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1/4/2024 - Southbury 350th Anniversary Commemorative Book – A Year of Celebration

A book has been published to commemorate the Town of Southbury’s 350th Anniversary year-long celebration. The sixty-page, full color souvenir book was designed by Gosia Liedlich, the town’s Digital Communications Specialist. Writing and photographic contributors included Melinda K. Elliott, John Dwyer, Kevin Bielmeier, D. Noel Imagery and Gosia Liedlich. The book was printed locally by Southbury Printing Centre and all proceeds will benefit the Southbury Historical Society.

The book contains commemorative letters of congratulations from the President of the United States, Joseph Biden; US Senator Christopher Murphy; US Congresswoman Jahana Hayes; Governor Ned Lamont; State Representative Cindy Harrison; Mayor of Hamden, Lauren Garrett; and Southbury First Selectman, Jeffrey Manville. A brief history and historical timeline of the Town are provided by Melinda Elliott, President, Southbury Historical Society and John Dwyer, Town Historian. There is a photographic retrospective of the town, a closer look at the 350th Anniversary Steering Committee, and a recap of the year in words and images. A sampling of the media coverage is included, as are pages dedicated to the 350th Anniversary Community Quilt, the Anniversary Commemorative Poem and Song. All the amazing volunteers and partner organizations who collaborated on the year-long celebration are individually thanked in the book as well.

This printed historical artifact will be archived in a time capsule, along with other 350th Anniversary items, so residents a century from now may look back at Southbury in 2023. Today, the book serves as a souvenir of the year-long celebration. Books are available while supplies last at the Town Clerk’s office in Southbury Town Hall, 501 Main Street South, the Southbury Historical Society, 624 South Britain Rd., and The Cottage at Main at 540 Main Street South. For more information, visit

The Town of Southbury held events and activities all year long to celebrate 350 years of community, culture, and history (1673-2023), aimed at highlighting the past and progress of the one and only Southbury.

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