It’s a Best Kept Secret…But Shouldn’t Be
New Haven’s Ethnic Heritage Center
Founded in 1988, the Ethnic Heritage Center (EHC) is a stellar example of working together. It is a non-profit ethnic archives, museum, and research center based on the campus of Southern Connecticut State University. The EHC is the result of a two-decade-long association of five Connecticut-based ethnic historical societies with a wide range of partners in the community and among Southern faculty and students. The following organizations comprise the EHC:
- The Greater New Haven African-American Historical Society
- The CT Irish-American Historical Society
- The Italian-American Historical Society of CT
- The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven
- The CT Ukrainian-American Historical Society
Founded in 1979, the Italian-American Historical Society of Greater New Haven’s — now the Italian-American Historical Society of Connecticut — purpose has been to celebrate and perpetuate the concept of the Italian heritage in America through the preservation of documents, artifacts, photographs, and videotaped oral histories.
The Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven began humbly in Harvey N. Laden’s Central Avenue home. . Since its origin in 1976, the society has been collecting and cataloguing the greater New Haven Jewish community’s eventful past, publicizing its history and preserving its heritage for future generations.