Saturday, April 19, 2008

Antique Children's Chairs Subject of Upcoming Talk

"Little Chairs for Little Buns"
Arthur Liverant of Nathan Liverant & Son will give a presentation on antique children's chairs on Tuesday May 6, 2008 at the East Hampton Center School. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Please take this opportunity to support the Chatham Historical Society's efforts to offer high quality, history-related programs presented by experts in their field.

About Nathan Liverant & Son
Arthur Liverant is the third generation to operate Nathan Liverant & Sons, an antique shop located in Colchester CT. Liverant and his family have been actively dealing in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century American furniture, paintings, silver, glass and related accessories since 1920. Mr. Liverant's regularly lectures at historical society meetings, antique shows, and in his shop. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Antique Dealers Association of America.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Visiting the Chatham Historical Society's Museum Complex

A Place for History... A History of Place
The Chatham Historical Society's museum complex is open to the public on the first Sunday of each month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by special arrangement. The complex features the 1840 one-room schoolhouse (pictured above) and a newly constructed museum which opened in June 2006. Our museum complex is the consequence of donations, grants, membership dues, and local volunteerism.

About the School House
The one-room school house was previously located on Chestnut Hill and was one of a series of "district" -- or close-to-home schools -- which dotted our town's map during the 1800's, and which preceded the days of road transportation as we now know it. The Chestnut Hill schoolhouse was donated to Society by Joseph and Ann Terp Walters, dismantled in 1980, then moved and reconstructed on a half-acre Bevin Boulevard parcel donated by the family of Chauncey Bevin in 1965.

Hope to See You Soon
Mark your calendars for an every first Sunday tour of our museum complex. Our displays feature an extensive bell collection, mainly from Bevin Bell Company; a large toy collection from the two companies that operated in East Hampton in the 1930's and 40's; artifacts from the once prospering shipbuilding industry of Middle Haddam; and many other notable items that convey our town's history.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Society Announces Town-Wide Tag Sale

It's All About History
June 14th is Flag Day, the day we commemorate the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as our nation's flag. Saturday June 14, 2008 also happens to be the day on which the Chatham Historical Society will sponsor its 3rd Annual Town-wide Tag Sale. What better way to mark national history than to participate in an event that helps fund the Society's ongoing efforts to preserve local history?

Be a Seller: How to Participate
If you would like to participate as a seller and have your tag sale location listed on our master tag sale map, all that's required is a $15 tax-deductible donation check made payable to the Chatham Historical Society.

Application forms are available at the East Hampton Public Library, Town Clerk's office, and from Society members. Application forms must be received by June 1st. Application forms also include information about rain date options.

Be a Shopper: How to Participate
The Society will make free tag sale maps available to shoppers from a variety of locations throughout town. If you happen to find that special something in your town-wide tag sale travels, we hope you'll consider visiting our Museum and learning more about our efforts.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Welcome to the Chatham Historical Society's Blog

A New Way to Learn About Your Community's History
Welcome! The Chatham Historical Society was established in 1963 and is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and sharing knowledge about our community's extraordinarily rich but not always evident history.

Our blog intends to provide information to the public about the Chatham Historical Society's activities and programs and the changing content of exhibits on display in the Society's 1840 one- room school house and newly opened museum, both located on Bevin Boulevard.

We hope you enjoy your blog experience and we look forward to keeping you informed about great ways to connect to the history of the land beneath our feet. We welcome your comments and suggestions.