Hello. I am the Greater Naugatuck Valley History Consortium, or GNVHC. That’s quite a mouthful, so you can call me “Gnavihisco,” pronounced “nahvisco.” I am a group of historians from municipalities surrounding Waterbury. They come to me on the fourth Saturday of most months, with the exception of August. Sometimes I am at the Mattatuck Museum and sometimes I am at member historical societies.
My purpose, as stated in our bylaws, is to join together the greater Naugatuck Valley historical societies, municipal and town historians, librarians, museum leaders and all other interested persons with common purposes and goals. Additionally, I will encourage and promote mutual support and sharing of information and resources on the history of our region and communities.
I currently have representatives from ten towns or cities, at least on paper. Like many groups, I have a core of very active members. Some folks come occasionally and a few are on-paper members only…historians who like to know what my members are doing, but who rarely attend meetings.
I am an outgrowth of a statewide convocation of municipal historians held a few years ago at the Naugatuck Historical Society and planned by Sandra Clark, Ron Gagliardi, Bridget Mariano and Dr. Bob Rafford. The response of the participants was quite positive and Bob decided that a smaller, regional group of like-minded individuals could get together to promote and support each other’s activities and goals, so he started me.
I am still in existence, still attracting members. I am now led by Ron Gagliardi, town historian emeritus of Cheshire. We’re currently in the process of deciding if we should only meet 3 or 4 times a year. We’re also looking to attract new members from some of the other towns and cities located in and around the Naugatuck valley. If you are a town historian, a member of an area historical society or just someone who is interested in the history of the area, why not join me. If you are reading this then you already know of my web site and can read my contact information.
The past is our present to the future, GNVHC