Berlin museum reopens April 15 

The Berlin Historical Society Museum, 305 Main St., Kensington, reopens Saturday, April 15 for a special reservation-only program. Kevin Johnson, a longtime employee of the Connecticut State Museum of History will portray Private William Webb, a Civil War soldier who fought as part of Connecticut’s 29th (Colored) Regiment.

Johnson has extensively researched Webb, and brings him to life in this Living History program. He has performed hundreds of times to wide acclaim.

The April 15 program is free, but space is limited. To check availability call 860-828-5281.

On Saturday, April 22, the Berlin Historical Society hosts a large group from the Historical Society of Early American Decorating. The group’s convention is in Southbury that weekend.

HSEAD members are most interested in our early tinware collection, and in the history of tinsmithing in Berlin.

While at the museum, HSEAD members will view a presentation, meet with collectors and tour our museum displays. This is great exposure for the museum and for Berlin.

On Saturday, April 29, the museum resumes regular Saturday afternoon hours of 1 to 4 p.m. The museum remains open until mid-December, except for holiday weekends and the Berlin Fair.

New exhibits this year highlight our Wide Awake lantern, and the soldiers from Berlin who served in the Civil War, including newly-discovered biographies of the African American soldiers from our town.

We also debut a recreated Cheney Clock Shop showcasing our collection of Cheney shelf clocks made in Berlin.

Another new Berlin Historical Society exhibit honors Women’s Suffrage and the first Berlin women to vote in 1920.

Berlin Historical Society members encourage the public to visit and learn more about our extraordinary town. The more you know, the more you cannot help but love where we live.




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