Dec 2, 2013
12:38 PM

Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square

Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square

All images courtesy of the New Haven Museum collection

The New Haven Museum is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year with Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square, a major exhibit showcasing one of New Haven’s most celebrated neighborhoods—Wooster Square.

Of the nine squares into which the city is divided, Wooster Square Historic District was the first to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The exhibit captures the heart and soul of Wooster Square from the influx of immigrants and the creation of vibrant manufacturing to urban renewal and historic preservation since its beginnings in the 18th century through today. To draw a complete picture, the exhibit covers places that no longer exist, like the old waterfront on Water Street and the once-bustling rails on Union and Railroad avenues, as well as neighborhoods outside the historic district, such as Grand Avenue and Wooster Street, of course—the place for extraordinary pizza and Italian pastry.

NHM executive director Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky notes that contributions from the public were key in developing the exhibit. “Community research and input provided a rich and personal context,” she says.

More than 200 items are on display, including photos (above, mezzotint of Major General David Wooster drawn by Thomas Hart, c. 1776-78; below, New Haven Bread Co., c. 1917; New Haven Clock Co., c. 1910), posters and products manufactured here from Strouse Adler corsets to jars of Palmieri Sauce. There are also family keepsakes from neighborhood residents—including a vintage pastry cutter and rolling pin from U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro. There’s even a rotating installation of images submitted by visitors.

Events are planned, too. On Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m., author Anthony Riccio presents “The Italian-American Experience in New Haven.”  

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Beyond the New Township: Wooster Square

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