245 Main Street

Deep River, CT. 06417

Visiting Hours

By Appointment Only

245 Main Street

Deep River, CT 06417

Visiting Hours

By Appointment Only

Author: Christina Forristall

The practice of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers for Memorial Day dates back to the end of the Civil War. Memorial Day is a day to remember those who served and died for our freedom. The Deep River Historical Society has created a new exhibit highlighting the faces and personal stories of those men and women who served during 
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Eric Mengler, a Senior student at Valley Regional High School created this video of Deep River Historical Society’s Suffragette exhibit that ran from 2020 to 2021. He photographed and researched archives to create this video as part of his capstone project.  DRHS is so thankful for Eric’s hard work in making this video! We wish him and the entire class of ’22 
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The Deep River Historical Society elected a new president for the first time in 32 years! President Jeff Hostetler thanked the membership for their support and said he was leaving the society in good hands. Sue Wisner is also stepping down as secretary, a role she has filled for the last 6 years. The new officers are not new to 
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The Board of Trustees has voted to hold the Annual Meeting in person this year. This was a difficult decision, but with COVID numbers coming down we felt it was important to host an in-person meeting. We will ask everyone to wear a mask and seats will be placed at intervals. We will not hold a pot luck supper.  Annual 
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Deep River Historical Society celebrates Black History Month by remembering its citizens who contributed so much to their community.  Billy Winter’s story touched and inspired so many lives here and throughout the state. Winter Avenue is named for him and the home he built still stands on this street.  The Mitchell family were emancipated slaves who arrived in Deep River 
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Annual Meeting to be held Wednesday, March 16th at 7 pm.  Please watch the website for information on where it will be held. We are hoping for an in-person meeting however, we need to be cognizant of covid issues and it may again need to be virtual. So, stay tuned.  Jeff Hostetler is not running for re-election. We will be 
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The Society is grateful for the continued support of CT Humanities, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, and the Westbrook Family.  Without the financial support of these organizations, Deep River Historical Society would struggle to serve its community.  Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has awarded Deep River Historical Society a $10,000.00 
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Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Festival of Trees. Voting was very difficult this year as there were so many wonderful choices. The creativity each year is so amazing. We have so many talented people in our community and we are grateful to all of our non-profit organizations for what they do for our town.  A special thank you to DRAmbulance, 
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Christmas is the season of light. The Society is selling LUMINARIES for $25.00. Please consider joining us in lighting up Deep River this holiday season by decorating a luminary in honor of or in memory of someone in your life who was the light of your life. Someone who brought you joy. The kit will include everything you need to 
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We are loving our Scarecrow this year! DRHS Trustee and Town Historian Richard Kalapos has recreated the Leatherman persona for the Society this year. The Leatherman is a legend in this part of Connecticut as he wandered from town to town making an annual circuit from 1857 to 1889. His appearances were as regular as clockwork. He stayed in caves 
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