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Classroom Resources

Essex Historical Society offers a variety of learning resources for students and adults, online or in person. Please contact us to learn more: 860-767-0681 or mjosefiak@essexhistory.orgWe would love to connect you with local history!

Curator’s Corner

Support your social studies curriculum with a ‘virtual visit’ as video clips allow students to examine select objects from EHS’s collections, presented by our curatorial team.

Native Americans

Early Settlement, 18th and 19th Centuries

Powder horns Watch video

Early Rotisserie Watch video

Toaster Watch video

Foot warmers  Watch video

Early Federal Period

Martha Champlin Thompson’s sampler, 1802 Watch video

Elisha Sill’s letter of appointment to the State Militia, 1803 Watch video

Essex as a Seaport

Town Crutch Watch video

Trade and Commerce

Manufacturing & Industry

Piano action, made in Ivoryton Watch video

New objects will be added often. Don’t see your particular topic here? Please send us an email with a suggestion for a particular topic and we will do our very best to support it with objects from our collections. Our team is happy to answer your collections questions in “Curator’s Corner!”


History E-magazines

Shipbuilding, West Indies Trade and Life in a River Seaport

Visit EHS’s e-magazine or about the exploration of the Williams Family Complex & Shipyard, 1689-1845, now buried under the silt and water of Falls River Cove, Essex. Learn about the archaeology, research and images that helped reconstruct this intact story of a maritime industry. View Volume One: Falls River Cove

Centerbrook – Crossroad, Community, Change

This digital magazine explores the village of Centerbrook, from its beginnings as a crossroad of Native American paths to its settlement as an early Colonial farming village to its development as a manufacturing center driven by water-powered mills on the Falls River. Its flat geography contributed to Centebrook’s role as a transportation hub – for cart paths, early turnpikes, the railroad, electric trolley, the automobile and eventually the highway system. Always dynamic, Centerbrook’s story is very much America’s story. View Volume Two: Centerbrook


100 Years of Women’s Achievements

In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provided women with the right to vote, opening up new avenues for them politically, economically, and socially. During the Suffrage Centennial Year of 2020, the Chester, Deep River and Essex historical societies have sought to document 100+ years of women’s achievements in the three towns. We reached out to the general public to submit photographs and stories, seeking to expand our collections about women’s history, which often goes undocumented. The project exceeded our expectations with over 250 submissions, prompting the need to create three presentations arranged chronologically, so that we can include all of these remarkable women.

Trailblazers in a New Century, 1900-1950, is the first presentation. View video.

Hands-On History Visits

Pratt House and Barn

Tour the town’s only house museum, the historic 1732 Pratt House (19 West Avenue, Essex), to learn about life in a Connecticut River seaport village in the 18th and 19th centuries. Explore textile production in our reproduction barn by carding wool, spinning and weaving on a period loom.



Guest Curator

Visit the Hills Academy History Center (22 Prospect Street, Essex) to learn how to handle objects safely with gloves, practice long-term storage techniques and help identify select “history mysteries.” Hands-on in-classroom visit available, also.