Research & Education

Collections

2012-11-29-wesleyan presentatin 007With a mission to safeguard objects made or used in Middlesex County, we pride ourselves on the breadth of our holdings. From Civil War uniforms to Colonial era bibles, from China Trade porcelain to former slaves’ manumission papers, our collection represents the diversity of the area’s residents over the last 350 years. Featured too are many items from Middletown’s rich manufacturing past, such as suspenders made at the Russell Manufacturing Company, once the nation’s largest supplier of men’s braces, and a 1920s steam contraption used by Jack’s Lunch for making Middletown’s most famous culinary creation, the steamed cheeseburger.


Research

Qualified researchers may utilize the Historical Society’s extensive collection pertaining to Middletown and others Middlesex County communities.  Highlights include early town records, maps, diaries, letters, account books, prison and early court records, and thousands of photographs and paintings.  Other objects from the museum collection are available for research as well.  Appointments are required and are available on Monday through Thursday only.  Members may research for free, and for all others, the fee is $10.00 per day.  Photocopying is $0.25 per page.


Education

Teachers can enliven their students’ understanding of local history through guided tours or special research projects. We offer tours of our museum exhibits, the Middletown Heritage Trail and local historic graveyards, appropriate for students in grade four and above. We also can advise teachers on special student research projects as well as ways to incorporate local historic artifacts and documents in their course curriculum.

For more information, contact us at 860-346-0746 or e-mail us.


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Since 1990, the William E. Sheedy Memorial History Contest has honed the research skills of Middletown’s eight-year-olds, who study town history as part of their third-grade curriculum. Each spring the competition invites students to research the life of an ancestor and report their findings in an essay, video or format of their choosing.

Collections

Research & Education : Collections The Historical Society’s collections include: Archives: The Middlesex County Historical Society archives feature a broad spectrum of  18th- to 20th-century public records from the city of Middletown and County of Middlesex. Among the holdings are minutes of selectman’s letters, court records, tax lists, town accounts, naturalization records, indentures, and census records. Our collection … Continue reading Collections

Research

Research & Education : Research History Qualified researchers may utilize the Historical Society’s extensive collections pertaining to Middletown and others Middlesex County communities.  Highlights include early town records, maps, diaries, letters, account books, prison and early court records, and thousands of photographs and paintings.  Other objects from the museum collection are available for research as well.  Appointments … Continue reading Research

Working with Teachers

Research & Education : Working with Teachers Teachers can enliven their students’ understanding of local history through guided tours or special research projects. We offer tours of our museum exhibits, the Middletown Heritage Trail and local historic graveyards, appropriate for students in grade four and above. We also can advise teachers on special student research projects … Continue reading Working with Teachers

Sheedy Contest

Research & Education : William F. Sheedy Essay Contest Information for:  Kids | Parents | Teachers | Contest Rules | Guidelines Since 1990, the William E. Sheedy Memorial History Contest has honed the research skills of Middletown’s eight-year-olds, who study town history as part of their third-grade curriculum. Each spring the Middlesex County Historical Society competition invites students … Continue reading Sheedy Contest