Located on Hanover Street in South Meriden, the Meriden Historical Society Bernice Morehouse Research Center is…More housed in a former bank building.
Previously known as the Meriden Historical Society, it has now been renamed after Bernice C. Morehouse, who was the curator of the research center for almost 25 years. With her passing in 2000, the center was rechristened in her honor.
The center holds an elaborate collection of original catalogs from the International Silver Company and Meriden Britannia. Historical and biographical information is on file for most Meriden businesses. The library in the Center contains books about Meriden and the silver industry as well as pamphlets, maps, catalogs, ledgers, directories and yearbooks.
Donations are accepted and help to upgrade the technology available to researchers. Different types of memberships are available, such as yearly or lifetime memberships for individuals and seniors and yearly memberships for corporations.
The Meriden Historical Society, founded in 1892, serves as the official historian of the Silver City. Run by…More volunteers, this nonprofit organization is funded by donations and by the yearly dues of its members.
The Andrews Homestead, at 424 West Main Street, houses many artifacts from the city's past. The house, a traditional New England saltbox, was built around 1760. Exhibits are mounted there two or three times a year. Tours are available by appointment. Donations are accepted, but not required.
The Bernice C. Morehouse Research Center, at 1090 Hanover Street, serves as headquarters for inquiries about and research on the city of Meriden. The office is staffed on Wednesday afternoons.
Situated behind the Meriden Historical Society on West Main Street, Benjamin Franklin School serves neighborhood…More children enrolled in pre-kindergarten classes until fifth grade. Along with nearby Casimir Pulaski and Roger Sherman Elementary Schools, Ben Franklin received designation as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, which recognizes schools with successful or much-improved student work, particularly in disadvantaged areas. Connecticut Mastery Tests (CMT) given to third, fourth and fifth graders for the past few years have shown a general rise in scores in math, reading, and writing, with math being the school's strongest subject for the latter grades.
As with all of the town's elementary schools, breakfast is provided for 80 cents a day, and lunch is $2.50. The Meriden YMCA also offers daycare at the school before and after classes from 6:45am to 8:30am and again from 3:15pm to 5:30pm.