Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Civil War hero addresses Derby Historical Society

DERBY - My daughter and I attended the annual meeting of the Derby Historical Society Sunday. We were among about 50 people there.

Allegra is a docent and a volunteer for the organization, and we both enjoy learning about local history.

The meeting was held in the historic First Congregational Church in Derby, which just happens to be our church. Allegra and I certainly felt right at home!

After a business meeting, Shelton resident James Connery, Jr. portrayed Valley native Col. William Burr Wooster, a Civil War hero
Wooster was a successful lawyer in Derby and also served in the Connecticut state legislature.   

Connery strikes a pose during his talk.

The Society's new officers are:

Timothy Dillon - President
Janis Yakimovich - Vice President
Felicia Monaco - Treasurer
Barbara Jean Garofalo - Secretary

Dillon addresses the members Sunday.

Board member and Civil War expert Carolyn Ivanoff of Seymour, right, presented Shelton resident and board member Judith Augusta with the Dorothy Larson Award for her years of dedicated service.   

Outgoing President William Miller, an Oxford resident, received the David Humphreys Service Award “for his many years of contributing his time, talent and resources to the Society.”

Congratulations go out to Augusta and Miller!


The Derby Historical Society is a regional historical society dedicated to preserving, maintaining and celebrating the rich and varied history of the Lower Naugatuck Valley.

The organization welcomes visitors and is available to support researchers, school or other program needs.

The Society's offices are located at the Sarah Riggs Humphreys House, 37 Elm St., Ansonia.
For information, visit

Some of the information contained in this post was taken from a press release from Paula Norton, Deputy Director, Derby Historical Society.

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