This country is a nation of life-long learners. To fulfill this need in Lebanon, the Historical Society offers a range of different types of programs thoroughout each year.
There is always something new to learn about the past and the Historical Society often invites experts to come to Lebanon and share their knowledge with members and anyone who is interested. Recent lecturers have spoken about the history of Christmas in Connecticut, notable and notorious people of Eastern Connecticut and the history of G. Fox & Company. In 2014 there will be talks about prints and photographs of the Civil War, Civil War Archealogy and Connecticut witches.
These occasional informal Sunday afternoon programs are often associated with a “Community Exhibit” in the Society’s Multi-Purpose Room. Topics have included: Bender Family Trips to the Grand Canyon, St. Francis Church, Defining Farming Traditions in Lebanon, the Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church and Boy Scouting in Lebanon. Join us at a future program to learn a bit about local history, participate in lively discussion and enjoy homemade refreshments.
Grown-ups like to get their hands on projects just as much as children do, so the Historical Society offers opportunities for adults to become actively engaged. The program might feature a craft activity or address an issue like caring for valued antiques or family heirlooms.
In the tradition of the New England town meeting, the Historical Society turns to its constituents to help plan for the future. Over the last few years, community volunteers have met to plan how to improve street visibility and curb appeal, develop children’s programs, plan programs and exhibits. Community input has been invaluable and LHS will continue to seek support from its neighbors.
As part of the Historical Society’s community outreach effort, LHS offers several events each year that are intended to build local support and interest. These have included: the Annual Antique Show, antiques appraisal days, and concerts.
If you have some time and would like to be more involved with the Historical Society, LHS has many opportunities to offer. If you have special skills to offer, wonderful, but the Society will provide training as needed. Volunteers are needed to work with children’s programs, assist with exhibit planning and installation, conduct genealogical and historical research and help with numerous short-term projects.
New ideas for adult programs are always welcome. Please share your ideas and requests by calling 860-642-6579 or e-mail us.