Keeney Koolers Concert Series, Tuesdays in July at 6:30 pm

Keeney Koolers 2019 Opening Night
Keeney Koolers Opening Night 2019.

In what is one of the most popular events on Wethersfield Historical Society calendar, the Keeney Koolers Concert Series returns to the front lawn of the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center (200 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT). This summer, two acts are making their series’ debut and, due to popular demand, another band is back for a return engagement. As always, concerts take place on the showmobile stage at 6:30 pm. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, coolers, and your dancing shoes. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will move indoors to the Ballroom at the Keeney. This year’s lineup: 7/12 – Ed Fast & Conga Bop, 7/19 – The Patty Tuite Group, and 7-26 – Mass-Conn-Fusion. Admission is free thank to the generous support of The Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

For more information on this year’s Keeney Koolers series, click here.


Wethersfield Historical Society is a proud recipient of a CT Humanities Summer at the Museum Grant. This programming has been made possible, in part, with the support of Connecticut Humanities and the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal ARPA.

New Exhibit: River, Land, and Sea: Wethersfield’s Maritime History

WHS’ latest exhibit, River, Land and Sea: Wethersfield’s Maritime History is now on view in the Wethersfield Museum’s Watson Gallery. As one of the first towns along the Connecticut River actively engaged in maritime trade, Wethersfield has a rich and long history as a trading hub. Town notables like Samuel Boardman and John Hurlbut are featured, as are the commodities they traded in; the Wethersfield red onion, horses, sugar, and salt. Wethersfield’s participation in the Atlantic trade, the West Indies, and slavery are all  explored. The exhibit sheds new light on the often-overlooked stories of multiracial privateers, Black seamen, and enslaved peoples. As always, admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Support for this exhibit was provided by the Robert Allan Keeney Memorial Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the Farmington Bank Community Foundation. In addition to the exhibit itself, several complementary lectures and concerts  are scheduled throughout the coming year to provide additional historical and cultural context. This programming comes to the society through a grant from CT Humanities. Click here for the complete listing of speakers and musicians.