Connecting with municipal historians

David Grady's picture

Dear List,
Earlier this year, I was appointed municipal historian for the town of Coventry. I've spent some time getting up to speed, meeting with the local cognoscenti, and trying to get a handle on the position. But of course there's so much more to do and prepare.

To that end, I wonder whether there are any forum in which the state's municipal historian take the opportunity to gather ideas, compare notes, and share resources. Obviously H-Connecticut has the potential to do much the same, but at present it has more the feel of an announcement board than a discussion place. I hasten to add that I very much appreciate the folks who organized the group (and indeed, was an H-Net editor myself about 20 years ago), and wonder if some of the current appointees are already here.

Anyway, I'll leave it there for the moment. Just hoping to get a sense for how the currently-appointed municipal historians might already be connecting, and perhaps develop new events or gathering places for improved communication going forward.

David Grady
 

In response to Mr. Grady, I am not part of the network of Connecticut municipal historians, but am working on a project that he and other city historians might be interested in--that is, a project to build a bibliography of archival sources for the study of Connecticut history during the Progressive era, roughly 1890-1920.  This includes Progressive-era Connecticut cities, a subject about which I have written in a forthcoming article for the next Connecticut History Review.   My aim is stir up interest and recources for the study of this much neglected phase of Connecticut history.  If Mr. Grady knows of archival resources to illuminate Coventry's Progressive-era experience, I would like to learn about them for incorporation into the bibliography that I compiling.  Hopefully soon, I will be able to disseminate the bibliography for all researchers, students and teachers to use.  Mr. Grady and anyone else is welcome to send me information at donrogershistorian@yahoo.com

Donald Rogers, Ph. D
Adjunct Lecturer in History, Central Connecticut State University, Housatonic Community College, and University of New Haven. 

 

 

In response to Mr. Grady's post, the Connecticut League of History Organizations (www.clho.org) has been serving the interests of CT's historical societies, history museums, historic sites, historic house museums, and heritage archives, for over 60 years. Our member organizations across CT benefit from the work of municipal historians, and often work collaboratively. I would be happy to continue a conversation with Mr. Grady to explore ideas about creating a forum for municipal historians - either in conjunction with heritage / history museums, or otherwise. Our CLHO mission is to build connections between those who share the stories of CT's rich past, so we clearly share overlapping interests.

You may contact me at liz@clho.org. Thank you.

Connecticut's Municipal Historians - it's pretty informal. I don't believe there is a formalized organization of MH's - but am aware that they occassionally have gatherings where there might be a speaker or discussion. Among the resources to keep tabs on there is CTHistory Online:

http://www.cthistoryonline.org

Also CTHumanities:

http://connecticuthistory.org

Also - the CT State Libraries comprehensive list with web links to local historical orgs:

http://www.ctstatelibrary.org/histsoc.htm

Creating Sense of Place for Connecticut - is a Facebook community with a regular stream of links, pictures and insights into local history and historic preservation around CT:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/9992192890/