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Thompson Historical Society http://thompsonhistorical.org Thompson, CT Thu, 25 Apr 2019 02:52:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 http://thompsonhistorical.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Thompson_HS_Logo_favicon-150x150.png Thompson Historical Society http://thompsonhistorical.org 32 32 “The Man in the Net” – May 9th, 2019 – Showing & Discussion http://thompsonhistorical.org/2019/03/02/the-man-in-the-net-showing-discussion/ http://thompsonhistorical.org/2019/03/02/the-man-in-the-net-showing-discussion/#respond Sat, 02 Mar 2019 21:16:56 +0000 http://thompsonhistorical.org/?p=3862

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.” 

 
 

 

 

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Educational Walk – June 1, 2019 – Exploring The Great 1891 Four Engine Wreck http://thompsonhistorical.org/2019/02/28/educational-walk-exploring-the-great-1891-four-engine-wreck/ http://thompsonhistorical.org/2019/02/28/educational-walk-exploring-the-great-1891-four-engine-wreck/#respond Thu, 28 Feb 2019 19:29:57 +0000 http://thompsonhistorical.org/?p=3853
Event Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 
 
This educational hike will teach you all about the Great 1891 Four Engine Wreck using modern technology! Using QR code readers (easily downloaded from your phones app store) you will be able to scan the 12 key wreck and rail station sites marked with bar codes, providing detailed information about this astounding historical event.
 
The walk is short and manageable for young children and is ADA Compliant. From 10:00 – 12:00 Noon, interpreters will be available, depending on turnout. Handouts will be provided for maximum information.
 
For more information and to register for this event, please visit the CT Woodlands website
 
 
 
 
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We did it! http://thompsonhistorical.org/2019/02/24/we-did-it/ http://thompsonhistorical.org/2019/02/24/we-did-it/#respond Sun, 24 Feb 2019 06:03:25 +0000 http://thompsonhistorical.org/?p=3816
Pictured: Alyssa (State Historic Preservation Office) and Greg (CT Trust for Historic Preservation)

Thank you so much to our donors, and especially the State of Connecticut for all of their support!

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Museum Roof Restoration Completed http://thompsonhistorical.org/2018/11/22/museum-roof-restoration-completed/ http://thompsonhistorical.org/2018/11/22/museum-roof-restoration-completed/#respond Thu, 22 Nov 2018 02:46:49 +0000 http://thompsonhistorical.org/?p=2922 THS has completed the restoration of the Museum Roof at the 1902 Library building on Thompson. While the fundraising continues to build our cash reserves back up, after spending over $156,000 on the roof project, we can rest assured now that our valuable collections have a safe, dry museum facility. The previous clay tile roof lasted 117 years and we look for the new clay tile roof to survive as long. The natural clay tiles were a key design feature on this historic Arts & Crafts period Tudor style building. We are proud to say that we have now completed the major planned renovations on this architectural gem facing the Thompson Common. Our thanks to Joe Lindley and John Rice for leading the restoration project for the Society.

 

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Christmas Trees for Sale on Nov. 25 http://thompsonhistorical.org/2018/11/22/christmas-trees-for-sale-on-nov-25/ http://thompsonhistorical.org/2018/11/22/christmas-trees-for-sale-on-nov-25/#respond Thu, 22 Nov 2018 02:43:13 +0000 http://thompsonhistorical.org/?p=2915 Christmas trees will be sold Nov. 25 at the Old Town Hall, $35 each. Come by to pick out a lovely tree for your family’s Christmas, and support the THS – all proceeds will help pay for our recently completed roof.

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New Website and Christmas Shop Hours http://thompsonhistorical.org/2018/11/15/new-website/ http://thompsonhistorical.org/2018/11/15/new-website/#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 21:53:58 +0000 http://thompsonhistorical.org/?p=2902 Welcome to the new Thompson Historical Society website! We hope that you enjoy the re-design, and find it easy to navigate. New posts and website edits will be handled by Joseph Iamartino and his assistant (and future daughter-in-law) Summer Coraccio. If you need to contact us, you can email Joe at jiamartino@charter.net or message us through our Facebook page.

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!

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The Thompson Historical Society & The Southbridge Historical Society http://thompsonhistorical.org/2018/10/03/2846-2/ http://thompsonhistorical.org/2018/10/03/2846-2/#respond Wed, 03 Oct 2018 17:21:51 +0000 http://tpsdistrict.strategicbranding.org/?p=2846

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)

Weds., October 10, 2018 – 7:00 pm: Sponsored by the Southbridge Historical Society
Presentation at The Arts Center, 111 Main Street, Southbridge MASat., October 13, 2018 – 9:00 am: Sponsored by the Thompson Historical Society  (THS)
Presentation at the Tourtellotte Memorial High School, Ryscavage Auditorium, 785 Riverside Dr. (Rt.12), No. Grosvenordale CT  06255Presenters: Tom Chase, formerly of the Smithsonian Freer Gallery and Archivist of the Ramsdell Transportation Collection (THS),  and Joseph Iamartino, President of the Thompson Historical Society and editor of the Echoes of Old Thompson history books,  will give a rail presentation featuring the story of the Dec. 4, 1891 Four Engine Wreck in E. Thompson. Every known photo of the wreck site will be shown with explanations of the cause of the accident that led to 3 deaths, as well as images of the trains involved, before and after the collisions.The talk will include other rail topics: (a) A movie trailer for a planned Blair Cole PBS documentary  on the Ramsdell / King family narrow gauge locomotive that was brought to Thompson in 1937, survived the WWII scrap drive and is now running at the WW&F Museum in Alna Maine.
(b) Digitized movie shorts from the Ramsdell Collection including Southbridge & CT specific train clips
(c) A summary of the recent activities at the Ramsdell Transportation Collection, housed at the TMHS 1909 building.

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.

MORE INFORMATION? call Mark (860-923-3215) or Joe (603-657-6205 (cell)

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Echoes of Old Thompson Volume 2 http://thompsonhistorical.org/2018/07/19/echoes-of-old-thompson-volume-2/ http://thompsonhistorical.org/2018/07/19/echoes-of-old-thompson-volume-2/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:25:36 +0000 http://tpsdistrict.strategicbranding.org/?p=2113

Echoes of Old Thompson Volume 2

We have many copies of the Echoes of Old Thompson Vol 2 still available for sale on Half.com. To view the page or to order a copy click button below.

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The Thompson Trolley http://thompsonhistorical.org/2018/07/19/the-thompson-trolley/ http://thompsonhistorical.org/2018/07/19/the-thompson-trolley/#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:26:35 +0000 http://tpsdistrict.strategicbranding.org/?p=2080

For information on the Thompson Trolley (and Trolleys in Connecticut) visit:

The Shore Line Trolley Museum

Click on image to visit The Trolley Museum web site

If anyone has rail or trolley related questions for the Thompson area, please see the acclaimed Tylercity station website and communicate with Thompson’s rail expert:

Robert Joseph Belletzkie
Librarian, Historian, Ferroequinologist, WebStationmaster

Celebrating and preserving our railroad heritage atwww.tylercitystation.info

Phone 203-913-9630

Supporting Thompson’s rail heritage 1856 CT Map

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Thompson Historical Society, Thompson, CT

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 joelindley119@hotmail.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.

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