and Lorie Vaccaro, Ansonia's 2nd Ward Alderman will be present at the event. A copy of Tatten’s handwritten Memorial Day memoir will be read aloud during the official opening, which is set for June 23, 2019, at the David Humphreys House at 37 Elm St, Ansonia, CT. Soft refreshments will be served. A $10 per person donation is appreciated to help support future exhibits. The exhibit is made possible, in part, with generous support from the Valley Community Foundation. Thanks to our sponsors, BAD SONS Brewery, Kinsmen Brewery, City of Ansonia, Valley Discount Wine and Liquor, Big Y and D & L Liquor Store and a very generous donor.
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
Yesterday's Headlines (Local History Program) July 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm: Thank you for joining us at Join us at "Yesterday's Headlines", where local Historian Rob Novak, Jr. took participants back to see what was happening locally 100, 75 and 50 years ago in the Valley. Rob is past director of the Derby Historical Society and the City of Shelton's Municipal Historian.
Derby Historical Society's Annual Silver Tea - Monday, July 8, 2019 at LaSala Banquet Hall in Derby: Our 29th Annual Silver Tea was held at the LaSala Banquet Hall in Derby from 2:00 to 4:30 pm on Monday, July 8th. Patty Carver wonderfully performed . Patriots of Liberty
CT Open House Day - June 8, 2019: 11 am to 2 pm at the David Humphreys House: Thanks to those who visited the DHH on the Connecticut Open House Day celebration on Saturday, June 8, from 11 am to 2 pm. Tours of the museum were available. This event was free to the public. Donations were greatly appreciated and help benefit the Derby Historical Society and our ability to provide future events of this type!
Fundraiser at Panera Bread, Derby, CT: Thank you to those who supported the Derby Historical Society on April 24, 2019 from 4 to 8 pm at the Panera Bread in Derby! We raised over $75 during this event.
Derby Historical Society participated in the Great Give on May 1st & 2nd 2019: We have some exciting news! The Derby Historical Society raised over $6,000 this year during the Great Give! Thank you to all our loyal supporters! This 36 hour on-line giving program supports local non profits reach their goals and continue with their important missions to their communities. We would like to acknowledge those who supported us: Richard Armstrong, Elsie Valeski, Dorothy Gleason, Marian O'Keefe, Elaine Brandon, Barbara Jean Garofalo, Paul Simpson, Mary Mycek, Nicole Cignoli, Jeffery Bradley, Albert Misiewicz, Jr., Robert Ahern, Elisa Uhrynowski, Randall and Beth Colette, Markanthony Izzo, Judith Augusta, Mr. Einar Gudjohnsen & Mrs. Jane Frey-Gudjohnsen, Mr. & Mrs. William C. Bassett and two anonymous donors!! You helped us surpass our goal of $5,000 and make this our best Great Give to date!!
Annual Membership Meeting, March 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm: The Derby Historical Society held our Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 24th from 2 to 4 pm at the First Congregational Church on Derby Avenue in Derby. 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. Marian O'Keefe, Emeritus Board Member of the DHS, gave a wonderful presentation on "The Real P.T. Barnum; Businessman, Museum Owner, Politician, and The Greatest Showman in the World" Refreshments were served at the conclusion of the event. You can still renew your membership by mail, 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 have any questions.
Derby Historical Society participated in the Community Awards Program at ION Bank: The 10th Annual Community Awards Program has ended. Thank you to those who voted for the DHS, your favorite non-profit, to help us earn grant money. The Community Awards Program allowed each Ion Bank customer to vote for their favorite non-profit organization to help the Ion Bank Foundation give away $60,000. We will receive a donation of $25 from the Ion Bank Foundation for every vote for our organization. Thanks again for those who voted for the Derby Historical Society! We are very excited about this giving program and hope you partnered with the Ion Bank Foundation to help the DHS! We received $325 through this program!!
Yesterday's Headlines (Local History Program) March 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm: Thanks to those who joined us at the co-sponsored event at the Derby Public Library on Elizabeth Street in Derby. During "Yesterday's Headlines", where local Historian Rob Novak, Jr. took participants back to 1919, 1944, and 1969 to see what what happening locally 100, 75 and 50 years ago in the Valley. Rob is past director of the Derby Historical Society and the City of Shelton's Municipal Historian.
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.
