Historical society meeting to focus on Commodore Hull

Fame and Infamy for the Hulls of Derby and Shelton in 1812 will be the subject of a presentation by Carolyn Ivanoff at the Shelton Historical Society’s annual meeting on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Ivanoff, a Shelton High School educator and independent historian, said she is committed to bringing history, social studies, and literacy programs beyond the classroom and into the community. The meeting will be held at the Huntington Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 19 Church St., Shelton at 2 p.m.

The program will celebrate Shelton’s hometown hero, Commodore Isaac Hull, and his role in the War of 1812. Some historians have billed it the second war for American independence, but hindsight makes a declaration of war by a fledgling nation against the superpower of the day seem like insanity.

Two men from the Hull Family of Derby and Shelton (then Huntington) fought for their nation that summer. Uncle William’s infamous defeat would bring him national scorn and Nephew Isaac’s extraordinary and astonishing naval victory would bring him a national fame. Travel back to that summer of 1812 and the events of the nation’s most unpopular war and the heroic feats of Shelton’s greatest hero.

There will be a brief business meeting prior to the presentation. The meeting is free and open to the public, though donations are welcome. Refreshments will be served. In case of inclement weather, refer to the Shelton History Center’s Facebook page.

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. The Brownson House displays the 1913 lifestyle of a middle-class farm family while the Wilson Barn exhibits the 300-year history of Shelton. There is a one-room school and a carriage barn containing horse- drawn vehicles as well.

Shelton Historical Society maintains its collections, which includes newspaper clippings, business ledgers, personal diaries and letters, scrapbooks and material culture artifacts at Shelton History Center. For more information, call (203) 925-1803.