Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Derby Historical Society

  • Ansonia, CT
  • www.derbyhistorical.org

Mission Statement

The Derby Historical Society is a regional historical society dedicated to preserving, maintaining and celebrating the rich and varied history of the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

Main Programs

  1. A Day in 1762
  2. Open Hearth Cooking
  3. Annual Appeal
  4. Annual Silver Tea
  5. 12th Night Celebration
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

The Derby Historical Society strives to be the Historical Center of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Towns we serve include Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton and Oxford.

ruling year

1964

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Paula Julia Norton

Keywords

Self-reported

History, Revolutionary, A Day in 1762, Open Hearth Cooking, Humphreys

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EIN

06-6041121

 Number

3901567124

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Derby Historical Society continues to produce the award-winning hands-on historical immersion experience for area fifth graders. Many of these students, and other area children join our Jr. Docent program that further engages them in area history and Colonial life. This year, our program expanded to 4 days a week due to the number of schools that we were able to secure. The David Humphreys House has recently undergone a conditions assessment for the renovations needed to help us preserve and restore it. We received a matching grant from the CT Trust to help us with the costs of this assessment. We hope to secure funding, via grants and donations, to complete the restoration project.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

A Day in 1762

An award-winning hands-on history immersion program for area fifth graders.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

400 per class

Program 2

Open Hearth Cooking

This program is provided to the public during the fall, close to Thanksgiving. The docents and volunteers work together to provide a wonderful "period correct" colonial sampling of the foods that would have been served in Colonial time. There are tours of the David Humphreys House and Historic Elm Street District.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$300.00

Program 3

Annual Appeal

Our Annual Appeal is an offsite program at which we reach out to our membership and community for donations to help us with our operational costs for the year. We hold this reception offsite and have entertainment and a light reception usually from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. We also present our Dr. John Ireland Howe Award to an individual whose presence has consistently benefited the Valley in the spirit of philanthropy to the extent that they will be remembered in a historical context by future generations

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

Budget

$2,800.00

Program 4

Annual Silver Tea

This is one of organization's biggest fundraising programs. We hold this program offsite. Tickets are purchased for this event. We have tea sandwiches, cookies, tea and punch for the guests. We seek donations of raffle prizes and sell tickets to the guests as a source of revenue. A historical re-enactor gives a presentation during the event. Our Board members, Deputy Director, and Docent all volunteer their time to help make this a success each year.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 5

12th Night Celebration

This program is held at the David Humphreys House in January, on or about the 12th night after Christmas. The house is decorated as it would have been in the 18th century. We have music, lots of people, food, some period recipes are prepared, and tours of the home. Our wonderful Docent staff volunteers their time, along with our Deputy Director and a few Board members. Many of our Society volunteers are also involved to help ensure a successful event.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Adults

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$200.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

The Derby Historical Society strives to be the Historical Center of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Towns we serve include Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, Shelton and Oxford.

Funding Needs

Our most pressing need is the completion of the restoration of the David Humphreys House. Complete removal and replacement of the clapboard siding, as well as a replacement of the insulation is needed. We also need to have some repairs done to our chimney so that we may continue to use our fireplaces for open hearth cooking. Further repairs are needed to the roof and windows. Our second most pressing need is for adequate storage of our artifacts. This need includes funding to build proper storage areas, training for staff and volunteers in proper artifact storage and handling, and the addition of a staff curator.

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DERBY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Derby Historical Society

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Principal Officer

Paula Julia Norton

BIO

Experience includes Sales Support Specialist, Administrative Assistant, Paraprofessional educator and Day Care owner.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" The Derby Historical Society is an organization dedicated in its mission of teaching and preserving the history of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Our primary program, A Day in 1762, is a shining example of this. We primarily welcome 4th and 5th grade students to spend "A Day in 1762", beginning with a walking tour of Historic Elm Street in Ansonia, followed by a tour of David Humphreys home, a short film, and interactive workshop of either open-hearth cooking, spinning wool, or weaving. The day ends with a delicious lunch. Each child assumes the identity of a child that actually lived in the area in 1762. They learn about what life was like back then. We also have many public programs either on-site, CT Open House Day, Open Hearth Cooking, Children's Christmas Fair, 12th Night or offsite, our Annual Meeting, Silver Tea and Annual Appeal Fundraiser. We are always educating the public during the programs with tours, exhibits from our collections, colonial demonstrations, and various historical re-enactors & guest speakers. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Timothy Dillon Esq

Sheehy & Dillon, Attorneys at Law

Term: Mar 2013 - Mar 2017

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