The Hamden History Room is closed in July and August. 

Be sure to come back on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.


The May 15th tornado deeply affected Mount Carmel and surrounding areas; for many the cleanup and repairs still continue. One beloved local property badly damaged is the Jonathan Dickerman House and the Talmadge Cider Mill, on Mount Carmel Avenue—the “Little Red House”. The Hamden Historical Society is attempting to restore these reminders of our town’s heritage, but to do so it needs to raise $25,000. Won’t you show your support for Hamden’s history by donating what you can?

You can send a check to the Hamden Historical Society, P.O. Box 5512, Hamden, CT 06518

Updates on restoration progress will be posted here, as well as on our Facebook page.

Information on how to become a member of the Historical Society, can be found here.



The Hamden Historical Society will be open Saturday afternoons in July and August, 2018 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Lockkeepers house, 3908 Whitney Avenue.

Items from the Jonathan Dickerman house will be on temporary display.


The Gorman History Room is closed for the summer.

We will be checking email regularly and will answer questions for you in that format. Our email address is hhs@hamdenlibrary.org.

The Dickerman House remains closed at this time.   The insurance company is still assessing the damage done to the house and Talmadge Cider Mill Barn by the May 15 tornado. Check back here for updates.

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May 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Miller Library Complex – Senior Center Social Hall
Guest speakers: James Sirch and Roberta Mack


Mr. Sirch and Ms. Mack will discuss the Rocky Top property in Hamden; once a site of an early Sleeping Giant State Park trail. They will share the property’s history and natural attributes to our town and its people.


The Hamden Historical Society has copies of the new book
by Municipal Historian David G. Johnson

 Hamden Firefighting-Cover (1)

 Price: $19

 All profits from this sale of Hamden Firefighting will benefit
the Hamden Historical Society

 The 128-page pictorial history of the Hamden Fire Department was written by  Town  Historian Dave Johnson, a retired Hamden firefighter.
With over 200 photographs of historic fires as well as images of numerous volunteer and career professionals from all eras, Hamden Firefighting chronicles the department from 1896 to the present day.

Hamden Firefighting will be available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon
and other retail outlets starting November 20th,  2017, for $21.99.








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Saturday, June 10
Jonathan Dickerman House

Mt.Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT
1:00-4:00 p.m.

Schedule of Special Activities
1:00-4:00 House Tours

1:00-4:00 Old Fashioned Games
1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Punch and Judy puppet show
Enjoy the antics of Punch and Judy; performed by Richard Smith
2:00 and 3:00 Puppet craft
Make your own Punch or Judy

April 6, 2017

Today marks the centennial of our involvement in World War I.  In Hamden, we are proud to honor one of our own doughboys, A. Frederick Oberlin. The link below will take you to an excellent article just published by Dr. Laura A. Macaluso, a researcher and writer currently living in Virginia.

Oberlin Memorial Windows


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March 25, 2017

From HHS President Ken Minkema’s dedication at the naming of the
Al Gorman Hamden History Room

Al Gorman served the town of Hamden for many years and in many capacities – as a civic leader, as a politician, and as a preservationist.  He was the driving force behind the creation of the Hamden Historic Properties Commission, and was involved with the Hamden Historical Society as a member and as its president for decades.  He, with his wife Betsy, were also great recruiters for the cause of history – I am evidence of that, as I’m sure are many people here today.

One of the main activites of the Historical Society is this History Room, where we make our manuscript, printed, visual, and other resources available for researchers, students, and town members.  It is entirely right and proper, therefore, as a tribute to the memory of Al Gorman, to the service that he rendered to our community and to its cultural and historical legacy, to the love that he had for this town and the love we have for him, that we give his name to this space.

February 25, 2017


The situation regarding the demolition of historic homes on Whitney Avenue by Quinnipiac University has not come to a conclusion yet.  Two respected historical organizations have taken an interest in our plight and are working with us to reach a positive resolution with QU.  They are the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Office.  Your signature on our petition can be an effective tool in showing these groups that the local community stands behind us in our endeavor to Save Mount Carmel.




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 _________________________________
Check enclosed for: ______________________




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