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Of Recent and Earlier Interest

Want to Know What’s Going On at The Society? Visit our Blog:
Stamford History Real Time

Sketches by Whitman Bailey
Pictures from the Opening of “Digging up Stamford”
Call for Docents for our Hoyt Barnum Colonial Life Program, including anyone with Weaving and Spinning expertise

Pride and Patriotism: Stamford’s Role in WWII
has closed to make way for the next exhibit, but you may visit us Online.

The society plans to continue the World War II exhibit’s archives and oral history program as long as veterans are interested in participating. Those who still want to share their memories can call the society at (203) 329-1183 or e-mail to

The Nature Studies and Recreations of a Business Man

Don't miss last month's Brownstones on Bell Street, the first in a series of photoss taken prior to the late 1960s urban redevelopment of downtown Stamford. Courtesy The City of Stamford, Connecticut, Urban Redevelopment Commission.

Photo selection of the month, Brownstones on Bell Street

Whitman Bailey Sketches
Whitman Bailey Sketches Database Now Available for Viewing on Our Library Computer

Thanks to the work of our library volunteers, the sketches by Whitman Bailey have been collated and scanned and are available for viewing at the computer in the Marcus Research Library. They are in a searchable database, sorted by town and street.

From time to time, we will showcase selected sketches in our blog, Stamford History Real Time.

Richard Roberts at workArticle by the Stamford Times:
Richard Roberts tracks Stamford's lost graveyard
mapping forgotten local cemeteries for The Stamford Historical Society.
More on our Blog.

As of this writing. Richard Roberts has completed data on 34 graveyards surveyed. Photographs need to be scanned and a full electronic record of the graveyards created. Volunteers for the scanning and electronic recording will be needed. Anyone interested should contact Volunteer Coordinator Jane Flounders or call the Society at 203-329-1183.

in association with, click hereA BOOK ABOUT STAMFORD IN 1692:

The Society recently received a copy of Escaping Salem: The Other Witch Hunt of 1692 (New Narratives in American History, Oxford University Press) by Richard Godbeer, Professor of History at the University of Miami.

It discusses the events around the witch hunt of Elizabeth Clawson in 1692.

More information

Jane Flounder at the awards ceremonyMargaret BowenJane Flounders received the 2007
Virginia T. Davis, Stamford Historical Society Distinguished Service Award
at the Society’s Annual Meeting

Margaret Bowen Receives “Distinguished Advocate for Heritage” Award

The Society has received a 2006 Award of Merit from the Connecticut League of History Organizations for the 2005/6 Davenport Exhibit.

Kudos to all involved in making the exhibit happen!

in association with, click hereFOUNDERS’ DAY LECTURE 2006

Julian PadowiczLocal writer Julian Padowicz was the speaker at our Annual Founders Day event and gave an entertaining lecture. His recently published memoir, Mother and Me: Escape from Warsaw 1939 is a compelling narrative and ties in with our current exhibit, Pride and Patriotism: Stamford's Role in World War II.

Our sleuths are at work
A bicycle club in the 1880s

Electric Bus, early twentieth century, click here

Other Items of Interest

Welcome Home to Harold I. June on the occasion of his return from participation as co-pilot in the Byrd Antarctic Expedition, June 26, 1930
Sarah Frances Smith, 1986 Oral History Interview A Pioneer in Adult Education
Lost stories: Historic cemetery showing ravages of time (The Advocate)
Merrill Business College - 1892
Brochure from c. 1913: Dr. Givens' Sanitarium
[Charles H.] Crandall: The Farmer-Poet
Remembering Dr. Bernard O. Nemoitin, 1908-2004
History of Shippan, 1985
Condensed version of Stamford's History from 1641-1945
Papers of The League of Woman Voters of Stamford (Inventoried Collection IC13)
Biography of Schuyler Merritt (The Stamford Historian)
Education Spelled Freedom (Stamford Past & Present, 1641–1976)

Hoyt Barnum House - click here for virtual tourThe Hoyt Barnum House
is representative of the second American building period, post 1675.

Take a virtual tour
Hoyt-Barnum House to get a new roof
(The Advocate)

artifacts found at the dig - go here for the articleDown and dirty

Archaeological dig unearths artifacts from downtown's past. Hoyt Barnum House dig, August 2002.
(The Advocate)

pewter pendant depicting the Hoyt Barnum HouseMayor declared October 2, 2004 “Hoyt Barnum House Day”

This pewter pendant, depicting the Hoyt Barnum House and designed by whitesmith Jim Freebairn, may be purchased at the Society for $3. Approximately 1 3/8" in diameter, it can be used as a pendant or a holiday ornament.

Frank Zurzola - go here for article Class Ring After 65 Years!

At the Annual Meeting of the Society in July 2002, Frank Zurzola received his class ring from Stamford High School. (The Advocate)

Basement of the Old Town Hall - click here for storyFor the record books:
Stamford decides fate of old documents

(The Advocate)

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