Help us uncover, share and preserve New London's history image

Help us uncover, share and preserve New London's history

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Ever since we formed over forty years ago, we've been building an appreciation for New London's historic places and advocating for their preservation. More recently, as we are able, we've also taken on the rehabilitation of historic structures.

Highlights of the last decade include

  • leading the effort to develop a master plan for Riverside Park and Hodges Square.
  • collaborating with Connecticut Fair Housing on a lecture and walking tour on the causes and effects of urban renewal in the former Shapley Street neighborhood.
  • preventing the demolition of two downtown buildings.
  • restoring the tombstone of Ichabod Pease, who was born into slavery and, at eighty-one years old, opened a school for New London’s African American children.
  • hosting lectures on mitigating the effects of rising sea levels on South Water Street, on New London’s whalers of color and on the anarchist community which emigrated from Fano, Italy to the Fort Trumbull peninsula.
  • securing funding for and beginning the rehabilitation of 23 Franklin Street, which was built by Edward Hempstead and for forty years was the home of Linwood Bland, Jr., former New London NAACP president.

Thank you for your donation! We couldn't do any of this without the support of our community.