Founded 1972 - 206 School St., Putnam CT 06260 - tel: 860-963-0092
The Aspinock Historical Society is thankful to be a recipient of a donation from the Putnam Bank Foundation, with the goal of strengthening the connection to Putnam’s history and stories.
Putnam Bank knows and is Putnam History, and provides help to charitable organizations in our communities through the Putnam Bank Foundation. The foundation was established to help support cultural, educational, housing, health, social services and other types of charitable organizations working to make our communities better places to live.
The focus of donations from the Foundation is more on project support rather than for general operating expenses or “bricks and mortar" supplies. By making donations to local charitable organizations, the Foundation is working to strengthen the connection between Putnam Bank and the communities we serve.
Over the last couple of years the Aspinock Historical Society has worked diligently to become better known and a more recognized vital and integral part of the overall community, the whole community, from youngest to oldest, to those who have lived their lives in Putnam,and to the newcomers, too.
Steps recently taken by the Aspinock Historical Society, in addition to the many things they have done over the years that have made impact are:
Aspinock Historical Society Gratefully Accepts Putnam Bank Foundation Grant
News & Upcoming Events!
Date: Saturday, August 17
Place: Cady-Copp Cottage - yes another chance to see Cady-Copp!
What: Work Party!
History has proven that many hands make light work!
Email: email@example.com for time and directions.
Join us ~ making history!
Aspinock Historical Society's "Come and See What We Have Done at the Cady-Copp Cottage" event was a huge success with approximately 100 guests on Saturday, July 27, 2019.
The society's goal was to connect their members and the community to the Cady-Copp Cottage, a hidden gem in the rough and often times the subject of their annual appeal campaign fundraisers. The building is literally hidden from view, and although many people had a general idea of the location, no one really knew exactly where it was, how to get to it, what condition it is in, or why it was even important enough to restore.
Curiosity brought the community to the event to learn the history and story behind Cady-Copp Cottage, to appreciate the work that has been done, and to see how much is still to be done. Guests also learned the plans for a completely restored Cady-Copp as a "walk through history" with each room designed in a different historical era. Residents of the home did indeed live through a number a eras.
Cady-Copp Cottage was donated to the historical society some years ago, which was a true gift, yet a great responsibility. As any homeowner knows, upkeep of even a new building is continuous work and expense. The task and cost of rehabbing a mid-1700 built home can be daunting and guidelines must be followed. Aspinock Historical Society focuses on rehabbing the property by applying for grants and reaching out during their annual appeals.
A work day is planned at the Cady-Copp Cottage for Saturday, August 17, 2019. Many hands are needed for all sorts of tasks like painting, scraping paint, yard work. If you love old houses and making history, email AspinockHistoricalSociety@gmail.com for details.
There will be another event at the Cady-Copp Cottage during The Last Green Valley's Walktober. Stay tuned for date and time.
With two very important points of historical interest located in Putnam, the Boxcar Children Museum and the Cady-Copp Cottage, the Aspinock Historical Society is thankful for the chance to connect the community to unique history, and to welcome in visitors from afar.
Aspinock Historical Society Cady-Copp Event Big Success!
Cady Copp Cottage Restoration Project
Recent photos - Click each photo for larger size
The Aspinock Historical Society would like to thank The Last Green Valley for their assistance in securing a grant and also all those who donated to our Annual Appeal fund raising drive!
Aspinock Seeks $15k for Cady Copp and Boxcar
PUTNAM TOWN CRIER - August 23, 2018
PUTNAM - The Aspinock Historical Society of Putnam recently announced its Annual Appeal campaign, “Preserving the Past and Planning for the Future.”
The goal is to raise $15,000. Proceeds will be used to continue Phase 2 of renovating the Cady Copp cottage to make it safe for the public to view and a step in creating a museum of Putnam’s oldest home. Continual maintenance of the Gertrude Warner Boxcar Children’s Museum is also a goal of the Appeal.
2018-2019 Annual Appeal Brochure
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Front of Cady-Copp Cottage
Refurbished Side of Cady-Copp Cottage
This year AHS aims to work on Phase 2 at Cady-Copp Cottage and to make Gertrude's Boxcar Children Museum accessible for all.
People worldwide - including author & historian David McCullough - believe in what we have here in Putnam.
Let's give them all a place to visit, remember, and repeat their memories and our stories everywhere they go!
Mail your donations to:
Aspinock Historical Society
PO Box 465
Putnam, CT 06260-0465
As school kids of all ages have been preparing for and returning to the ringing of the school bells, the Aspinock Historical Society of Putnam has a grade A program on tap.
The community is welcome to the free event, The History of Putnam's Many Schools, slated for Wednesday, September 11th at 7pm at the Board of Education Pempek Conference Room, located at Putnam High School, with best entry and parking from Milton Street.
The History of Putnam's Many Schools will explore the evolution of education in Putnam and will celebrate Putnam Schools - from Cady-Copp Cottage, Israel Putnam School, Smith Street School and many more.
Our "instructors" for the program will be two of Aspinock Historical Society's board members and retired teachers themselves, Louise Pempek and Jeanne Benoit.
There is plenty of room, so bring a friend, bring your school memories and see how things have changed in Putnam's Schools!
Back to School Time - Way Back in Time!
Joining and participating with the Putnam Business Association
Joining The Last Green Valley including listing in TLGV’s Explore Guide
Participating in local community events (such as First Fridays and Rotary’s Volunteerism Expo)
Offering AHS’s programs, based on feedback from the community for time, dates, topics
Promoting further the popularity of and restoring the Boxcar Children Museum
Continuing the tireless behind the scenes research done for many local businesses, organizations and individuals
Taking advantage of the spotlight shown on Putnam by historian and author David McCullough’s current best seller, The Pioneers, which features Putnam’s own Cutlers and the Cady-Copp Cottage, which was donated to the society
Aspinock Historical Society will use this donation from the Putnam Bank Foundation to connect to the public with advertisements on WINY Radio and in the Putnam Town Crier.