Historical Society 50th Anniversary Open House

Historical Society 50th Anniversary Open House

Historical Society of Easton 50th Anniversary Celebration
July 22, 2018
By: Patrick Higgins

The Easton Historical Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary year in 2018 and is planning an open house for the public to showcase and share some of its collected treasures for all to see. The open house will take place on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 3-6 p.m. at the Society’s office which is located behind the Easton Public Library.
The Society has many items in its collection including photos, period fashion, historical items and much more. Easton local Dan Tressler will provide the musical entertainment with his trio “Amber Anchor” which features fiddle, banjo, mandolin & more.
Chester Burley is in his fifth year at the Society, and its current President. “Our main job at the Society is to research, document, and preserve the history of Easton and the surrounding area,” he said. Burley hopes that this celebration will help further display the past of Easton.
Mike Howard has been a member of the Historical Society and treasurer for over a year, and he believes it is beneficial for residents to connect with their history and hopes this could be a great chance for the residents of Easton to do so. “It is important for people to touch back and understand where the town came from,” he said.
After living in Easton for nearly two decades, Kelly Higgins, joined the Historical Society in 2015 and is now the organization’s Director of Membership and Facebook Webmaster. “The Society is important because if we don’t preserve our history it will be lost forever,” she said.
Despite the Easton Historical Society running strong, they are always looking for new members President Chester Burley says. “We would like to reach out to the community and anyone who would be interested in joining and would like to donate their time,” he said.
The Historical Society Board of Directors hopes for a large turnout. In the case of rain the celebration will be held in the Library Community Room.

A special thanks to Patrick Higgins for writing this article on the HSE 50th Anniversary Open House.
Patrick is in the Joel Barlow Class of 2018.

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HSE Lecture – CT Civilian Conservation Corps, Sunday, March 18th at 4 p.m.

Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps: Their History, Memories and Legacy
The Historical Society of Easton will be celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the founding of one of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s most successful programs during the Great Depression with a lecture on the History of Civilian Conservation Corps in Connecticut given by Marty Podskoch, an award winning author and historian. The PowerPoint presentation and lecture will be held on Sunday March 18th at 4 PM at the Easton Public Library’s Community Room, 691 Morehouse Road, Easton.
Did you know that Connecticut had 21 Civilian Conservation Camps? The lecture will explore the Civilian Conservation Corps Camps that sprinkled Connecticut’s countryside, the works they accomplished and their legacy. The CCC was a public works program established as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal which operated from 1933 to 1942. It focused on young men and veterans in relief families who had difficulty finding employment during the Great Depression. The program provided unskilled manual labor related to environmental conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands. The US Army supervised the camps which had approximately 200 men each. Workers built trails, roads, campsites, dams, stocked fish, built and maintained fire towers, observers’ cabins and telephone lines, fought fires and planted millions of trees. The program was disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WWII.
Marty Podskoch a retired reading teacher and an award winning author who has been recognized for his extensive work researching and documenting the history of the Catskills, the Adirondack fire towers, and the Civilian Conservation Corps Camps. Soon he will release a travel guide called Connecticut 169 Club: Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut. Marty will have several of his books available for sale and signing after the lecture.
While the lecture is free to all to attend, donations are always welcome and greatly appreciated to support the Historical Society’s efforts and future events. For more information please call the Historical Society of Easton at 203-292-3533, email us at hseastonct@gmail.com or visit our website: http://www.historicalsocietyofeastonct.org.