Plymouth Historical Society holding series of history lectures; here's how to take part

Published on Tuesday, 7 September 2021 13:23


PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Historical Society announced a series of lectures at Plymouth Congregational Church covering the town’s history leading up to the 225th anniversary celebration in October.

The series of free presentations, which will be held from Sept. 17 through Oct. 2, will be held at the church at 10 Park St.

On Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m., Matthew Malley will present “From the Beginning,” covering the town’s founding and early years.

Then, On Sept. 28, also at 6:30 p.m., Keith Golnik, commander of American Legion Post 20, will speak about “Plymouth’s Contribution to the War Effort.” This discussion will cover famous soldiers from town and the battles they fought in including The Civil War and World War II.

“It will be about notable citizens that served in the military,” said Golnik. “People will also find out how the term ‘gung ho’ originated. It’s origins are close to the heart of Plymouth and U.S. Marines have been using it for years.” Next, on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m., Thomas Vaughn’s presentation, “From Clocks to Locks, Early Industry in Plymouth” will discuss the town’s role in the industrial revolution.

The final presentation will be held Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. Sally Asevica will present “The Impact of the Civil War on a Plymouth Family.” This presentation will be followed by a visit to the nearby West Cemetery, where participants will be able to see gravestones of Civil War soldiers from Plymouth and hear additional stories.

Plymouth’s 225th anniversary celebration will be held Oct. 16 from noon to 4 p.m. downtown. It will be a “street fair” with live music and crafts. There will also be a self-guided walking tour with a guide to Terryville brochure, which will include a scavenger hunt with games and prizes.

“People will be looking for date stones on historic buildings all around town to solve a puzzle,” said Jerry Milne, of the 225th anniversary committee and Plymouth Historical Society. “It should take about a half-hour.”

The Lock Museum will also be open for the 225th anniversary, with an additional scavenger hunt available inside the museum. Terryville Library and Terryville Congregational Church will also have children’s activities.

Also, in October, Milne plans to bring back the “Tale of Two Cemeteries” lantern tours at Hillside Cemetery and Terryville Cemetery. Participants will follow along with flashlights and stop at “mysterious gravestones” to learn interesting facts about the town’s history.

For more information, call 860-921-6118 or visit

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth, Terryville on Tuesday, 7 September 2021 13:23. Updated: Tuesday, 7 September 2021 13:25.