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

The office and the General David Humphreys House will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observation of Memorial Day.  Have a safe holiday!

Office & Research Library Hours:
Monday through Friday 1 pm to 4 pm  - David Humphreys House is open Monday through Friday 2 pm to 3:30 pm by appointment

*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*

 Tours of the Humphreys House and Derby Junction Train Display Monday through Friday from 2 pm - 3:30 pm - BY ADVANCE APPOINTMENT ONLY
Suggested Donation:
$5: adults
$3: seniors & students
Free: children under 8

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GENERAL DAVID HUMPHREYS HOUSE & MUSEUM RESTORATION NEWS

 WORK WILL BEGIN IN LATE MAY!

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"!  Donations will be matched 100% thanks to a generous matching grant opportunity from the Persbacker Family Foundation.  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, 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 and a grant from the Bassett Family Foundation at the Valley Community Foundation!

Upcoming Events  - 2016

Be sure to visit our Calendar Page often for Updates

CT OPEN HOUSE DAY - Saturday, June 11th from 10 am to 3 pm at the General David Humphreys House: Our Connecticut Open House Day celebration will be held at the General David Humphreys House on Saturday, June 11th from 10 am to 3 pm.  Visitors will be able to join in the offerings of tours of the museum and outside historic district, weather permitting.  There will be demonstrations of colonial crafts and skills, musket firing and drills by the 6th CT Regiment, and much more.  Our on-site building that houses "Derby Junction", which is a layout depicting the cities of Ansonia, Derby, and Shelton circa @1918, will again be open for viewing.   This wonderful layout was donated to us by Mr. Benjamin Bacon in 2001.  A colonial plant sale is planned and other items may be available for sale from the Historical Society.  The gift shop will be open.  Free Admission to this event -- donations are always appreciated.

Derby Historical Society's Annual Silver Tea - Monday, July 11, 2016 at Molto Bene Restaurant, 557 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia:  Our 26th Annual Silver Tea will be held on July 11th at Molto Bene Restaurant in Ansonia from 2:00-4:30 pm.  The speaker this year is Stephen Collins portraying Walt Whitman, "Unlaunch'd Voices - An Afternoon with Walt Whitman".  You can read more about the program at http://www.unlaunchedvoices.com/  Refreshments of tea sandwiches, baked goods, punch, coffee and tea will be served.  We will also have raffle tickets available for our many wonderful prizes.  Tickets for this event will be available after June 1st-- our price is still $25 per person.  We ask you that you purchase your tickets by July 6th - call 203-735-1908 or e-mail paula@derbyhistorical.org


Recent Events and News

 

The Derby Historical Society participated in the Great Give 2016 -  a 36 hour online giving event! 
Thank you for your support of the Derby Historical Society & The General David Humphreys House & Museum!  We are happy to report that we raised over $2,125.00.    We couldn't have done it without you!   Your dollars will help us with our operating costs, programming and keeping the rich history of the Valley alive!  Thank you to: Ginny Ellis, James Norton, James Cohen, Charles Seccombe, Mary Mycek, Markanthony Izzo, Elaine Brandon, Elsie Valeski, Cynthia Poppa, Barbara Jean Garofalo, Judith Augusta, Edward McCreery, Donald Woodworth, Jr., Albert Misiewicz, Dorothy Gleason, Randal Ritter, Beth Collette, Marian O'Keefe, Michael Hokanson, the Frey Hershey Foundation & an anonymous donor! 

CELEBRATE CT LIBATIONS - MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016 FROM 6 TO 9 PM AT THC THE HOPS COMPANY, DERBY, CT   Thank you to all who attended our fundraising event at THC The Hops Company, 77 Sodom Lane in Derby.  It was a night of CT Libations, delicious food, great music & fun all to benefit the Restoration Project at the David Humphreys House & Museum. We raised $4,440 during this event.  We are thrilled to report that the total  will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to a generous grant from the Persbacker Family Foundation!  Awesome news for our restoration!  A great big thank you goes out to Umberto Morale, owner of THC The Hops Company for donating his venue for our event!!!

Guests sampled craft beer from Two Roads Brewing Company, Black Hog Brewing & Stony Creek Brewing Company - all poured by representatives of the breweries.  There were also samples of wine from Jones Family Farms and Winery and Sunset Meadow Vineyards.  Ricky D's Rib Shack and Zuppardi's Appiza provided food for our patrons.  Much fun was had listening and dancing to great music from “Dead Fish for Christmas” and a book talk by CT’s Beer Snob, Will Siss, rounded out the night! Door prizes were provided by THC The Hops Company, Gouveia Vineyards, Jones Family Farms, Two Roads & Stony Creek Brewing Companies, and Will Siss for the drawings throughout the event.

