We at the Hamden Historical Society (HHS) know that many of you are concerned about the homes along Whitney Avenue being demolished by Quinnipiac University.  We share that concern.  The HHS board and the Hamden Historic Properties Commission have met with a representative of the university, who agreed to extend the demolition date for the most historically significant structures while we write and submit a proposal to preserve them.  Towards that end, we will be engaging an architectural historian to evaluate the condition of some of the buildings.

But there is still something concerned citizens can do.  The Historical Society encourages you to continue to send letters of objection to local newspapers and to Hamden’s Building Official Robert Labulis, at Hamden Government Center, 2750 Dixwell Avenue, 06518.  Also, HHS will soon be publishing an online petition for you to sign; we’ll keep you updated on that.

Follow this link for information about the Historic Homes on Whitney Avenue and their planned demolition by Quinnipiac University



The Hamden Historical Society welcomes your membership, support and involvement. Our recent activities on behalf of preserving Hamden’s history and educating the public include:

Maintaining and conducting tours of the historic Jonathan Dickerman House;

Acquiring, preserving and making available archives for research in the Al Gorman History Room at Miller Library;

Resisting Quinnipiac University’s efforts to destroy Hamden’s history;

Cooperating with other organizations to promote Hamden’s historic and cultural legacy.

Now, we need your help!  Please give at any of the following levels:

_____Annual Membership: $15.00
_____Family Membership: $25.00
_____Life Membership: $500.00

Please also consider supporting the Historical Society’s mission by giving to either or both of the following initiatives integral to the Society’s mission:

_____Jonathan Dickerman House Renovation Fund: $25.00
_____Al Gorman History Room Fund: $25.00
_____I would like to speak to someone about making a bequest

Send your donations to

Hamden Historical Society
P.O. Box 5512
Hamden, CT  06518

And thank you for your consideration!

Name _________________________________
Address _______________________________
Tel. No. _______________________________
Email _________________________________
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Saturday, September 3, will be your last chance to visit the Jonathan Dickerman House this summer! If you miss it, you’ll just have to come into the History Room and look at the paintings we have of this historic home. Our docent Michelle will be there from 1-4pm. The address is 105 Mt. Carmel Avenue.




We have new hours for the History Room.  Beginning September 6, 2016 the History Room will be open on Tuesdays from 10am – 2pm.  Please email Archivist Beth Shutts at hhs@hamdenlibrary.org if you would like to set up an appointment be come in any other time.  


Learn about the society!

See what we do to preserve Hamden’s past. (Archives, Projects, etc.)
Learn about the ways that we present it to you. (Programs, Publications, etc)
Enjoy glimpses of Hamden’s past (Slide Show)
View News, Articles, and Upcoming Events
Meet us! (Board of Directors)

updated 3/9/2015