Tuesday, August 10, 2021


 Historic Celebration to take place at
Higganum United Methodist Church
Higganum, Connecticut

Please come join us for some historic celebrations at Higganum United Methodist Church.  Higganum United Methodist Church is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year, in 2021.  The church, located at 248 Saybrook Road in Higganum Connecticut, is a historical and architectural treasure in town.  First constructed during the Civil War area, the main church remains essentially unchanged since that time.  In 1861 Reverend Allen, the minister destined to head the movement which resulted in the building of the church, was sent to Higganum. He held his revival meetings in the grove across the brook from the old post office, then at Brainerd Hall, and soon after at the Grange. Methodists gradually assumed a more vigorous and effective role in the community and finally demanded a church-The present site was purchased for only $5! Building of the structure began in 1861and was finished the following year. Although many of the church congregants participated in the building, Reverend Allen carted stone from the quarries, chopped timber from the wood, did masonry work and even framed the building and some of the benches. One time the minister, needing planking, was given a full sized tree only if he could chop it down to size which he proceeded to do! Come join us in celebrating this remarkable feat with these special events.

On August 21, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the church will host a Music Concert in the Fellowship Hall located at the church.  Be prepared to be serenaded by solo virtuosos and old favorite guitar and piano rock songs by the same favorites that you have come to enjoy at the Higganum United Methodist Church’s Coffee Houses. More than 10 separate musical acts will be delivered and an Award Winning Poet from Connecticut will read her work which merited her third place in the most recent Connecticut Poetry Contest 2020. Soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. A free will offering will be collected at the door.

On September 12, 2021 at 9:00 the church will host a celebratory Worship Service. Please join us for our keynote event honoring our church’s 160th anniversary. A special church service will honor our church’s founding fathers.  Included in this worship service will be the Bishop and several past Pastors.  


On September 12, 2021 at noon Higganum United Methodist Church will host an Open House. Following the church service we will have light refreshments followed by a Church Open House beginning at noon.  The Open House will feature the contributions our church has made to the community through fundraising, ministries and outreach.  It will highlight the church history since before the Civil War times with collected memorabilia, publications and a slide show.  On display will also be the crafts and contributions of our church members through the years. Church members will be available to conduct church tours during the open house and you are more than welcome to view our hour long continuously running presentation comprised of photos from our distant and more recent past! If you would like to order a church history book, people will be available to take your order. This will be truly the event for history buffs in town. 


We look forward to seeing you- Sincerely Higganum United Methodist Church and Reverend Ahn.





Music in the Museum Gardens
Sunday, August 15, 2021
6 pm
Thankful Arnold House Museum, 14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT
Parking up Field Park Drive
Free and Open to all.

Tom Callinan is more than a multi-faceted performing artist. He holds a B.S. in Secondary Education (English Major/Music Concentration) from Central Connecticut State University, and an M.A.L.S. (Music Concentration) from Wesleyan University. In 1977, after five years of successful teaching in a Connecticut junior high school, Callinan launched a full-time career in the creative and performing arts. Annually he presents several hundred performances for tens of thousands of people, spanning nursery schools through nursing homes. Since 1973, he has performed with the popular folk band, The Morgans, representing them as business manager since 1977. In 1991, he was designated Connecticut's first "Official State Troubadour" through legislation by The General Assembly.

His repertoire includes a variety of styles including sea songs, Irish tunes, songs of the earth, and folk songs, tales and tunes to name just a few. Not only are his shows entertaining but uplifting and poignant.

He will be preforming at the Thankful Arnold House Museum on Sunday, August 15, 2021. The concert is free and open to the public. Join us early to picnic on the grounds and enjoy the performance between 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

Hope you can join us for a rousing good time!
Haddam Historical Society 860-345-2400 or www.haddamhistory.org


Tuesday, June 29, 2021









Wednesday, June 2, 2021


Haddam Historical Society Scholarship Award 2021

The Haddam Historical Society is thrilled to announce that its 2021 Scholarship was presented to Caitlyn Rose Esposito, daughter of Tracy Esposito of Haddam.  The $500 scholarship award was based upon scholastic standing, contribution to school, community activities and interest in history.  Caitlyn Rose will attend Utica College in the fall.

Scholarship Chairperson, Susann Costa noted that this is the 9th annual scholarship award and that the society is delighted to be able to help support the continued education of one of our community’s deserving students and advocate for the importance of history both locally and globally.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Join us on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 6:30 for the Haddam Historical Society Annual Meeting.
A brief business meeting will be followed by a presentation on Haddam's historic schoolhouses.

To register for Zoom Meeting Click here: REGISTER


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Spring Stitches


Winter Woolies is now  SPRING STITCHES!

29th Knitting Circle at the Museum
Spring Stitches in the Garden
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Sunday, June 6, 2021

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Thankful Arnold House Museum
14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT

Do you have a knitting or needlework project that has been sitting around waiting for you to finish it?  Join Beth Hartke to work on that neglected piece or start a new one and enjoy the company of others with NO modern-day intrusions.  Registration is required, since space is limited.  Admission is free. Although we will be outside, all Covid-19 precautions will take place including masks and social distancing.

 No Rain dates


For further information call Lisa at Haddam Historical Society 860-345-2400 or contact@haddamhistory.org.