As the cornerstone of the Derby Historical Society, the David Humphreys House serves as both a museum and as a hands-on classroom for our “Day in 1762” program; introducing school children to Derby’s Revolutionary War Hero, David Humphreys and the region’s colorful colonial past. As you can imagine, a 300-year-old house requires quite a bit of upkeep. We are currently in the process of raising $200,000 for a major restoration of the exterior of the building.

Did you know that back in 1657, Derby’s first permanent settler, Edward Wooster, was drawn to the Lower Naugatuck Valley on the quest of raising hops?  Cheers to a great time for a great cause!!

Derby Historical Society - Annual Meeting - February 28, 2016 (snow date is March 13th)  The Board of Directors of the Derby Historical Society appreciates your attendance at  our Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 2 pm to 4 pm.  The meeting began with a brief business portion to elect our Officers and Board of Directors followed by the presentation of awards. Next, was a quick update on our Restoration Project of the General David Humphreys House & Museum.   This year our speaker was Sal Coppola.  Sal just completed a 20 year effort in writing a book called “The Palace of Sweets” a part fiction, part non-fiction story from the 1960s to 80s, taking place at Vonetes in Derby.  It includes the Sponge Rubber and River Restaurant explosions, mixed in with a love story and story of a Derby bank attempted takeover.  Refreshments were served at the conclusion of the program.

We thank those who renewed their  membership. Your support is greatly appreciated and will continue to help us in our mission of preserving the Valley’s history and culture. Additionally, we received a few donations to our Restoration Project of The General David Humphreys House.   The total cost of the restoration is estimated to be $200,000.  We hope to raise $30,000 directly from the communities that it serves.  The General David Humphreys House is our link to the American Revolution.  It serves as our home base for many public events and our award winning “A Day in 1762”, a hands-on colonial history educational program for students in the Valley towns and beyond.   

Your financial support is the key in helping us reach our goal of $30,000.  We have received a generous grant from The Persbacker Family Foundation.  In addition to their initial grant award, they have agreed to match any funds we are able to secure through the Community and Public Support, dollar for dollar over the next two years.  We have also been awarded a multi-year Capacity Building grant towards our project from the Valley Community Foundation.  This grant will be paid to us in installments totaling $50,000 over the next three years. 

Please click here for your 2016 Membership Application 2016 Membership Application  ( the membership application that is on our Join Us page is obsolete - sorry for the inconvenience)

Thanks for your continued support of the Derby Historical Society and for your help to "Preserve Our Place in History"!     

Twelfth Night Celebration at the General David Humphreys House, Sunday, January 3,  2016 1 pm to 4 pm.  Thanks to all who joined us at the David Humphreys House to mark the end of the Christmas season with our  annual "Twelfth Night Celebration".   A special thank you to all our Docents and Board Members who volunteered at this great event, along with our DHS volunteers and members of the 6th CT Regimen!!  We are lucky to have such support!  We had mulled cider and a wonderful selection on our buffet.  Samples of some items which would have been served in this house during the American Revolution were prepared by our wonderful Docent staff along with some modern day baked goods. Demonstrations of open hearth cooking took place during this event.  Tours of our 17th century house with our knowledgeable, costumed docents were also enjoyed by many.   Members of the 6th CT Regimen joined us on this special day.   Our special guest, Lieutenant Colonel Humphreys, was also in attendance.  Monies raised help support our Restoration Project and will be matched 100% thanks to a generous matching funds opportunity from the Persbacker Foundation.

Christmas Fair & Cookie Walk, Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 11 am to 2 pm at the General David Humphreys House    Thanks for joining for a cup of hot cider at our Annual Christmas Fair at the David Humphreys House.  Many visited our gift shop to find that unique gift.  We have toys, local history books, water color prints, soy candles, historical calendars and an exclusive DHH ornament.  Handmade items were available for purchase from our talented Docents.  Cookies from our Cookie Walk were a big seller!  Free Admission to this Event.  Donations were greatly appreciated and will be used towards the Restoration Project at the David Humphreys House.  (All donations will be matched 100%)

Derby Historical Society's 25th Annual Appeal Reception was held on  Monday, November 16, 2015, 5 pm to 7 pm at Molto Bene in Ansonia  Thank you to all who attended and supported this event.  Martha Dulla-Andrade  received the DHS John I. Howe Award for her service to the community.  Our speaker was Carolyn Ivanoff, DHS Board Member who presented on The Hulls of Derby.  Our Facebook page will be updated with pictures and articles about this successful on this event!  Derby Historical Society   Your support is greatly appreciated - you can still send in donations to support the DHS!!  Please e-mail or call the office 203-735-1908 or e-mail us at  info@derbyhistorical.org  The link below is to Carolyn's article from CT Explored  The Hulls Of Derby: Different Trajectories In War Of 1812;   http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/courant-250/moments-in-history/hc-250-isaac-hull-0511-20140510,0,3221518,full.story 

Open Hearth Cooking, Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the General David Humphreys House -    Please join us for one of our most favorite Fall events!  Enjoy demonstrations by our talented docents of Open Hearth Cooking.  Seasonal favorites will be prepared over our roaring fire.  Tours of the Humphreys House are available.  Our gift shop will be stocked and ready for your shopping needs.  Pick up a book on local history or an old fashioned toy for your favorite youngster *no batteries required*.    We also have soy candles, natural soaps, and historical calendars all made locally in Ansonia and Derby.  Refreshments will be served.  Cost $5 per person.

