New Haven Colony Historical Society
114 Whitney Ave
New Haven CT 06510
Contact Information
Address 114 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06510-
Telephone (203) 562-4183 x
Fax 203-562-2002
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The New Haven Museum stimulates inquiry, increases understanding and fosters appreciation of greater New Haven's history and heritage.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1863
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
CEO/Executive Director Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky
Board Chair Charles Granquist
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years

The New Haven Museum stimulates inquiry, increases understanding and fosters appreciation of greater New Haven's history and heritage.


The New Haven Museum and Historical Society was founded in 1862 to preserve the history of the greater New Haven region. The Museum continues this tradition of preserving New Haven history with an extensive collection spanning four centuries and including fine, folk and decorative arts, a photograph archive, and an extensive manuscript collection. Its galleries, programs and Whitney Library offer a wide range of opportunities for visitors. 

From that first group of concerned citizens meeting in City Hall to today’s professional institution, the Museum has played a valued role in preserving the region’s past, celebrating its present and planning for the future.  As a historical institution, the New Haven Museum is always at the critical intersection of looking forward while looking back.   Today the Museum is a resource stimulating all segments of the community to consider the experience of the past while finding their way toward the future. 

Under the leadership of a new executive director since 2012, the New Haven Museum continued the momentum begun during its 150th anniversary year.  Highlights of 2014 included:

Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square, the Museum’s most winningest exhibition, was recognized with awards from the Connecticut League of History Organizations, New England Museum Association, and the Association for the Study of Connecticut History. 


Four new exhibitions were opened: Nothing is Set in Stone: The Lincoln Tree and the New Haven Green; Value Systems; From Clocks to Lollipops: Made in New Haven; and An Artist at War: Deane Keller, New Haven’s Monuments Man.


Thirty windows were restored with support, in part, from the 1772 Foundation, the Lower and Upper Rotunda were repainted, and eight large paintings were cleaned, lightly conserved, and reinstalled in the stairhalls.


More than 30 public programs were offered including family days, concerts, and lectures at the Museum and the Pardee-Morris House, and 885 schoolchildren visited for educational programs and tours.


The Whitney Library served 919 patrons onsite and remotely, while the Photo Archives collaborated with small businesses, nonprofits, and cultural partners.

In 2015, the Museum aims to build its school and family audiences under the leadership of a new education director and deeper engagement with the New Haven Public Schools.  It will continue to restore and improve the physical condition of its buildings, including the historic Pardee-Morris House in the Morris Cove neighborhood, which is open seasonally for free tours, concerts, and programs. Through participation in training workshops and related technical support, the board will transition its 150th Anniversary Committee into a development & marketing committee. 


The list below contains major projects that will require several years to complete. Some of the projects, including the Pardee-Morris House restoration and the digitizing of several of the collections, have already begun. All will be multi-year projects.

·   Expand storage for the collections in a physically and environmentally secure location.

·   Expand and rehabilitate gallery space. Currently galleries are being used for storage. They need rehabilitation and upgrades including new lighting and modern display space.

·   Upgrade equipment including: environmental systems and controls, computer systems for inventory control and photographic reproduction equipment. A building wide study of equipment and systems need is underway and will provide us with a cost estimate for environmental systems and controls. It will also provide recommendations and a cost estimate for building needs such as roof repair, drainage improvement and moisture control. 

·   Complete an inventory of the various collections. Inventory and digitize the 70,000 photographic images in the collection.  Integrate art, artifacts, images and archives to optimize operational capabilities.

·   Return the Pardee- Morris historic house to historic standards including the barns and gardens.      

CEO Statement
   For one hundred and fifty years, the New Haven Museum has collected and displayed the region's historic artifacts in its museum and library.  The organization remains the focal point for bringing the past to he present with programs and collections relating to our culture, industry, commerce, government, religion, and ethnicity.
   The museum not only provides permanent displays of the past, but offers significant research opportunities in its collections and library.  The museum has an extensive collection of paintings, furniture and decorative arts, as well as artifacts and a wide-ranging photographic collectionfrom the region.  The New Haven Museum also owns the oldest house in the City of New Haven, the Pardee-Morris House dating back to the 18th century, where programs are offered to the community.
   The Museum's mission is to be a vibrant information and cultural center that presents lectures, instructiional programs, changing exhibits, film series, and musical performances.  The goal is to reach out to new audiences and new markets through personal contact, programs and coordination with other regional organizations.
   The New Haven region has changed dramatically, moving from an industrial base to an information, technology and research environment.  The museum must meet the new demands of this environment.  It must incorporate new technologies into exhibits and programs and shift the program emphasis from collecting artifacts to providiing exciting educational opportunities for various audiences. 
   As the environment and the communities change, the New Haven Museum must also change; that is the challenge and the future.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / History Museums
Secondary Organization Category Education /
Areas Served
New Haven
East Haven
Lower Naugatuck Valley
North Branford
North Haven
West Haven
The New Haven Museum serves the City of New Haven and its surrounding region. 

The Museum offers self-guided and guided tours of three permanent exhibits: New Haven Illustrated, Cinque Lives Here, and New Haven’s Maritime Heritage. Presentations of the topics covered in the three permanents galleries along with other topics are available both on- and off-site. Programs in the Museum can accommodate up to 90 people; off-site programs are designed for up to 50 people. Outreach programs have become significant in reaching out to the community and opening the Museum's doors to a wider range of audiences.

