Three New Historic Plaques

Derby History Plaques
Click on the plaques for a more readable version.

Thanks to a grant to the Derby Historical Society from the Valley Community foundation, three new plaques were installed just in time for the 4th of July. The plaques are the latest to be added to the collection of plaques being installed in the run-up to Derby's 350th birthday on May 13, 2025.

The plaque project is a private/partnership effort to install historic signage throughout the old Borough of Birmingham (and possibly the entire city) to serve as a reminder of Derby's past not only for now, but for future generations. Eventually, there will be between 25 and 30 plaques.

The three plaques installed today by Derby Public works brings the total installed to date to 13, but there are two others to be installed soon and two others currently in production.

The three added today (and one more still to be decided) were made possible by a generous grant from the Foundation to support nonprofit groups that have been part of Derby's rich history. Commenting on the new plaques, Sharon Closius of the Foundation said, "The Valley has an incredible history, especially Derby getting ready to celebrate its 350th anniversary. I am grateful to see these plaques installed on these historic sites. They will help remind us of our proud past.”

Today's plaques tell the story of Derby's oldest public library (Derby Neck Library),  a fraternal organization that will celebrate it's 125th anniversary next year (The Elks), and a senior housing building that started life as the Derby High School (Hallock's Landing). Each of the plaques in the project tells part of the unique history of Connecticut's smallest city. An interactive Google map showing all of the current sites and some other possibilities can be found by clicking here.

If you or any organization has a facility in the city of historic significance, you can become part of this effort with your own plaque. Simply send us and email, and we will reach out to you to provide information and make arrangements.

Story posted on July 3, 2024

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