Derby Historical Society's Annual Silver Tea - Monday, July 13, 2015 at Molto Bene Restaurant, Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia - SAVE THE DATE:  Our 25th Annual Silver Tea was held on July 13, 2015 at Molto Bene Restaurant in Ansonia from 2:00-4:30 pm.  Thank you to all who attended and supported this wonderful event!  It was a great success fro the Derby Historical Society.  Our speaker was Sheryl Faye, of Sheryl Faye presents Historical Women (www.sherylfaye.com).  Sheryl portrayed Helen Keller - Champion of the Disabled - written from Helen's mind eye.  Ms. Faye re-enacted Helen's full life from her childhood through her discovery of language when she was seven years old, through college, and the writing of her twelve books.  She showed the audience how Helen spoke and read in Braille.  She inspired us to be the best we can be with the talents we possess. 

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.  We will be launching a Restoration Campaign in the very near future, reaching out to our Community to support us in our efforts to "Preserve Our Place in History".  More information to follow on this exciting venture!!

Connecticut Open House Day - June 13, 2015 at the General David Humphreys House:  Our Connecticut Open House Day celebration at the General David Humphreys House was Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 12 pm to 4 pm.  Many visitors took of the museum and historic district, watched demonstrations of colonial crafts and skills, and much more.  We opened our newest addition, an on-site building that houses "Derby Junction", which is a layout depicting the cities of Ansonia, Derby, and Shelton circa @1918.  This wonderful layout was donated to us by Mr. Benjamin Bacon in 2001.  Thanks to our Docents, Board Members & Volunteers who helped us make this day a success!  Special thanks to the 6th CT for spending the day with us and their demonstrations of musket firing.

The Derby Historical Society participated in the Great Give 2015  a 36 hour online giving event! 
Thank you for your support of the Derby Historical Society & The General David Humphreys House & Museum during the Great Give 2015!  We raised over $4,000 in donations!   We couldn't have done it without you!  We would like to thank our donors:  Cyndi Poppa, James E. Cohen, Mary J. Mycek, Janis Yakimovich, Elsie Valeski, Barbara Jean Garofalo, The Conklin-Sherman Company, Judith Augusta, Maria Douglas, Brewster LaMacchia, Elaine Brandon, Jody Bishel, Lee Berchem, Mia DiStasi, Melissa Chop, Tim Dillon, Carolyn Ivanoff, Randy Ritter, Paul Simpson, Kevin Henri, Duane Beck, Michael Ryan, Marian O'Keefe, Michael Hokanson, Paula Norton, Sandy Mendyk, Lorraine Adinolfi, John J. Walsh, Christine Conroy, Albert Misiewicz, George Norton & The Frey Hershey Foundation!  They, along with 2 anonymous donors helped us truly make it a "Great Give"!!

DHS Annual Meeting, March 8, 2015   The Derby Historical Society held our Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 8th at 2 pm at the First Congregational Church, 137 Derby Avenue, Derby.  The meeting began with a brief business portion to elect our new Officers and Board of Directors and the presentation of awards.  Society Building Committee Chair, Albert Misiewicz, Jr., & Project Manager, John Poole, gave a presentation on our Restoration Project of the General David Humphreys House & Museum.  Mason Lord, of Hudson Valley Preservation, the firm that completed a conditions assessment of the Humphreys House, joined them m in the presentation.  They discussed the project and proposed plan of action and entertained questions regarding the project.  Refreshments were served at the conclusion of the program.  Membership renewals can still be sent to Derby Historical Society, 37 Elm Street, Ansonia, CT  06401.  We encourage you to renew your membership to continue to help us in our mission to preserve the Valley's history and culture.  Thank you for you support!!

Twelfth Night Celebration at the General David Humphreys House, Sunday, January 11, 2015 1 pm to 4 pm.   Thanks to all who joined us for our Twelfth Night Celebration to mark the end of the Christmas Season.  This event featured tours of our 17th century house by costumed docents.   We had such a wonderful turnout!  Many guests enjoyed samples of the delicious items that were prepared by our talented docents over the open hearth.  Thank you to all who helped to make this a very successful and memorable afternoon.   Please check out our Facebook page to see photos from this event. Derby Historical Society

 

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

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