Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Time to donate a yearbook!


We're very lucky to have many yearbooks from Waterbury schools, but there are lots of missing years.  Due to our limited book budget, we rely on the generosity of members of the public to help us grow this collection.  If you are graduating this year, check to see if your class wishes to donate a yearbook to the Bronson Library's Genealogy collection.  We get many inquiries from people looking for information about a relative or a former classmate.  I remember the time I had an inquiry from a gentleman regarding his deceased wife, who had gone to high school here in the 1930s.  As I was browsing through the yearbook for her class, I happened to see a group portrait of a club--which one I can't remember.  Anyway, he was tickled to learn that his spouse of many years had been active with this club and never told him about it.  It was a tiny facet of her life that would have remained forever hidden had it not been for that yearbook.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Author of "Carrie Welton" to visit the Bronson Library

You've heard of the Carrie Welton Fountain, but who was Carrie?  There's a new book out about her by Charles Monagan.  Mr. Monagan will be at the Library on Thursday, May 12, 2016 for a book talk and signing.  The event will be held in the auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Train and Trolley Tour

Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 15, 2016 - event posted as a courtesy to the Cheshire, Connecticut Historical Society

The Cheshire Historical Society is very pleased to announce that we will
host the MW-CR Train and Trolley Tour on Sunday, May 15th, departing
from the Society (43 Church Drive, Cheshire) at 9 AM promptly and
returning at 3 PM. Narrator:  Bob Belletzkie, Librarian, Historian,
Ferroequinologist, WebStationmaster

ALL ABOARD … 9:00 a.m. Prompt Departure!

Ride in style in a DATTCO Coach with air conditioning and comfortable
seating, as you take a bus trip “back in time” through Cheshire,
Prospect, and Waterbury’s past to the sites of stations and railroad
tracks for the Meriden Waterbury & Connecticut River Railroad as well as
Cheshire Street Railway:
  · Cheshire Street station
· Southington Road station
· Cheshire Junction
· West Cheshire station
· Prospect station
· East Summit station
· East Farms station
· Dublin Street station
· Waterbury station

  Arrive to the Society (rain or shine):  8:45 a.m.        Tour should
return to the Society at approx. 3 p.m.

Cost:  $40 for tour that includes lunch, $30 if you care to bring your
own lunch

These can be mailed to P.O. Box 281, Cheshire CT 06410

Lunch is planned at Blackie’s Hot Dog Restaurant where unlimited hot
dogs, soda, and potato chips are included.

Tour will make several stops including a stop at the newly paved linear
park off Jarvis Street.  Wear walking shoes. Bring umbrella, if needed.
The Jarvis Street stop involves a five minute walk on paved surface.

Phone DIANE CALABRO at (203) 250-9350 -or- email to
cheshirehistory@che.necoxmail.com to reserve your spot.  This tour is
filling up quickly so please respond as soon as you can.  We expect to
be fully booked on or before May 1st.

For the attached map:  Our tour will follow the Meriden, Waterbury and
Connecticut River RR [red line on map] from Cheshire Street station west
to Union Station, Waterbury. Returning, we will trace the route of the
Cheshire Street Rwy trolley [orange line] back to Cheshire.

I hope you will consider participating in this tour!

Thank you,
Diane Calabro, President

The Cheshire Historical Society
43 Church Drive - P.O. Box 281
Cheshire, CT 06410
"We Keep Cheshire's History Alive!"
Tel:  (203) 272-2574