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
The office and the DHH will be closed on April 13th & 14th!
*PLEASE E-MAIL OR CALL AHEAD WITH SPECIFIC RESEARCH QUESTIONS/REQUESTS
WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HELP YOU IF YOU ARRIVE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE*
of the Humphreys House - Monday through Friday from 1 to 3:30
pm by advance appointment please
$3: seniors & students
Free: children under 8
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Be sure to check back soon for additions to our 2017 Calendar of Events!!!
Celebrate CT Libations - Round 2, Monday, April 24: GET YOUR TICKETS!!!! The Derby Historical Society is having a fundraiser for the Restoration Project at the General David Humphreys House & Museum on Monday, April 24th from 6 pm to 9 pm. The event is being held at THC The Hops Company in Derby. This is our second year for this Wonderful Event. There will be sampling/tasting of beers/cider from several CT Breweries and great music from "Dead Fish For Christmas". Ticket price is $30 and you will receive free sampling/tasting of several CT Beers/Cider, a $7 voucher for your first beer or wine from the bar, a $5 voucher for food, and entry into the door prize drawings. Tickets will be on sale starting March 6th at the Derby Historical Office. So far we have Two Roads Brewing Company, Thimble Island Brewing Company, Stony Creek Beer, Shebeen Brewing Company & New England Cider Company coming to pour samples -- more breweries are being added so check back for more details! Please e-mail us at email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to reserve your tickets!! YOU CAN ALSO MAIL YOUR CHECK TO DERBY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 37 ELM STREET, ANSONIA, CT 06401 BEFORE APRIL 20TH! Thanks for your support -- we are hoping to have a Fantastic Event again this year!!
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 $15,000 towards 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"! 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, 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, Synchrony Financial and a grant from UTC.
Recent Events and News
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.
Annual 12th Night Celebration at the David Humphreys House, January 8, 2017 Thanks to all who joined us for our Annual 12th Night Celebration at the David Humphreys House on Sunday, January 8, 2017 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 took place during the event. We raised over $300 in proceeds to benefit our Restoration Project and A Day in 1762 Program. We hope that you enjoyed our celebration!! Pictures from the event can be found by clicking the link to our Facebook page Derby Historical Society
Christmas Fair and Cookie Walk at the David Humphreys House, December 17 Due to the weather this event was postponed until December 18th! Thank you to those who joined us for our Christmas Fair and Cookie Walk at the David Humphreys House from 10 am - 1:30 pm. Many trays of home-made cookies at a great price of $5 for 18 cookies (1.5 dozen), were purchased at this event. Unique, hand-made gifts were purchased from our talented docents as well as books, toys, and other items from our Gift Shop. This event will benefited our Education Programs.
Open Hearth Cooking at the David Humphreys House, November 19: Thanks to those who joined us for on November 19th from 1 pm to 4 pm for our Open Hearth Cooking Demonstrations. Tours of the David Humphreys House were conducted. Guests enjoyed some fine samplings of Apple Charlotte, Peas Porridge, Carrot Pudding, Cranberry Relish, Apples and Onions, Butternut Squash Bisque, and Cornbread, along with refreshing Apple Cider. This event benefited our Restoration Project and A Day in 1762 Program. Thank you for bringing your family and friends to enjoy "A Taste of the Past".
Derby Historical Society's 26th Annual Appeal is being held at La Sala Banquet Hall (Sons of Italy) in Derby on Monday, November 14th from 5:00 - 7:30 pm: Thank you to those who attended our Annual Appeal Event. Our speaker was Dr. Brian Jones, State Archaeologist who discussed his preliminary findings at the dig at the DHH in June. Roy W. Tidmarsh was our Dr. John I. Howe Award recipient, posthumously. Roy's brother, Fred and some family members were there to receive the award. You can still make a donation to our Annual Appeal which helps the Derby Historical Society to meet our expenses and provide the services that are so important to our community. Donations can be mailed to Derby Historical Society, 37 Elm Street, Ansonia, CT 06401 Thank you for your continued support!!
Tours of the David Humphreys House & Elm Street Graveyard Walks, October 23rd: Thanks to those who made this a very well attended event on October 23rd from 2 pm to 5 pm for tours of the David Humphreys House and Elm Street Graveyard Walks. We raised $100 towards our Restoration Project of the David Humphreys House & Museum, which will be 100 % matched by the Persbacker Foundation. Additionally, we also raised $85 dollars in donations and $60 in our gift shop to benefit future programming at the DHH.
Derby Historical Society's Annual Silver Tea - Monday, July 11, 2016 at Molto Bene Restaurant, 557 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia: Our 26th Annual Silver Tea was held on July 11th at Molto Bene Restaurant in Ansonia from 2:00-4:30 pm. Stephen Collins portraying Walt Whitman, "Unlaunch'd Voices - An Afternoon with Walt Whitman", was our speaker. You can read more about the program at http://www.unlaunchedvoices.com/ Refreshments of tea sandwiches, baked goods, punch, coffee and tea were served. Our raffle was very successful and many wonderful prizes were won. Thank you for your support of this wonderful event!!