Founded 1972 - 200 School St., Suite 250, Putnam CT 06260
tel: 860-963-6800
Aspinock Historical Society
of Putnam Inc.
News & Upcoming Events!
The Boxcar Museum is open Saturday’s & Sunday’s 11 am – 4pm starting beginning of April through the middle of October.

The Aspinock Historical society just dedicated a 25 year time capsule to be opened in 2048.

The time chest was built in 1997 by Richard Flagg.  Some of the contents are, local restaurant menu’s, shoppers guide, Gertrude Chandler Warner Boxcar museum items, Covid 19 mask with health instructions , Cody Copp cottage info, Putnam municipal complex construction plans and even Mike Bogdanski’s black belt.


Aspinock Historical Society members in the photo-From left: Mike Bogdanski, Ken Evans, Jeanne Benoit,  Society President John Miller, Kathy Zamagni, Town Historian Bill Pearsall, Terri Pearsall and Joy Lizotte. Linda Lemmon photo.

The Boxcar museum will open for the season beginning May 6. The museum will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Located off South Main Street near Union Square, the museum is dedicated to the life and work of Gertrude Chandler Warner, best known as the author of The Boxcar Children books.

The Aspinock Historical society of Putnam recently held it’s annual meeting.  A program was held with guest Maureen Herrara with a program titled “Rufus Malbone and his Horse, Dolly.”  President John Miller welcomed the group and reports from all committee chairs were presented.  Mayor Barney Seney commended all the members on the great job they were doing preserving local history.

Terri Pearsall (curator) with presenter Maureen Herrara.

Ed Perron (retired chief of police), Mayor Barney Seney, Mike Bogdanski (public relations)

Thanks to Tom Borner and the Putnam area Foundation for their grant that paid for the cooling/heating unit in the Boxcar Museum.

Left to right: Jeannie Benoit, Sandra Ames, John Miller, Pat Hedenberg, Bill Pearsall, Tom Borner, Terri Pearsall, Dick Loomis.

The Aspinock Historical Society of Putnam is thrilled to announce the launch of a momentous Capitol Campaign Fundraiser, aimed at securing the society's future and enhancing its vital role in preserving and promoting Putnam's rich history.


The Aspinock Historical Society, founded in 1972, has been instrumental in safeguarding the town's historical heritage. With countless artifacts, documents, and stories, the society strives to educate the community and visitors about Putnam's unique past.


The Capitol Campaign Fundraiser is a landmark initiative designed to bolster the society's financial foundation, ensuring its continued operation and expansion. The funds raised will be allocated to critical projects, including renovating and restoring the society's historic documents, digitizing their extensive archives, and developing interactive educational programs for local schools and residents.


"We are committed to preserving the history of Putnam for future generations," said John Miller, President of the Aspinock Historical Society. "This campaign is an opportunity for everyone who values our town's heritage to contribute to the legacy of Putnam."


The Aspinock Historical Society invites all community members, history enthusiasts, and businesses to be part of this exciting endeavor. Your support will play an integral role in preserving and sharing the history of Putnam, ensuring it remains a vibrant and enriching resource for years to come.


For more information on the Capitol Campaign Fundraiser or to donate, please contact

Aspinock Historical Society of Putnam Launches Capitol Campaign Fundraiser 

• Our annual appeal has started.  You should have received info by mail.


• The Boxcar Museum had a great summer with visitors from all over the world.


• Gone but not forgotten Manhasset Village book is selling like crazy but there are a few copies left.


• The CT. Historical society is getting a loan of Ms. Warner’s items for “Woman Authors of Connecticut” 


• Sandra Ames donated $1,000, matched by Charter Oak Bank in memory of her sister Louise Pempek.


• We are starting a docent program here at the museum and are looking for volunteers for a few hours a week.  Please contact Mike Bogdanski (


• The Walktober Putnam tour by The Pearsalls was a fun and well-attended event.


• We will hold a holiday sale on Saturday, November 25 from 10 am to noon.  Discounts on all-out items for your gift-giving.  Purchases over $20 get the book “Perspectives of Putnam” for $5!


• Connecticut played an active role in the American Revolution, and became a bastion of the conservative, business-oriented, Constitutionalism Federalist Party. The word "Connecticut" is a French corruption of the Algonkian word quinetucket, which means "beside the long, tidal river".

AHS Member Updates

Founded 1972 - 200 School St., Suite 250, Putnam CT 06260
tel: 860-963-6800

Aspinock Historical Society
of Putnam Inc.