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Tensions Were High in the Valley During the Revolutionary War

by Robert Novak, Jr. | Derby Historical Society | Oct 21, 2009 12:56 pm | Comments (0)

Imagine it is the late 1770s in the Valley. . .

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Speaking of History . . . And Ambulances

by Robert Novak, Jr. | Derby Historical Society | Sep 24, 2009 9:49 am | Comments (0)

On the 60th anniversary of Shelton’s Echo Hose Ambulance Corps, local historian Robert Novak, Jr., reminisces about early ambulance services in the Valley.

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Speaking Of History . . .

by By Robert Novak, Jr. | Derby Historical Society | Aug 18, 2009 11:09 am | Comments (0)

My previous column detailed where the Bridge Street Bridge and Jersey Street were 100 years ago, in 1909.

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Speaking Of History . . .

by Robert Novak, Jr. | Derby Historical Society | Aug 10, 2009 1:26 pm | Comments (1)

A hundred years ago, Ansonia’s Bridge Street Bridge and Jersey Street were on everyone’s mind.

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Speaking Of History

by Robert J. Novak Jr. | Derby Historical Society | Jul 28, 2009 4:30 am | Comments (0)

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By the mid 1950s, the Cold War was in full bloom, and Civil Defense drills, called Operation Alert, were being held to prepare the nation for nuclear attack. These were the years that children were being taught to “duck and cover” at a moments notice and volunteers scanned the skies for Soviet bombers.

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Speaking Of History

by Robert Novak, Jr. | Jul 21, 2009 6:46 am | Comments (0)

One of the darkest days in Shelton ’s history occurred on July 26, 1934. On that hot, fateful day during a heat wave, eight children joined their friends swimming in the Housatonic River, just above Riverview Park, across from the Yale Boathouse.

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Speaking Of History . . .

by Robert Novak, Jr. | Jul 14, 2009 4:30 am | Comments (0)

When FDR Came to Town

There was less than three hours notice, but the news spread through the Valley cities and towns like wildfire on June 25, 1934.

Within hours, flags were raised, stores closed and the entire route of today’s Route 34 from the Derby-Orange line all the way to the Stevenson Dam were lined with spectators, gawkers, and the just plain curious.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was going to pass through town, on his way from New London to Hyde Park, via New Haven and Danbury.

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Valley History Online

by Robert J. Novak Jr. | Jul 5, 2009 10:13 pm | Comments (0)

Most people associate the Derby Historical Society the red David Humphreys House on Elm Street, Ansonia, or the Day in 1762 educational program. But there’s much, much more to it than that.

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