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. We're currently rehabilitating 23 Franklin Street which was built by Edward Hempstead and for forty years was the home of Linwood Bland, Jr., documenting the pandemic's effect on New London, and researching sites for a Black Heritage Walking Tour.

Other 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 sea level rise, New London’s whalers of color and the anarchist community which emigrated from Fano, Italy to the Fort Trumbull peninsula.

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