Recent Events and News
Annual 12th Night Celebration at the David Humphreys House, January 6, 2019 Thank you to all who joined us for our Annual 12th Night Celebration at the David Humphreys House on Sunday, January 6, 2019 from 12:30 pm to 4 pm. Tours of the historic house, samplings of some of the foods that were enjoyed in the 18th Century, and a wonderful Dickens Reading at 3 pm all took place during the event. Money raised will benefit our programs at the David Humphreys House. Thank you to our docents, board members, volunteers and 6th CT Regimen members for all of your hard work in making this event as great one!!
Christmas Fair and Cookie Walk at the David Humphreys House, December 15: What's better than home baked cookies at the Holidays?? Many visitors came to get their delicious baked items and purchase a unique, hand-crafted special gift for the holidays! Thanks for participating in our Christmas Fair and Cookie Walk at the David Humphreys House! Proceeds from this event will be used towards replacement of our A Day in 1762 docent costumes! Thank you to our docents and board members who donated their time and baked goods to this event!
Derby Historical Society's 28th Annual Appeal at La Sala Banquet Hall (Sons of Italy) in Derby on Monday, November 19th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm: Our Annual Appeal was held on Monday, November 19th at the La Sala Banquet Hall. With a donation of $45 or guests enjoyed a dinner, with stations of appetizers and chicken marsala, potatoes, salad and pasta. This year our entertainment portion of the program was An 18th Century Music Presentation by Gretchen Tucker, Soprano. For more information on Gretchen Tucker visit http://gretchentucker3.wixsite.com/soprano Our recipient of the Dr. John I. Howe Award was BHcare - Hope, Health, Recovery for their many years of service in the Valley. Thank you to the Valley Community Foundation for helping sponsor this event. Also, thank you to the David Humphreys Branch #1 of the SAR for presenting us with a Challenge Coin of David Humphreys and for the generous donation to our appeal. Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations who donated to our event. Donations can still be mailed to Derby Historical Society, 37 Elm Street, Ansonia, CT 06401. We truly appreciate your continued support in helping us keep our Society financially viable.
Open Hearth Cooking at the David Humphreys House, November 17: We are so thankful to those who joined us on November 17th from 1 pm to 4 pm for our Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations. Our guests enjoyed tours of the David Humphreys House and sampled seasonal offerings cooked over our Open Hearth. Thank you to our talented docents, volunteers and board members who helped at this event; Allegra, Alexis, Cyndi, Dawn, Elaine, Elisa, Jessica, Lorraine, Maria, Markanthony, Paula, Sandy, and Tara.
Yesterday's Headlines (Local History Program) November 13th at 6:30 pm: Many thanks to those who joined us at our co-sponsored event at the Derby Public Library on Elizabeth Street in Derby. During "Yesterday's Headlines", local Historian Rob Novak, Jr. took participants back to 1918, 1943, and 1968 to see what what happening locally 100, 75 and 50 years ago in the Valley. Rob is past director of the Derby Historical Society and the City of Shelton's Municipal Historian. There will be a series of talks taking place at the Library during 2019. Dates will be posted soon.
Open House and Elm Street Cemetery Walk, October 21st: Thank you to those who stopped in for a guided tour of the General David Humphreys House or a walk in the *Elm Street Cemetery on Sunday, October 21st. Tours took place from 1 to 4 pm. We had some first time visitors who absolutely loved their time spent at the DHH! Thank you to Lorraine, Jody, Sandy, Allegra and Alexis for helping out!!!
Derby Historical Society's Annual Silver Tea - Monday, July 9, 2018 at LaSala Banquet Hall in Derby: Our 28th Annual Silver Tea was held at the LaSala Banquet Hall in Derby from 2:00 to 4:30 pm on Monday, July 9th. Tammy D. R Williams portrayed Joan Jackson - An Unchained Love Story. This wonderful fundraising event helped the Derby Historical Society continue with our Educational Programming. To read more about Tammy visit http://hiddenwomen.org/website/ Thank you to those who supported this event!
CT OPEN HOUSE DAY - Saturday, June 9th from 11 am to 3 pm at the General David Humphreys House: Many came to 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. 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 were enjoyed by all. Your donations are greatly appreciated and will directly benefit the Derby Historical Society and our ability to provide future events of this type! Pictures are on our Facebook page Derby Historical Society
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 2nd & 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.