Calendar of Events

MRHS membership meetings are held in the Parish Hall of the Mystic Congregational Church, with doors opening at 7:00pm for refreshments and the program beginning at 7:30pm.  All membership meeting programs are free for MRHS members and are open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.

For more information, please contact MRHS at info@mystichistory.org or call 860-536-4779 during office hours.

2022-2023 Membership Meetings

Oct 26, 2022 – Downtown Mystic Businesses 1922 to 1960 – Stephen Davey Glazier

Dec 7, 2022 – A Video Celebration of Mystic and Its 100 Year-Old Bridge – Alec Asten

Feb 22, 2023 – Battlefields of the Pequot War – Kevin McBride

Mar 22, 2023 – Mystic Built: Shipbuilding on the Mystic River – Bill Peterson

Apr 26, 2023 – Rum Runners of the Prohibition Era – Bailey Pryor

May 24, 2023 – The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 – Lou Allyn

December 7, 2022 – Alec Asten

“A Video Celebration of Mystic and Its 100 Year-Old Bridge”

On December 7, 2022, Alec Asten of Firesite Films will present “A Video Celebration of Mystic and Its 100 Year-Old Bridge” at 7:30pm in the parish hall of the Mystic Congregational Church. Refreshments will be available at 7pm.  The program is open to the public.  The program is free for all Mystic River Historical Society (MRHS) members, with a suggested donation of $5 for non-members.

In February 2022, the MRHS received a matching grant from the CT Eastern Regional Tourism District to create a short video documenting the Mystic River Bascule Bridge, in recognition of its 100th anniversary.  Firesite Films partnered with MRHS, the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, and Bridge Marketing to create the video. Because of the wealth of information obtained during the research for that video, Firesite Films decided to create twenty short videos. The first six videos – with a total run time of twelve minutes – are currently on display at the Chamber’s Visitors Center on the Stonington side of the bridge.  Firesite Films has been finishing its work on the remaining videos and will present all of the completed videos at this presentation. The videos not only contain historic information, but also introduce the public to community businesses, local destinations, and merchandise that all highlight the celebration of the Bascule Bridge’s 100th anniversary.

Over the past twenty five years, Alec Asten has won numerous awards as a commercial/music video director, documentarian, and narrative filmmaker. He attended the University of Bridgeport’s Department of Cinema and Television, graduating in 1990 with a BFA in Cinema. Following graduation, Alec became a freelance director spending time in NY, DC, ME, & VT. In 1995, he moved back to southeastern New England to become a staff director/editor at Sonalysts Studios in Waterford, CT.  In 2008, Alec created Firesite Films LLC, a production company specializing in the creation of digital video content based in Noank, CT.

POSTPONED – TO BE RESCHEDULED

October 26, 2022 – Stephen Glazier

“Downtown Mystic Businesses 1922 to 1960”

On October 26, 2022, Stephen Glazier will present “Downtown Mystic Businesses 1922 to 1960” at 7:30pm in the parish hall of the Mystic Congregational Church.  His presentation compares membership listings of the Mystic Chamber of Commerce in 1922 (the year the Mystic River Bascule Bridge opened) with Chamber membership in 1960.  There is a high degree of continuity between 1922 and 1960.  Many businesses were owned and operated by the same families over time, and many of these businesses remained in the same locations. Some merchants changed their focus (from groceries to automobiles; insurance to liquor; agricultural implements to lady’s fashion).

The presentation will also highlight differences between “Summer Mystic” (which was a busy tourist-based economy) and Winter Mystic (when Mystic became a small factory town).

Stephen Davey Glazier was born and raised in Mystic. For over thirty years, his family operated Davey’s newsstand (newspapers, sundries, and ice cream) out of a building situated on pilings over the Mystic River (near the current H&R Oyster). Davey’s store closed following the 1960 fire. Glazier is an Anthropologist and a Theologian.  He earned a Ph. D. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and theological degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Yale. He returned to Connecticut after serving 27 years as Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nebraska, and he is currently a Senior Analysis at the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale.