Lake Garda 2nd Grade Field Trip

Earlier this week the Burlington Historical Society hosted Lake Garda’s second grade field trip to the Elton Tavern and Center Schoolhouse. Hands-on lessons were provided by BHS board members Barbara & Jerry Carchedi, Laurie Arel, Leslie Siek and Beth Salsedo.

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BHS Accepts Award from Girl Scouts

On May 17th, BHS President Beth Salsedo and BHS Board Member Sarah McCusker accepted an award and generous donation from the Foothills Girl Scouts during their 2019 Bridging Ceremony. BHS was recognized for the years of support they have provided to the Girl Scouts in our community. Thank you and congratulations to all the girls scouts!!

BHS Annual Passport Program Begins April 10

It’s that time of year again! Soon the 2nd grade students at Lake Garda Elementary School will begin exploring Burlington and filling up their passports by visiting historical locations around town.

Important dates to remember!

  • April 10 & 11 – 2nd grade classroom visits by the Historical Society
  • May 29 & 30 – 2nd grade field trips to the Elton Tavern
  • June 3 – All Passports are due to back to the teachers
  • June 6 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm – Join us at the Elton Tavern for a celebration party

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Volunteer Opportunities

Want to give back to your community?

The Burlington Historical Society is a small, all-volunteer organization, and we need your help in fulfilling our mission of preserving and promoting Burlington’s history.

We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with tours, open houses, and educational programs at the Elton Tavern and the Center Schoolhouse. Opportunities including:

Memorial Day open house (Monday, May 27, before and after Burlington’s Memorial Day parade)
Connecticut Open House Day (Saturday, June 8)
Open Schoolhouse Days (Sundays during the summer)
Tavern Day (Sunday, September 15)

We also run a “Passport Program” in conjunction with Lake Garda Elementary School. Lake Garda second graders do a unit on local history; take a field trip to the Tavern, Town Hall, and the Center Schoolhouse; and have the opportunity to complete a “passport” by visiting historic sites around town. We need volunteers to assist with school visits (late April/early May, during the school day), the field trip (end of May, during the school day), and the celebration party for participants (early June, evening).

We have opportunities that can fit into any schedule — whether you are available for one hour or ten, daytime or evenings, workweek or weekend, whether you want to work with children or adults — there are ways you can help. We will provide any necessary training.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact BHS Programs Coordinator Sarah McCusker for more information at

Thank you!
BHS Board of Directors