Meriden Past to Present with Justin Piccirillo

Delve into the lesser known stories of Meriden’s past, guided by Justin Piccirillo. Whether you’re a history buff or simply curious about the roots of our town, this 8-week series promises to ignite your curiosity and deepen your connection to Meriden’s heritage. We meet every Tuesday beginning June 18th at 6:30 here at the Museum.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to unravel the layers of history that lie beneath our streets and buildings. You may register for the entire series for $99 or for individual lectures for $15 each. Registration is required. Click here https://www.zeffy.com/…/4d570124-0340-43df-a004… A virtual opition is available for those who cannot attend in person. Be sure to click on the correct ticket for your choice.

Day of Tears

Performance Thursday June 27th at 6:30 at 41 W Main Street

In recognition of Juneteenth, the Day of Tears Touring Company will present an adaptation of Julius Lester’s powerful book, Day of Tears depicting the largest recorded auction of people held in slavery in American history which took place on March 2 & 3, 1852 in Savanah, Georgia. Registration required .History is not only an accounting of what happened, where and when, history includes the emotional biographies of those upon who life imposed itself; with cruelty we can only dimly imagine. A significant part of this performance is to make real the lives of those referred to as slaves, however, they were persons as real as you and me. It is our hope, from the voices of these actors, that the lives of those put to the auction block will become real for you.  Join us for this moving performance. Click HERE to reserve your seat.

Scavenger Hunt!

Back again this year with new places to discover!  Embark on an exhilarating adventure through Meriden’s past with our upcoming historical scavenger hunt! Join us for a 24-hour contest that will test your knowledge of local history. Each clue will lead you closer to unraveling the mysteries of our town’s rich heritage. Gather your friends, family, or colleagues and get your team together to spend a day of fun challenges and fascinating discoveries. Whether you’re a local history buff or just looking for a unique way to spend the day, this scavenger hunt promises excitement and enlightenment for all. Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of this  – mark your calendars and join us as we uncover Meriden’s historical secrets, one clue at a time!  Register your team HERE.

Two ways to win- Be the first team to return with at least 30 points OR take the entire 24 hours and accumlate the most points!  

LAST DAY JUNE 8th

We’ve Come A Long Way…Maybe: The Changing Role of Women in Meriden Since 1900

The exhibit is open to the public during our regular hours(see below) through the end of May. The exhibit is interactive. Please bring a cell phone and ear buds to access the audio fror the displays. You may also self guide by using the printed tour brochure.

There is no charge for the exhibit. Groups of 8 or more are requested to reserve a time by calling 203-639-1913.

Office Hours at Our Main Location, 41 W. Main Street, downtown Meriden.

We are open to the public during the summer from June 1st through August 31st at our Museum and History Center at 41 West Main Street at the following times. When you arrive please call 203-639-1913 to let us know you are here so we can greet you at the door.

Tuesday By appointment only. (203-639-1913)

Wednesday 9:00-3:00 no appointment needed

Thursday 12:00 – 8:00 on the 3rd Thursday of the month. 12:00 – 6:00 on 2nd and 4th. Closed first Thursday, June 6, July 4, August 1. No appointment needed.

Friday 9:00 – 2:00 by appointment only (203-639-1913)

Saturday 9:00-3:00 June 8 and 22, July 13 and 27, August 10 and 24. No appointment needed.

Research: We are open to researchers at our Museum & History Center, 41 West Main Street, during our regular office hours (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) by appointment only. To schedule your research visit, please call at least 24 hours in advance. 203-639-1913.

Tours: , We’ve Come A Long Way…Maybe: The Changing Role of Women in Meriden Since 1900 closes on June 8th. Individuals and small groups may come any time the museum is open as indicated above. We do ask you to please schedule your visit by calling 203-639-1913 if your group is larger than 8.

Lecture Series: Join us on the 4th Thursday of the month for our regularly scheduled lecture series at 6:30 pm. No lecture in July.

Andrews Homestead The Homestead is under an exhibit change and will reopen for tours in September.

Supported by its volunteers, the Meriden Historical Society operates at two locations

The Meriden Historical Society’s Museum & History Center is our main office and research center. Located at 41 West Main Street, in the heart of Downtown Meriden. This historic building’s size and central location allows us to expand our public programs, exhibit more of our collections, welcome more researchers and visitors, and better tell the story of our community! To read more details about this location click HERE . To schedule a visit to our History Center, please call 203-639-1913.

The Andrews Homestead, 424 West Main Street, is one of the oldest homes in Meriden.  Chock full of items from Meriden’s past, it is open to the public for special programs and events, and by appointment. Young and old (and in-between) are welcome! 

We share a parking lot with the Benjamin Franklin elementary school. You may enter the parking lot through the do-not-enter entrance as long as it is not during school opening or dismissal time.

To set up a visit, please call our main office number: 203-639-1913.

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We’d like to thank the CUNO Foundation, the Meriden Foundation, the Napier Foundation, the State Historic Preservation Office, and CT Humanities for their support.