Speaking Of History . . .

Speaking Of History

by Robert J. Novak Jr. | Derby Historical Society | Jul 28, 2009 5:30 am

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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 7:46 am

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 5:30 am

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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