West Haven Historical Society president Carole A. Laydon McElrath has compiled many unique, previously unpublished photographs and documents from the society's Bayer Archival Center, city records, and private collections to create West Haven Revisited.
West Haven Revisitedby Carole A. Laydon McElrath
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For more than 350 years, the hardy southern New England coastal town of West Haven has made its mark on the nation's history. From the days when Pres. George Washington's fledgling government gave permission to install a dike at Oyster River to Pres. Barack Obama's recognition of the West Haven Black Heritage Committee's leaders, the town has reflected, in miniature, the growth of America. Important people like movie theater mogul Sylvester Z. Poli, his granddaughter Jeanne Poli, and the entrepreneurs who created Savin Rock Amusement Park helped shape West Haven's development. The town's history was also impacted by Queen Victoria and Robert Todd Lincoln's correspondence concerning the rededication of the Campbell grave site, the "Razorbacks connection," and the 1882 murder of Jennie Kramer.
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