The Suffield Historical Society is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving and disseminating Suffield history.


Suffield on the Green

Stop by our booth! Meet us and see the line-up of programs for the upcoming year.

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2018 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018 11:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Car Show

Free Admission. King House grounds. Vintage and sports cars welcome, no fee to exhibit a car. Rain cancels event. Organized by Norm Noble.

Date: Sunday September 9, 2018 11:00 - 3:00 p.m.

An Evening with Edgar Allen Poe as a Portal to the Past

Campbell Harmon
Suffield Senior Center

Prepare yourself for a dramatic delight as Mr. Harmon speaks in character as he performs "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Raven." He will stay in character as he discusses Poe's life, his death, and the profound influences his work made on American literature. Harmon will answer your questions, dispel the myths of this 19th-century poet, and show how his work affects us today. Be enthralled!

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Terry Mandirola & Jan Peake

Suffield's Polish History

Sara Zak
Suffield Senior Center

In the late 1800s, steamships brought hundreds of courageous Polish immigrants to the United States. Sara's grandfather left his family and homeland, traveled for 10 days in deplorable conditions in steerage, and - like all the others - came with hope of economic prosperity. Using Suffield census records, her own family genealogical research and stories told to her by Polish Heritage Society members, Sara will describe how the ethnic landscape shaped the area.

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Laurie Tavino & volunteer

Halloween Candy Distribution

King House

Come in costume and join the fun on the King House porch!

Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Dusk - 7:30 p.m.

A Substitute in the Civil War Suffield's Civil War Militia

Pam Baldini
Suffield Senior Center

Seventy-three Suffield men marched off to war in May 1861 wearing red flannel shirts made by the women of the Second Baptist Church. Today in the center of Suffield on the Town Green there stands a Soldiers Monument dedicated in honor and respect to Suffield sons who died in the Civil War. From the diaries of William Loomis and other local sources from the National Archives, Pam Baldini brings faces, personal stories and tales of sacrifice from the lives of these men in the intervening years. Explore the details of the Suffield militia, the conscription laws and the substitute soldiers with us. Understand why this rebellion became known as "the rich man's war, but the poor man's fight" because of the purchase of substitute soldiers by many wealthier men.

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 7:00 p.m.

Refreshments: Volunteers needed. Call Jan Peake at 860-668-2553


King House

Our annual public event anticipating the holiday season will include the traditional fire in the great kitchen fireplace, goodies and punch, Christmas decorations and tree, plus this year's exhibit: "Snowmen" - long an integral part of Christmas decor in our yards, on our trees and mantles, and in the shape of our cookies. Come see the myriad of depictions for this Christmas icon.

We trust generous lenders will help make this an enjoyable and happily memorable show.

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Visit Us at the King House Museum!

Open May Through September
Wednesdays and Saturdays 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
232 South Main Street, Suffield, CT
Free Admission

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