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Today, June 16, 2016, marks the 80th anniversary of Hamden’s 1936 Sesquicentennial Parade. The Hamden Historical Society has digitized and edited 200′ of color and black-and-white film of the parade taken by Dr. Walter S. Lay on June 16, 1936.

Participants have been identified through records provided in Rachel Hartley’s 1943 book, “The History of Hamden, Connecticut – 1786-1936” (Quinnipiack Press). Many notables of the era, as well the Hamden Police and Fire Departments and many other participants are included. Floats from several associations are also featured. The featured speaker was Judge John Gilson, president of the New Haven Colony Historical Society. The video concludes with some athletic competition among high school aged boys at Legion Field.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6SDYFw1HCc

This remarkable video from the Hamden Historical Society is of a 16mm film of Hamden’s 1936 Sesquicentennial Parade. The 200 feet of color…

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