Beth Shutts incoming archivist

Breaking News!

Joining us in January as Archivist.

Joining us in January as Archivist.

After 14 years of service, Joe Pepe is “retiring” as Archivist for the Hamden Historical Society in order to spend more time with family and pursue other varied interests that include gardening and cooking.

 Please join us in welcoming Beth Shutts to the Hamden Historical Society family as Archivist. Beth will join the team on January 2, 2014.

While she grew up in Maryland, and attended college in Maine, Beth settled in Connecticut after marrying, moving to Hamden in 1982 and raising her children here. The Shutts family (father, son, and daughter) own and operate Shutts Tree Service in Hamden.

After receiving her Master of Library Science from Southern in 1987, Beth worked at Cheshire Public Library for 23 years, primarily as a Reference Librarian. Retired in January 2012, she was able to devote more time to the freelance indexing business she founded in 2009. While most of her work now is in the area of non-fiction books for children, she has also been indexing local histories, genealogies, and church and census records.

While indexing she discovered a passion for local histories.  She says, “Connecticut is such a great state for this because there are so many small towns, each with their own story.” She has done extensive research on and organization of her own family and will be able to assist others in these types of searches.

Beth says, “I’m looking forward to discovering more of the rich history of Hamden and it’s landmarks, learning more about the founding families, assisting people in the search for their ancestors, promoting the holdings of the Historical Society library, and answering lots of interesting questions!”

We are confident that Beth not only will bring a fresh perspective to the History Room, but will also continue to provide the warm welcome and dedicated service that has characterized Joe Pepe’s tenure.

 We wish both of them every success!