Recent Events

  • Member of Infantry Division That Liberated Dachau Concentration Camp Gives Talk

    10/28/2018 – 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Yeomans Hall, Columbia CT. Rt. 87

    The Columbia Historical Society is pleased to have Ben Cooper, a WWII veteran, with family ties in Columbia, as our guest speaker on Sunday, October 28th at 2:00 PM in Yeomans Hall on Rt. 87.

    Ben Cooper’s Infantry division liberated the Dachau concentration camp on April 29, 1945. Cooper was so traumatized, so heartbroken, over what he had witnessed that it took him 45 years to talk about it.  Once he did, he found that sharing his experience was a healing process for himself and an eye-opener for those who listened.  “Telling my story continues to be my mission. It is crucial to preserving history,” Cooper says.

    For years Cooper didn’t tell his wife or children what he saw at Dachau. He didn’t tell anyone. He couldn’t.

    “I had it hidden here,” Cooper says. “And it bothered me. It just, like festered there all the time. and I couldn’t talk to anybody about it. There was no one to talk to, you know. That’s why I didn’t talk for 45 years.”

    “But now I do. Now I want people to know it happened.”  Ben has told his story numerous times – to high schools, colleges, civic groups and to historians at the Veteran’s History Project.  (Excerpts from HEARTBEAT Nov/Dec Issue 2017)

    Light refreshment will be served.  An afternoon not to be missed.


  • The Columbia Community Dog Show

    09/29/2018 – 10:00am - 12:00pm
    The Pavilion at Rec. Park, Hennequin Rd. Columbia, CT

    Registration starts at 9:30. The Dog Show starts at 10

    All Friendly Dogs and Owners Welcome or just Come and Have Fun.

    Enter your dog in one or more categories:

    Best Personality                                         Most Peculiar

    Bravest                                                         Best Nose

    Best Tail                                                       Happiest

    Most Beautiful                                            Best Ears

    Cutest                                                           Best Trick

    Best in Show

    $2.00 for one category, $8.00 for five categories, $13.00 for 10 categories.

    The winner of each category will compete in best in show.

    Rain Date – Saturday, September 30th  9:30 – 12

    Presented by the Columbia Historical Society

  • The Third Annual Columbia Classic Car Show "CRUISE-IN"

    09/09/2018 – 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Horace W. Porter School Rt's 66 & 87 (Across from the Fire Station)

    Sunday, Sept 9, 2018 10:00am – 2:00pm
    Vehicle Registration Starts at 9:00am. Rain Date: Sept 16 Motorcycles are Welcome.

    Join us for a great family event with Food & Beverages, 50/50 Raffle, Goodie Bags, Face Painting & Animal Balloons.

    Spectators – Free Admission & Parking
    Show Vehicles & Motorcycles: $10 Donation.Bring Your Cruise Buddies & Spread the Word.
    10 “Favorites” Trophy Categories.

    Benefit for:
    Columbia Recreation Field Fund
    Columbia Volunteer Fire Department
    Columbia Historic Preservation

    For Car Show Information: or 860 228-8513 ext. 17
    Facebook: ColumbiaCTClassicCarShow

    The Third Annual Columbia Classic Car Show "CRUISE-IN"

  • Columbia Lake - through the Years

    08/12/2018 – 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    The History Place

    On May 20th, the Columbia Historical Society will open it’s first exhibit in its new home, The History Place (Across Rt. 87 from the Library). On Selected Sunday afternoons through October, the exhibit will be open to the public at no cost.

    The exhibit will trace the history of the Columbia Lake Watershed from its early use by Native Americans, to its industrial uses during the 18th & 19th centuries, and its recreational use since the early twentieth century. It also examines the more recent history of stewardship by the town and private groups, to ensure that it provides scenic and recreational resources for humans and important habitat for wildlife well into the future.

    A special “Go Fish” game will be offered to children twelve and under who visit the exhibit and learn about the fish who live in the lake. Participants will be entered into a free drawing with the chance to win fishing equipment prizes.

    Sunday May 20, 1-4
    Sunday June 3, 1-4
    Sunday June 17, 1-4
    Wednesday July 4, 9-12
    Sunday July 22, 1-4
    Sunday August 12, 1-4
    Sunday August 26, 1-4
    Sunday September 16, 1-4
    Saturday October 20, 12:30-4

    Associated Activities:
    Sat. June 2, 1-3pm – Utley Mills & Lake Watershed walk. Leaders – Joan Hill & Ann Dunnack. Meet at rear of Recreation Park (60 Hennequin Rd) at 12:45

    July 15 & August 19 3PM & 4PM, Historical Float trips on Columbia Lake. Prior registration is required at or 860 729-5472.

    Sat. October 20, 11-12am – Lake Brook Ravine Walk. Details will be published in Walktober brochure.

    Columbia Lake - through the Years

  • Columbia Historical Society Annual potluck, meeting & program - "Katherine Hepburn: From Hartford to Hollywood."

    04/27/2018 – 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Columbia Congregational Church, 325 Rt 87, Columbia, CT

    Potluck dinner starts at 6:00pm followed by the meeting. Please bring a dish to share.

    Taylor McClure will present information about Katherine Hepburn, from Hartford to Hollywood. Program starts at 7:00

  • "Harvesting Stones" Documentary

    03/11/2018 – 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Beckish Senior Center, 188 Rt. 66, Columbia, CT

    The documentary tells the stories of Jewish farmers who came to eastern CT from the 1890s to the mid 1900s. Open to the public. Light refreshments.


    09/24/2017 – 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Yeoman's Hall, Columbia

    Dr. Ben. Franklin – entrepreneur, printer, author, scientist, inventor, statesman, ambassador and one of America’s Founding Fathers – was an extraordinary man in any century. To call him a “Renaissance Man” is an understatement. Join us to discover:

    Why he became the most famous American in the 18th Century.

    Why he never patented his inventions.

    His ways to wealth and success as a businessman.

    How he eliminated his competition.

    His 1764 connection to Columbia, Ct.

  • The Columbia Community Dog Show

    09/23/2017 – 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Pavillion at Rec. Park, Columbia CT.

    All Friendly Dogs and Owners Welcome or just Come and Have Fun.
    Time 10:00 – 12:00, Registration is at 9:30

    Enter Your Dog in one or More Categories:

    Best Personality
    Best Tail
    Most Beautiful
    Most Peculiar
    Best Nose
    Best Ears

    The winner of each category will compete in best in show.

    $2.00 for one category, $8.00 for Five categories, $13.00 for 10 categories.

    Rain date – Saturday, Sept. 30th, 9:30 – 12

  • 2nd Annual Columbia Classic Car Show Cruise In

    09/10/2017 – 11:00am - 3:00pm
    H.W. Porter School, Columbia CT. Rt. 66 across from the Fire Station

    Join us for a great family event with food & beverages, 50/50 raffle, goodie bags, face painting & animal balloons. Sept 10th from 11am – 3pm.

    Spectators FREE with FREE parking. Show vehicles/Motorcycles: $10 donation. Bring your cruise buddies & spread the word. 10 “Favorites” Trophy Categories. NO DOGS NO BURNOUTS or ALCOHOL.

    Vehicle registration starts at 9am. Rain date Sept. 17

    Benefit for: Columbia Rec Program Assistance Fund
    CT Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    Columbia Historic Preservation

    2nd Annual Columbia Classic Car Show Cruise In