about us

location

The Ethnic Heritage Center
270 Fitch Street, New Haven, CT 06515
Phone: (203) 392-6126    
E-mail:ctethnichc@yahoo.com

facilities

The Ethnic Heritage Center is housed in two buildings on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University, at 270 Fitch Street, New Haven, spaces that the university generously makes available to us.  School classes of all ages visit on a regular basis.  One building is dedicated to our public activities and programs (exhibits, author events, lectures, films, meetings; SCSU classes often meet here, in conjunction with our exhibits). The other building is dedicated to storage of the two collections for which the Ethnic Heritage Center has been named custodian: New Haven Public School enrollment records and the Connecticut Afro-American Historical Society, plus Ethnic Heritage Center archives and spillover of less-used material from our member societies. Southern Connecticut State university also provides utilities, security, IT support, and maintenance.

hours

The Ethnic Heritage Center is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., and other times by appointment.

WHAT WE DO

The Ethnic Heritage Center and its five member societies celebrate diversity, while recognizing our common humanity by:

 

The Ethnic Heritage Center has been designated custodian of:

 

Our Goals

 

GOVERNANCE

The Ethnic Heritage Center Board of Directors consists of up to three members and two alternates appointed by each of our five member societies, plus a liaison with SCSU appointed by the university president.

CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE BOARD:

President: Dr. Barry Herman (Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven)

Vice Presidents:

• Dr. Rocco Orlando (Italian American Historical Society of Connecticut)

• Valerie Bertrand (Greater New Haven African American Historical Society)

• Maureen Delahunt (Connecticut Irish American Historical Society)

Secretary: Rose Mentone (Italian American Historical Society of Connecticut)

Treasurer: Donald Horbaty (Connecticut Ukrainian American Historical Society)

Liaison, SCSU: Dr. Aaron Washington (non-voting)

Brenda Barnes (Greater New Haven African American Historical Society)

Fred D'Albero (Italian American Historical Society of Connecticut)

Louise Fitzsimmons (Connecticut Irish American Historical Society)

Dr. Gary Fleischman (Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven)

Albert Harary (Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven)

Patricia Heslin (Connecticut Irish American Historical Society)

Irene Hladkyj (Connecticut Ukrainian American Historical Society)

Gloria Horbaty (Connecticut Ukrainian American Historical Society)

Mary E. Jones (Greater New Haven African American Historical Society)

Vincent McMahon (Connecticut Irish American Historical Society)

Florence Tomasini (Italian American Historical Society of Connecticut)

George Waldron (Italian American Historical Society of Connecticut)

Howard el-Yasin (Greater New Haven African American Historical Society)

Rhoda Zahler (Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven)

A Founder and Chairman Emeritus: Philip Paolella (Italian American Historical Society of Connecticut) 

 

STAFF

ETHNIC HERITAGE CENTER STAFF:

Executive Director/Education Coordinator: Beverly Salzman
Archivist/Librarian: Joan Cavanagh
Assistant: Peter Vollemans

MEMBER SOCIETY ARCHIVISTS
African American: Geraldine Poole
Irish: Patricia Heslin
Italian: Laura Sabatino
Jewish: Marvin Bargar
Ukrainian: Irene Hladkyj

In addition, we rely on the hard work and enthusiasm of scores of additional volunteers from our member societies and interns, as well as work/study students from Southern Connecticut State University.