Shelton Historical Society to host author, archivist

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A fireplace mantel inside the circa 1820s Brownson House of the Shelton Historical Society.

The Shelton Historical Society will host a local archivist at its annual meeting on Sunday, Feb. 1.

Michael Dooling, the archivist at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, former news librarian at the Republican-American newspaper, and author of five historical books, will present examples of how archives are located and used by researchers.

The presentation gives an overview of the types of archives. One case study relating to research conducted about the history of Charles Island off the coast of Milford provides real-life examples that local history isn’t just local.

Dooling has written dozens of historical articles for the Republican-American, Connecticut Explored, Log of Mystic Seaport and Naval History. His books include An Historical Account of Charles Island, Milford Lost & Found, Clueless in New England, The Haunting on East 27th and Seaworthy Timber.

Meeting at Huntington church

Shelton Historical Society maintains its archival collections, which includes business ledgers, personal diaries and letters, late 19th and early 20th Century maps, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and ephemera at Shelton History Center. On display at the meeting will be some treasures from the collections.

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A refurbished sign post, where flyers (or hand bills) would be posted in the old days, is one of the artifacts from yesteryear on the Shelton History Center property. In the background is the Wilson barn from the early 1860s.

The meeting is free and open to the public, though donations are welcome. It will be held at 2 p.m. at the Huntington Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 19 Church St. There will be a brief business meeting prior to the presentation.

Refreshments will be served.

The Shelton Historical Society owns Shelton History Center, a museum complex of six historic buildings located just north of the Huntington Green, and strives to provide programs of historical interest to the community.

For more information or directions call 203-925-1803 or visit sheltonhistoricalsociety.org.

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