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Sept. 12, 2021 was declared “Elizabeth Hart Malloy Day” in Haddam

By Kathy Brown.

Sarah Neal, HHS Education Director

The Haddam Board of Selectmen declared Sunday, September 12, 2021 to be Elizabeth (Lisa) Hart Malloy Day. Terry Smith, the president of the Haddam Historical Society, suggested this accolade, and wrote the proclamation.

On Sunday, at 4:00 p.m. there was a public celebration at the Thankful Arnold House. About 60 people attended the celebration. There were opening remarks by Terry Smith. Then Sarah Neal recapped many things that Lisa had done for the HHS and the community. Next, First Selectman, Bob McGarry read the proclamation, which was a surprise to Lisa, establishing September 12 as Elizabeth Malloy Day. After that, the assembled crowd celebrated with food and a toast.

Lisa with her husband David, and their son, Davy

“It has been my honor and pleasure to work at the Haddam Historical Society and Thankful Arnold House Museum for the last 20 years,” said Lisa. “Haddam is a fascinating town with lots of history and stories which I hope instill a pride of place for Haddam residents. The Society has wonderful and hard working board members, volunteers and members all dedicated to preserving our community’s heritage.”

In addition to the proclamation, Lisa received a gift certificate and a special bench created by City Bench, which is located in Higganum. The bench was made from maple trees that were taken down from the Cooke Family Homestead, which is across from the Thankful Arnold House, where Lisa works.

Lisa holding proclamation while sitting on her new bench!

“She is an outstanding, dedicated and skilled director,” said Terry. “I think she is one of the most qualified historical society directors in Connecticut. She is certainly a Haddam treasure!”

Photos by Tim Teran.

First Selectman McGarry reading proclamation

                        ***   PROCLAMATION    ***

WHEREAS ELIZABETH  H. MALLOY upon entering her 20th year as the Executive Director of the Haddam Historical Society; and

WHEREAS ELIZABETH  H. MALLOY personifies the mission of the Haddam Historical Society to preserve, collect, interpret and promote the history and heritage of Haddam for present and future generations; and

WHEREAS ELIZABETH  H. MALLOY organized, conducted and supported Haddam-based tours of houses, cemeteries, parks, industrial sites, kitchens, churches, jail house;  and

WHEREAS ELIZABETH  H. MALLOY has created many traveling exhibits of

Haddam-based historical events, structures and people; and

WHEREAS Elizabeth H. Malloy has written and submitted monthly articles to Haddam news media regarding facts and history of Haddam events, people and buildings; and

WHEREAS Elizabeth H. Malloy has collected, organized and cataloged hundreds of Haddam artifacts, documents, oral histories; and

WHEREAS she is an expert source for local, state, town government and out-of-state inquiries regarding Haddam history and genealogy; and

WHEREAS she was a prime organizer of Haddam’s 350 anniversary celebration; and

WHEREAS Elizabeth H. Malloy has created, conducted and supported many school-based historical/educational and summer camp events for Haddam students; and

WHEREAS Elizabeth H. Malloy has served as President of the Connecticut Historic Gardens organization, is a member of the HK Hall of Fame and has been an integral part of conducting the Connecticut Spring Antiques Show;

NOW THEREFORE be it resolved, that I, Robert McGarry, First Selectman of the Town of Haddam, Connecticut do hereby proclaim, Sunday, September 12, 2021, as 

Elizabeth (Lisa) Hart Malloy Day

In the town of Haddam, and on behalf of the Board of Selectman and residents it is my pleasure to thank Lisa for all of her years of service to our community.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Town of Haddam, Connecticut to be affixed this 12 Day of September, 2021.

Robert McGarry
First Selectman

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