Event Date: May 9th, 2019 – 7PM
Location: Thompson Community Center in North Grosvenordale CT
Come join us in a showing of the 1959 movie “The Man in the Net”, co-sponsored by the Thompson Library and the Thompson Historical Society. All original actors in the movie are invited to attend!
“Big city advertising artist John Hamilton (Alan Ladd) abandons his career and relocates to a sleepy Connecticut community to paint for himself instead of for a paycheck. But his erratic spouse, Linda (Carolyn Jones), quickly grows bored with her quiet new life and begins to lash out at him. After turning to the bottle, Linda begins to openly insult her husband and even accuses him of beating her. So later, when she goes missing, the locals suspect John of murder and an angry mob comes after him.”
Thank you so much to our donors, and especially the State of Connecticut for all of their support!
Our annual Christmas shop is opening on Black Friday (November 23rd!) Check our museum shop page for information and hours. There will be lots of fun and unique gifts for your friends and family – including 3 historic Thompson Speedway posters!
The Great Four Engine Wreck in East Thompson of 1891
Ramsdell Collection Movies and Updates
Two Upcoming Talks
October 10, 2018 in Southbridge, MA
October 13, 2018 in Thompson, CT
Walks at the site of the Great Wreck will be led by the E. CT Rail Museum (see details below)
The Narrow Gauge Story: Four railfans bought WW&F Engine #9 (Portland Co, 1894) from the bankrupt Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railroad in 1937. One of them was Frank Ramsdell. Engine #9 was shipped down to his farm in West Thompson, CT. It stayed until 1995, when it was moved back to the WW&F at Sheepscot Station, in Alna Maine. The rebuilding of the engine took many years, and her rededication as a fully-operating locomotive occurred on August 13, 2016.
The Railroad Films of Frank and Alice Ramsdell
The Ramsdell Transportation Collection of the Thompson Historical Society contains thousands of images, mostly black-and-white photographs of railroads and railroad equipment. Recently we have found hours of movie film. Much of this is home movies of the Ramsdell farm, farm operations, and family. But Frank Ramsdell was a serious railfan. He took some very interesting movies of rail operations from 1948 to 1954 and daughter Alice continued doing this after Frank’s death.
The Great East Thompson Train Wreck
December 4, 1891 is a day that will live in local memory like no other. At approximately 6:48 a.m. two trains of the New York & New England RR would crash at East Thompson, Connecticut strewing wreckage that a third train would smash into and cause a fourth to rear-end it, all within minutes. An engineer, a fireman and a mysterious passenger were killed.
As part of the Walktober tradition, on October 10th and again on October 13th, Ray Axelrod, with the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum since the beginning (ca. 1991), will lead a narrated site walk – event #94 – of the four-train wreck site at the Air Line Rail Trail intersection, 660 East Thompson Rd., East Thompson CT. For more information on the walks, see the Last Green Valley Walktober guide for the latest updates. http://thelastgreenvalley.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Walktober2018web.pdf
The Thompson Historical Society & the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum appreciate the Last Green Valley’s support of these Walktober rail events.
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Echoes of Old Thompson Volume 2
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Soliciting Bids for Ellen Larned Memorial Building Roof Restoration and Repair Project
The Thompson Historical Society of Thompson, CT is seeking sealed bids for the Ellen Larned Memorial (ELM) Building Roof Restoration and Repair Project, located at 339 Thompson Road, Thompson, CT. All bids must be submitted to: ELM Building Roof Restoration Project, Attention: Renee Waldron, Town Clerk, Town of Thompson, 815 Riverside Drive, North Grosvenordale, CT 06255 no later than May 1, 2018, 4:00 PM.
The project requires a specialized roofing contractor for the removal, repair and restoration of the historic 1902 Spanish-tile roof. Details of the project includes, but are not limited to; installing appropriate staging in order to remove and secure undamaged tiles; repairing damage or rotted sub-roofing; sheathing the roof with specified materials; replace damaged tiles with age-appropriate replacements from an pre-approved source; repairing/replacing rotted or damage fascia and other trim; flashing all valleys, hips, sidewalls and ridges; painting where necessary, etc.
Bid specification packages are available by contacting Joe Lindley at: 860-928-5527 or email@example.com. Hard copy packages are available for $10.00, PDFs of the package will be sent via Email free of charge. Makes checks payable to: THS, PO Box 47, Thompson, CT 06277.
Partial funding for this project is provided by Connecticut’s Historic Restoration Fund. All work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and be approved by the State Historic Preservation Office.
The bidder must provide certificate of insurance, naming the Thompson Historical Society and the State of CT as A.T.I.M.A., provide signed copies of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) form, and provide appropriate bonding.
Mandatory pre-bid site visit will occur April 18, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. No bidder may withdraw bid for a period of 60 days. Bidder must provide three (3) references and pictures of similar projects.
Note: This project is supported by the State of CT Department of Economic and Community Development, State Historic Preservation Office. Thompson Historical Society is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Minority/Women’s Business Enterprises are encouraged to apply. Bidders must provide two signed copies of their proposal and required paperwork.