Salisbury Association Events

Remembering World War 1: Sharing History, Preserving Memories

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Bring your stories, letters, diaries, photos, and other artifacts related to World War 1 and have them digitized to be included in the WW1 collection of the Connecticut State Library. The event is a collaboration of the State Library, Scoville Memorial Library, the Williams-Parsons American Legion Post #70, and the Salisbury Association Historical Society.

Saturday, May 13 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Scoville Memorial Library.

The Hot Shots will perform period music on the lawn. A ceremony will plant new memorial trees at Washinee Park. Jane Muir Sellery will be available for complementary thirty minute genealogical consultations on the hour and half hour beginning at 10 am. Sellery, a member of the Salisbury Historical Society (Salisbury Association), is also the Consulting Genealogist to the Salisbury Town Historian and the Vice President of the Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council

For more information, call the Scoville Library at 860-435-2838.

Go Native!

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

The Salisbury Association Land Trust presents an exhibit on native and invasive plants. This exhibit illustrates how using native plants and eliminating invasives brings healthy biodiversity to your backyard. The exhibit can be seen at the Academy Building – 24 Main Street, Salisbury, CT – Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and some Saturdays 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Call 860-435-0566 for further information.

An opening reception will take place on Saturday, May 6 at 4:30 pm.

Free admission. Donations are always welcome.

Horace Holley: Transylvania University and the Making of Liberal Education

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Outspoken Salisbury native Horace Holley (1781–1827) was an unlikely choice to become the president of Transylvania University—the first college established west of the Allegheny Mountains. Holley ushered in a period of sustained educational and cultural growth at Transylvania, and the university received national attention for its scientifically progressive and liberal curriculum. The resulting influx of wealthy students and celebrated faculty lent Lexington, Kentucky, a distinguished atmosphere and gave rise to the city’s image as the “Athens of the West.” Dr. James P. Cousins, faculty member in the department of history at Western Michigan University will talk about his new biography of Holley, “Horace Holley: Transylvania University and the Making of Liberal Education in the Early American Republic”. Cousins has drawn on a wealth of existing and newly uncovered primary sources, including those of the Salisbury Association.  Cousins analyzes the profound influence of westward expansion on social progress and education that transpired during Holley’s tenure. Dr Cousins will be speaking at the Scoville Memorial Library in a joint program presented by the Historical Society of the Salisbury Association on Saturday April 8, at 4:00 p.m

Closing at Noon due to weather

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Closing at Noon due to weather.

The World Around Us Series. Land Trusts in a Landscape of Consequences: A Global Perspective on Conservation and the Northwest Corner, by Hans Carlson, Director, Great Mountain Forest, Norfolk, CT. Presented by the Salisbury Association Land Trust in Collaboration with the Scoville Memorial Library

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

The northwest corner of Connecticut has a rich history of conservation over the last century. Great Mountain Forest was was one of the first organizations involved in these efforts and remains dedicated to its original goal of stewarding its woodlands in perpetuity. Today it is part of a vibrant network of land trusts and other like-minded, local organizations protecting land for future generations, and now its mission is also to engage with others involved in these efforts. Like all of these organizations Great Mountain Forest  is part of larger global politics and economy, all of which have bearing on local conservation, and Carlson will address some of these issues. It is important to consider how larger political and economic forces will affect our local conservationism, but it is also necessary to see how those efforts can shape things at a global level. Local efforts to protect land must consider people and events out over the horizon, and be part of a larger understanding of stewardship.

 Hans Carlson is the Director of Great Mountain Forest. He an environmental historian, political ecologist, and author. He is the author of  “Home is the Hunter: the James Bay Cree and Their Land”  and “Walking Toward Moosalamoo”,  due out in the fall of 2017. He is an avid outdoorsman who has canoed, hiked and snowshoed throughout New England and eastern Canada. He is also a woodworker and boatbuilder. He holds degrees from the University of Vermont and the University of Maine and has taught in the SUNY system, the Pennsylvania State University system, and at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Meets in the Wardell Room

The Life and the Times of the Town Grove: A Participatory Conversation

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm.Presented by the Salisbury Association Historical Society in collaboration with the Scoville Memorial Library. In every town and city, there are community gathering places around which people have memorable experiences and often define them as being from that place. For people from Salisbury, one of those iconic locations is the Town Grove. Join us as we gather to share stories of life and times at the Grove. A panel of folks whose lives have been tied to the Grove, will give their recollections of events and personalities. Additionally we want  to hear and see your memories. Please come prepared to share and bring any artifacts and photographs you have that help celebrate one of our town’s greatest assets.

Meets in the library’s Wardell Room

Civic Committee Annual Christmas Concert

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 pm. Salisbury Association Academy Building. The Association’s Civic Committee continues a tradition of hosting a Christmas concert in the Academy Building. Oboeist Judith Dansker returns with lutenist Christopher Morrongiello, soprano and harpist Marcia Young, and soprano Alicia DePaolo for an evening of seasonal pieces, wine, and dessert. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the Academy Building either before or at the concert. Space is limited, so please reserve early by contacting Laura Carlson, 860-435-0566 or

Concert poster: ChristmasConcert2016