Programs & Events

From crackerbarrel programs about “Chester’s Characters”  and “Behind the Scenes of 'It Happened to Jane'” to lectures on Connecticut River steamboats and locally made tools, the Chester Historical Society presents several free public programs each year, such as the Vintage Base Ball Game we've played every September with Deep River and Essex teams by 1857 rules.

Two programs are scheduled for November 2017. The first, "The Waterhouse Grist Mill - Chester's Earliest Industry," will be on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. Details are here. The second is "Unsung Hero of the Civil Rights Movement," about Constance Baker Motley, on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. Read about it here.

In February 2017, we hosted a program about the Silliman family and their company.  Read about it here.

The Society also hosts fundraising events to provide for special projects and supplement its annual operating budget.  These have included the Antiques & Jewelry Appraisal and the Creative Challenge.

We are the parent organization of the Robbie Collomore Concert Series, which was founded in 1975. Four concerts are held in the Chester Meeting House in the fall.

With the opening of the Chester Museum at The Mill, we also offer group and school programs.