A variety of new programs have been introduced that celebrate the diverse cultures in New Haven, including events that highlight Black History and the Lunar New Year. Special programs are designed to correspond with temporary exhibitions. Other programs, such as lectures, focus on local history. The Museum also presents a free Twilight Concert Series outdoors on the lawn at the Pardee-Morris House each summer.
Population Served Adults / /
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. There have been a number of repeat guests who attend the Museum's public programs, indicating that there is great interest in the programs that the Museum offers. 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. The New Haven Museum's public programs offer the opportunity for life-long learners to explore the history of the Greater New Haven region. Furthermore, the programs allow for the community to view the Museum as a significant cultural resource in the region.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Surveys of public programs are left on the seats during each program. There is a high rate of completion of these surveys. Data from these surveys can be compiled and tracked in order to understand the trends in our audience for these programs.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. We have found a number of repeat visitors at lectures and other educational programs.

The Museum offers K-12 school programs for children held at the Museum and in schools. All programs are taught by trained staff and can accommodate up to 30 children. The programs cover a wide variety of subjects such as Amistad: Voyage from Slavery to Freedom; Growing up in the 1700s; Colonial New Haven; Quinnpiac Indians; 19th Century Schoolhouse; and Ethnic History in New Haven. In addition, the Museum offers family programs in order to extend the opportunity for intergenerational experiences at the Museum as well as the opportunity to learn history in an informal setting. The New Haven Museum also attends local community events and offers free arts & crafts activities for children in order to make the Museum more accessible.


Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Families / US& International
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The New Haven Museum's school programs are designed to develop observation, critical thinking and analysis skills in students. Furthermore, the programs allow students to learn in an informal setting, which is beneficial to the variety of learning styles found in the classroom. With hands-on activities and inquiry-based discussion, students tend to retain more information from these programs, which hopefully will inform their understanding of New Haven and other issues in the future.
The family programs are designed to offer experiences for families to spend time at the Museum and realize what there is to see and do at such an institution. Overall, we are cultivating a museum-going culture by offering family programs.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
For school programs, the Museum uses SurveyMonkey to survey teachers who use the programs. There has been a high completion rate. This data will be important in determining how the Education Department can grow and better serve teachers.
For family programs, the Museum hands out surveys to each group that attends the program.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Students consistently send our Director of Education thank you notes for school programs in which they participated.
The Whitney Library of the New Haven Museum is a unique resource center on the history of New Haven, its families, residents, and businesses from the time of the New Haven Colony in the 17th century to the present. Founded in 1862, the Museum's Library provides the materials and assistance required by the scholar and the student of the history and genealogy of New Haven.  Collections include 30,000 printed works, 321 manuscript collections, architectural drawings, maps, broadsides, newspapers, scrapbooks, photographs and microfilm.
The Whitney Library serves over 1,200 researchers each year, including college students, professors, genealogists, local historians and many others. 
Population Served Adults / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
CEO/Executive Director
Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky
Term Start Feb 2012
Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 25
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Operations Officer
Title Director of Photographic Archives
Title Business Manager
Title Director of Education and Visitor Experience
Title Collections Manager
Architecture Resource Center, ACES, Amistad Committee, ArtSpace, CitySeed, Connecticut 5th Regiment, Connecticut Humanities, Connecticut Professional Genealogists Council, Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, Council on East Asian Studies at Yale, Creative Arts Workshop, Elm City Market, Evergreen Cemetery Association, Garden Club of New Haven, Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale, Friends of Grove Street Cemetery, Friends of Vintage Baseball, Hamden Public Schools, Historic New England, Historic Wooster Square Association, History Day in Connecticut, Hopkins School, Junior League of New Haven, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Lancraft Fife & Drum corps, Music Haven, New Haven Free Public Library, New Haven Parks & Recreation, New Haven Preservation Trust, New Haven Public Schools, Office of International Students and Scholars at Yale, Schooner, Inc., Seedlings, Taste of New Haven, Yale-China Association
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce2013
American Association of Museums2014
Board Chair
Charles Granquist
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Nov 2016 to Nov 2017
Board of Directors
Myles Alderman
Kinsey S. Bair
Francis Jay Broderick Director, Beers Hammerman & Co., P.C.
Peter Clement Clement Architects
Caldwell Esselstyn IIICoOwner City Bench
Harvey Feinberg Retired - Southern Connecticut State University
Basie Gitlin
Jack Heflin Retired - Commercial Real Estate Development
Frederick J. Johnson Architect
Anthony J. Lasala Lawyer - Lasala Walsh Wicklow & Velardi
Katharine Learned Director of Facilities - Wellesley College
Erin A. McAvoy Director - Finance and Administration- Chemistry Department - Yale University
Charlotte Murphy
Vivian Nabeta former Director of Culture, Arts & Tourism - City of New Haven
Jeffrey Nichols President - Poplar Forest
Spencer Rubin
Patricia Scussel
Constance Shields
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 20%
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Fine Arts and Collectibles
General Property Coverage
Medical Health Insurance
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Property in Transit and Off Premises
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Automobile Insurance
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $1,050,195.00
Projected Expenses $1,131,762.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$9,816,914$10,102,832$9,685,879
Current Assets$1,459,417$1,038,934$864,339
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$36,097$49,856$41,563
Total Net Assets$9,780,817$10,052,976$9,644,316
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $480,593The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $459,628The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $445,254
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 114 Whitney Ave
New Haven, CT 06510
Primary Phone 203 562-4183
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky
Board Chair Charles Granquist
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired


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