Saturday, November 18: Harvest House Tour 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Featuring Trumbull homes decorated for Thanksgiving.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events. For more details, see below or visit our Facebook page.
Saturday, October 21: Fall Hike at Old Mine Park. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet at Old Mine Park.
Saturday, October 28: History Ablaze! 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Our annual family event featuring a jack o' lantern contest, Connecticut ghost stories and refreshments.
Everyone loves PEZ, those little rectangular candies that pop out of the plastic stand-up figure. But did you know they have a rich international history? The candy was created in Austria as a way for people to stop smoking. Today PEZ are manufactured in Orange, CT and are in a class of their own. Come to the Historical Society on Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. to learn all about this fascinating cultural icon. Members $3; non-members $5. For information or to reserve a spot, call (203) 377-6620 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't miss out on this funny, enlightening and sometimes cringe-worthy presentation about the lives of children in colonial America. This presentation, by local author Velya Jancz-Urban, will be held at the Trumbull Library on Sunday, March 26 from 2-4 p.m. To register, visit: trumbullct-library.org/events
The Trumbull Historical Society will be offering a class in Zentangle© for teens and adults on Sunday, Feb. 5 from 2 - 4 p.m. Zentangle© is a way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It increases focus and creativity and no prior experience is required. Fee is $20 and all materials will be provided.
Instructor Jamie Johnson is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)©, with a PhD in art history and more than 10 years in museum education. Her blog can be seen at yankeetangler.blogspot.com.
Registration is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Email your name, phone number and number of registrants to: email@example.com. Questions? Call (203) 377-6620. The class fee will be payable on the day of the class. The Trumbull Historical Society is located at 1856 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull.
Join us on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1- 4 p.m. for music, refreshments, a holiday display and more! All are welcome. Come share some holiday cheer. For more information, call (203) 377-6620.
On Saturday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., tour five of Trumbull's most spectacular private homes all decked out for Thanksgiving. Then, meet back at the Trumbull Historical Society to enjoy refreshments. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 in advance for non-members, and $35 day-of. Tickets are available at Cityline Florist, Flourishes, Pure Poetry, Trumbull Town Clerk's office or purchase online here:
Join us on Saturday, October 29 for Trumbull's spookiest Halloween event. The field behind the Historical Society will be ablaze with dozens of jack o' lanterns, while our storytellers offer up true tales of Trumbull's haunted past. Inside, the haunted Historical Society will be alive with frights and festive treats. We welcome individuals, groups, Scouts, businesses, churches and other organizations to submit carved pumpkins for display, so start planning your designs now. Keep checking for more details.
Join us on Sunday, September 18 at 2 p.m. for a a presentation on the first "steamship."
In 1807, a brilliant, creative, and controversial American by the name of Robert Fulton declared his intent to build an experimental “steamboat,” which would be used to initiate a continuous passenger service between New York City and Albany, New York. With the success of his North River Steam Boat, Fulton showed that it was possible for a person to use an artificial power to alter both their location and the amount of time it took to change it. In so doing, he broke through an enormous psychological barrier that had existed in people’s minds; it was, in fact, possible to overcome Nature to practical effect.
It took a while for many people to accept Robert Fulton’s triumph as the truth.
One man who did not need to be convinced was a sloop captain named Moses Rogers. He had witnessed the first successful runs of the North River Steam Boat to Albany, and the experience gave him the fever—steamboat fever.
Moses soon became one of the first steamboat captains in history, taking command of one of Fulton’s first rivals, the Phoenix. In his newly-created profession, Moses learned not only the characteristics of this first high technology, but the peculiarities of a traveling public just getting used to a “new mode of transport.”
In the years immediately following Fulton’s success, running these steamboats on rivers, lakes and bays became a normal and accepted part of American life. But taking such a vessel on a voyage across the ocean was a different proposition altogether. Experienced mariners didn’t think it could be done. These early steamboats, they declared, were just too flimsy and unwieldy to withstand the dangers of the deep.
But Moses believed otherwise. Combining his knowledge of the old mode of transport (sail) with the new mode of transport (steam), he set out to design a vessel that was capable of overcoming the many perils of the sea. This craft would be not a “steamboat,” but a “steamship,” the first of its kind.
Author and historian John Laurence Busch will show how Captain Rogers created such a revolutionary vessel...nearly two centuries ago!
In addition, he will be signing copies of his book, "Steam Coffin," which will be for sale on the day of the event. For more information on the author, visit steamcoffin.com.