The Stafford Historical Society, Inc.
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
The Stafford Historical Society was founded in 1962 by a group of local citizens who were interested in preserving Stafford's history. The following year the Society became incorporated as a non-stock corporation and since then have qualified for non-profit 501(c)3 status.
Since it's founding, the mission of the Society has been to
collect, preserve and exhibit materials relating to the history
of the Town of Stafford for the education and enjoyment of present
and future generations. A diverse collection of historical artifacts
from Stafford are on display at the Museum. The Society also maintains
a library with research facilities on local topics, including an extensive collection of photographs and postcards. Lecture, slide, and/or PowerPoint presentations on various topics of historical interest are
frequently provided for local organizations.
In 1982 the Society produced a one-hour, narrated video, "Old Postcards and Photos of Stafford", showing over 300 local scenes. This video received an Award of merit from the Connecticut League of Historical Societies for its "outstanding contribution to the development of interest in local history." It is now available in both VHS and DVD format.
In 1987, the Society was primarily responsible for the identification and establishment of The Stafford Hollow Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Currently, the Society has started scanning and documenting the entire collection of photographs, postcards and stereopticons. Utilizing Facebook, photographs that had been unidentified up until the present are now marked with the names, dates and events, in many instances. The ability with social media to connect to a large group of people has facilitated sharing information and photographs and learning more about the town and her people. Also, an added benefit is that we have received several new donations of photographs that add to our knowledge and collection. All of this will be preserved for, and available to, future generations.
The historic building which serves as our Museum, located at
5 Spring Street, Stafford Springs, This building previously served as the town Library, and prior to that served as the probate judge's office, offices of the Converse Woolen Co, and as the bottling house of the Stafford Mineral Waters Co. dating back to its construction in 1885. The building is on the Connecticut Register of Historic Places. The Stafford
Springs Mineral Spring stands between the Stafford Historical Society and the Grace Episcopal Church.