2016 Schedule of Events        Feb Newsletter
Feb 25 Thursday 7 pm Hall Memorial Library

Quilts and the Underground Railroad
Presented by Bev Russo

Did you know that women created quilts to use as signs for escaped slaves travelling north on the Underground Railroad?
Bev Russo has a degree in American Studies and Education and has done extensive research on this topic; she’ll share her findings at this month’s meeting of the Ellington Historical Society. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

This program is free but pre-registration is required.

Apr 28 Thursday 7 pm Hall Memorial Library
Connecticut Beer- A History of Nutmeg State Brewing
Presented by author Will Siss

Will Siss, author of Connecticut Beer:
A History of Nutmeg State Brewing will discuss his book and provide a presentation that takes you back in time. He'll talk about beer in Connecticut from its colonial roots to breaking news about the ongoing brewery explosion in the state.
This program is free but pre-registration is required.
May 21 Saturday 9 am - 2 pm Nellie McKnight Museum

Tag sale and Historical Society Bake Sale

Rent a space and sell your treasures.
Jun 11 Saturday Times TBD   Nellie McKnight Museum

Nellie McKnight Museum Open House Day

The Connecticut Office of Tourism is sponsoring the 12th annual Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday, June 11th.  

The one-day statewide event is designed to showcase Connecticut’s diverse world of history, art, and tourism. 


Jun 23 Thursday 6:30 pm Hall Memorial Library
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Potluck supper (Members Only)

Details in June newsletter.

Welcome to the Ellington Historical Society
The Ellington Historical Society holds its meetings at 7 P.M. in the upstairs meeting room at Hall Memorial Library at 93 Main Street Ellington CT.  map  Refreshments follow the programs. Old and new members, and guests are welcome.
On-line collections database:
Ellington Historical Society has an extensive collection of photographs and documents stored on-line.
To view the collection click this link. Use the Help button on the page that opens to get started.

The Collections software has been upgraded and is better than ever!
Activity at the Museum
The museum is closed for the season.
Nellie's Diary

From the Curator -

This winter I am reading Nellie McKnight’s diaries for details about her life in the center of Ellington. This month’s entry is from Saturday, January 31, 1976 and it is the day of the Bicentennial Ball. Nellie is 81 years old:
Jan 31, 1976 Nellie writes -
Sunny most of the day. I had hair-cut and set at Country Curls at 9 a.m. In p.m. took bath and dressed in Frances McKnight Wood’s green taffeta dress.

At 6:30 Sheldon and Nancy Smith (Ellington Congregational Pastor and his wife) picked me up and took me over to the Bicentennial Ball at Stafford Speedway. Nicely decorated. Many costumes. Didn’t start dinner until after 8:00. Chowder, beef, turkey, ham; small round potatoes, corn muffins, squash, string beans, salad, pickles, cranberry sauce, strawberry and rhubarb pie (seemed more like a puff with sauce over it).

A performance by the Train Band and then the Grand March led by Robert Cardin and me. People at the head table were introduced. Mr. Paluska (First Selectman) asked to escort me to the podium where I was given a package which proved to be a plaque with a copy of the invitation, ticket, expressions of appreciation. Given corsage of small white rosebuds, baby’s breath with white and blue ribbon. - Nellie McKnight


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