Category: News & Events



One of Meriden’s most magnificent homes, the Jedediah Wilcox Mansion stood at 816 Broad Street for just over 100 years. When the Wilcox family moved in on November 19, 1870, the Meriden Daily Republican described the building as “a princely mansion”  and “the finest residence…in the state.”

Join us on November 19 at 6:30pm as we commemorate the historic 150th anniversary – to the day! – of the mansion’s completion with a virtual program by local historian Brian Cofrancesco. Mr. Cofrancesco will share his years of research about Jedediah Wilcox, the history of the mansion, photographs of its interior and exterior, and its complicated history. There will also be a special announcement you won’t want to miss!  

This program will be presented on Zoom and also streamed to the Meriden Historical Society’s Facebook page, There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP your attendance at to join us on Zoom. Registered attendees will receive a link to the program via email the day of the program.

This program is co-presented by the Meriden Historical Society and the Meriden Public Library. 


Tuesday, March 17, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Meriden Public Library 105 Miller St., Meriden, CT

Three silent comedians ruled the silver screen before the arrival of sound to the movies: Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. Dr. Sherwin Borsuk, president of the Meriden Historical Society and a Keaton aficionado, will present Buster Keaton – his life and phenomenal acrobatic movie achievements. The talk will be accompanied by stills and short movie clips.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.



Tuesday, April 21, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Meriden Public Library 105 Miller St., Meriden, CT

Justin Piccirillo, a member of the Meriden Historical Society, educator, author, illustrator and a Meriden history buff will present the first in the series of 3 talks about Hubbard Park. This talk will cover the period of the park up to WW-II. Mr. Piccirillo has been researching the History of the park and is in the process of publishing a book based on his research. The public is invited to come, share, listen and view and learn about the History, the facts and the legends associated with the park.

Free admission. Refreshments will be served.



Tuesday, May 19, 2020 6:30 p.m.
Meriden Public Library 105 Miller St., Meriden, CT

Lesley Solkoske, Meriden Historical Society’s vice president and Hanover Park researcher, invites the public to join her in a visual walk (and talk) through the park, its history and its various attractions as captured in photographs, postcards and maps. Situated at the end of Meriden’s trolley line, Hanover Park was Meriden’s main attractions and a state wide amusement destination in the late 1800s early 1900s.

Free admission. Refreshments will be served.


VICE IN MERIDEN – the Products and Services for Smoking Drinking Gambling and More in Meriden’s Past – Cancelled

Every Sunday in May, (3, 10, 17, 24 & 31) 11:00 am – 3:00 p.m.
Open House and Special Exhibit at the Meriden Historical Society’s Museum, the Andrews Homestead, 424 W. Main St, Meriden

Visit a Colonial era home. The Andrews Homestead was built in 1770 and is the only museum in Meriden dedicated to the history of our city, and its industry. The museum is chuck full of artifacts, many of which were recently added to the collection. Our May Open House will feature a special exhibit dedicated to the many items produced here, items representing indulgence and vice.

Admission is free, donations are gratefully accepted and will help support our mission to preserve Meriden’s past for future generations.


THOMPSON CHOCOLATE – An Exhibit at the Meriden Historical Society’s Museum

424 West Main Street – Meriden, CT 06451

Every Sunday in October 11:00 am – 3:00 pm .

The Andrews Homestead, Meriden Historical Society’s museum, will be open to the public every Sunday in October  11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dedicated to the the history of our city’s manufacturing era, the museum is chuck-full-of examples of items made here in town. Come see our newest acquisitions.

In conjunction with Thompson Chocolates 140th anniversary, a special section is dedicated to THOMPSON CHOCOLATE the Meriden Confectioner who advanced from a local ice-cream vendor and a candy manufacturer to a world renown chocolatier.

The Andrews Homestead shares a parking lot with the Benjamin Franklin School. By permission of the Police Depart, for this exhibit – Sundays only, you may disregard the “do-not-enter” sign posted at the West Main Street entrance to the parking lot.

Admission is free – donations are greatly appreciated.

Historical Fiction As a Portal to the Past

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 6:30 p.m. at the Meriden Public Library


Author Diana Ross McCain will discuss her new novel Thy Children’s Children, based on the true story of the first five generations of the Lyman family of Lyman Orchards of Middlefield, Connecticut,as an example of how well-researched historical fiction both entertains and informs.

Thy Children’s Children accurately and engagingly conveys the novel’s turbulent time period between 1741 and 1871, highlighting the role of Lyman men and women in pivotal events such as the American Revolution, the Underground Railroad, and the industrial and transportation revolutions. McCain will share how she melded historical fact with imagination to craft fiction that breathes life into the past.

Copies of Thy Children’s Children will be available for sale ($20.00) and signing after the program.  

Diana Ross McCain is an independent historian and author of five non-fiction books on Connecticut history. She was on the staff of the Connecticut Historical Society for 25 years. This is her first novel.

Making History/Making Place, A Celebration of CT’s Local Museums

Picture Show and Lecture with William Hosley

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 6:30 p.m. Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller Ave. Meriden CT 06450

Connecticut has 169 towns and as many community-based historical museums. Most are small. Many are run by volunteers. No two are alike. They preserve & present great local stuff and stories. They collect. They offer public programs. They advocate for preservation. They serve schools and greet tourist. They are a civic miracle. This is their story and why they matter.

This program is free. Refreshments will be served.


Marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. Presented by Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

Tuesday September 10, 2019 at the Meriden Public Library

In 2020 we mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. The fight for women’s right to vote was long and took many twists and turns. Join us to learn about the Connecticut women who fought on a local, state, and national level and on whose shoulders we stand. Be inspired by their stories to use your vote to give a voice to women.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.


FROM INSILCO’S 16 MM FILM COLLECTION: An Evening of Movies & Popcorn

Monday, 6/17/19    6:30-8:00 pm

At the 
Meriden Public Library 105 Miller Street, Meriden, CT.

Among the International Silver Company Archives donated to the Meriden Historical Society by Insilco were a large number of 16mm films. We are in the process of sorting through them. The public is invited to view as many of the following films as we can squeeze into the time slot allotted to the this program:

  • Bing Crosby – Crooner’s Holiday
  • Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy
  • Charlie Chaplin – Hero /The Lion Tamer /Died
  • Wings, Claws and Fangs – movies for kids
  • Abbott and Costello – Off my aching tooth
  • The Fleet that Came to Stay – WW II
  • Camera Thrills in Wildest Africa
  • 1946 News Parade –Atom bomb at Bikini Beach/ Paris Peace Talks
  • 1940 News reel – Call to arms / Sea battle

16mm projector provided by the Meriden Public Library.

This program is free and open to the public.

Popcorn will be served.