Hamden's Sesquicentennial Parade - June 16, 2016 marked the 80th anniversary of Hamden’s 1936 Sesquicentennial Parade. The Hamden Historical Society has digitized and edited 200′ of color and black-and-white film of the parade taken by Dr. Walter S. Lay on June 16, 1936.
Participants have been identified through records provided in Rachel Hartley’s 1943 book, “The History of Hamden, Connecticut – 1786-1936” (Quinnipiack Press). Many notables of the era, as well the Hamden Police and Fire Departments and many other participants are included. Floats from several associations are also featured. The featured speaker was Judge John Gilson, president of the New Haven Colony Historical Society. The video concludes with some athletic competition among high school aged boys at Legion Field.
Schuetzen Park - Check out Julie Hulten's outstanding article on Schuetzen Park, a very popular early 20th century beer garden just over the Hamden line on Welton Street.
Unless otherwise cited or in the Public Domain, all material on this website, including photos, essays, articles and commentary published herein, are (c) Copyright 2016-2019 by the Hamden Historical Society, and may not be copied or republished in whole or in part without prior written permission of the Hamden Historical Society.