87-Year Old Photographic Maps Offer a Unique Look into Our Past

Some of the most frequent requests we get at the Historical Society revolve around house histories. In Easton, we have well over 200 properties that are listed with the state in our historical buildings inventory. When one discounts the age factor, not of all of these structures Continue reading “87-Year Old Photographic Maps Offer a Unique Look into Our Past”

The Laskay Boys – World War II

Part of the Historical Society of Easton’s series “Easton in the Service.”

Prior to 1917, there had only been two acts passed by congress during the entire history of the United States that regulated immigration: the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 barring Chinese immigrants from Continue reading “The Laskay Boys – World War II”

Digitizing History: A Real Page-Turner

Eli Adams Ledger Index, 1815-1817. (Historical Society of Easton, 70.1.Jan 15)

This January, the Historical Society of Easton purchased an overhead scanner to digitize our bound archives. We thank each donor who contributed and in gratitude, we will be posting updates on our progress. Continue reading “Digitizing History: A Real Page-Turner”

Preserving Easton’s Heritage – Demolition Delay Ordinance

When our ancestors built the first dwellings in Easton, they were much different from the homes we all occupy today. Most houses built in the 18th century were very modest in size, especially when one considers that many families often consisted of seven to ten people. A typical Continue reading “Preserving Easton’s Heritage – Demolition Delay Ordinance”

Anne Baxter – (W)right at Home in Easton

Anne Baxter was rehearsing with co-stars Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy in Noel Coward in Two Keys in 1973, when they introduced her to investment banker David Klee. Four years later, Baxter and Klee were married and began searching for their perfect property in rural Connecticut. Continue reading “Anne Baxter – (W)right at Home in Easton”

Brothers in Arms – The Halzack Boys

First of a three part series on brothers from Easton families who served at the same time in WWII.

George Halzack was born in Bayerovch, Czechoslovakia on January 1, 1894. He emigrated to the United States in 1910, and in 1913 he joined the Army where he rose to the rank of First Continue reading “Brothers in Arms – The Halzack Boys”

The African-American Experience in Easton – The Lost Years

When my executive editor requested an historical article for Black History Month, I was faced with the dilemma of coming up with a significant piece of African-American history that related to Easton. Not an easy task given that our little town has gone for long stretches of time Continue reading “The African-American Experience in Easton – The Lost Years”

Pioneers of Liberty: Easton’s Soldiers in Connecticut’s 29th Colored Regiment

At the edge of the New Haven harbor in Fair Haven sits Criscuolo Park. Sports fields and playgrounds now occupy what was once a bustling port area where the Quinnipiac and Mill Rivers meet. While there is no trace of the Civil War training camp that existed at this spot, since 2008, Continue reading “Pioneers of Liberty: Easton’s Soldiers in Connecticut’s 29th Colored Regiment”

1962 – A Higher Loyalty

Most folks from my generation seem to agree that the late 1950’s and early 1960’s was an almost idyllic time to grow up in America. Polio had finally been conquered, jobs were relatively plentiful, inflation was low, kids who wanted to go to college could actually afford to get a Continue reading “1962 – A Higher Loyalty”

Reminiscences and Oral Histories – the Two-Edged Sword

There is a reason we have statutes of limitation and judges disallow almost all hearsay testimony. The accuracy of memories fade with time and twice-told tales are often riddled with ambiguities and inconsistencies.

As a historian, I often cringe when an account of an event that Continue reading “Reminiscences and Oral Histories – the Two-Edged Sword”