New Haven Museum

The New Haven Museum was founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, which remains its corporate name. From the beginning, the institution sought to collect, preserve, and make available for research the materials which document the history of the greater New Haven area. The Society was housed in various locations around the City in the 19th century, including the City Hall and the State House on Green. The English Memorial building on Grove Street was the first location owned by the Society. In 1929, the current building on Whitney Avenue was built, designed by J. Frederick Kelly, noted colonial revival architect. The collections eventually evolved into the departments of the organization: the Whitney Library, the Photograph Archive, and the Curatorial Department. These departments care for books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, furniture, paintings, tablewares, textiles, and industrial and marine artifacts. Many well-known New Haven people who had an interest in history made up its membership and board of directors, including Thomas F. Trowbridge, Charles Hervey Townshend, John Warner Barber, George Dudley Seymour, and William Scranton Pardee. Yale administrators and professors have been among the leaders here including Williston Walker, Charles M. Andrews, and Leonard Labaree. The organization has always stressed scholarship. In the early days members gave lectures on various topics, many of which were published in the New Haven Colony Historical Society Papers, in ten volumes, from 1865 to 1951. The mid-twentieth century saw the development of a Journal, which included many significant works of the local history. Exhibition catalogues have been published including such topics as: silver, pewter, graphic images of New Haven and maritime history. The New Haven Museum seeks to educate young people and adults, and an Education Department was established to provide programs and educational outreach. Never just a museum of New Haven, the history of the area once included in the New Haven Colony is now within the range of interest of the organization, as it looks to the 21st century and a renewed emphasis on regionalism in local history.
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New Haven and Oak Street Connector, showing redeveloped areas
1964
Malley's department store under construction, Church Street redevelopment area , New Haven
1962
Front Block (Chapel Square Mall and hotel building) construction, Church Street redevelopment area, New Haven
1965
Chapel Square Mall and hotel building under construction, Church Street redevelopment area, New Haven
1966
Church Street project area, Church Street extension and Oak Street Connector in view, New Haven
1961
Church Street project area, new construction and Oak Street Connector in view, New Haven
1961
Sites of Malley's and Macy's department stores, Church Street Project area, looking north, New Haven
1959
North side of George Street at corner of Temple, Church Street Project area, New Haven
1959
Buildings on west side of Church Street between Chapel and Crown Streets, New Haven
1957
Interior, Chapel Square Mall, Church Street redevelopment area, New Haven
1967
Connecticut Savings Bank and new buildings, Church Street project area, New Haven
1974
Macy's construction site, Church Street Project area, New Haven
1960
Demolition debris, Parcel M, near Oak Street Connector, Church Street project area, New Haven
1960
Building on corner of Church and Chapel Streets, New Haven, before redevelopment
1959
New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company headquarters building, Water and Meadow Streets, New Haven
1971
Katherine Harvey Terrace, Church Street Project area, New Haven
1966
New Haven Department of Police Service building under construction
1973
Corner of Congress Avenue and George Street, Church Street Project area, New Haven
1959
Temporary parking lots and buildings on Church Street, New Haven
1959
Clearance of Oak Street, New Haven
1957
Edward Malley Co. department store and Temple Street garage construction, looking north, Church Street project area, New Haven
1962
Church Street project area, Blocks C, D and E and Oak Street Connector in view, New Haven
1962
Church Street project area, looking northwest from Union Avenue, New Haven
1956
East side of Temple Street north of George Street prior to redevelopment, Church Street Project area, New Haven
1959

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