Cultural Heritage Tours

A project of the ETHNIC HERITAGE CENTER

Guides to the Tours

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Lower Dixwell

Take a walk back in time while visiting the Lower Dixwell neighborhood as it is today with its important African American historical sites. The sites include a school built in 1854 for African American children, before the New Haven schools were integrated in 1859, some of the oldest churches which were part of the Underground Railroad, a system that helped escaped slaves journey to freedom in the North, and community institutions such as the Dixwell Community House (known to many as the “Q” House).

The Lower Dixwell neighborhood was once home to others as well. The walking tour includes the former sites of a synagogue, a hardware store, a popular confectionery, and a Police Precinct where many Irish worked.

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Downtown & Downtown North

Enjoy a unique look at New Haven's past! Explore our Downtown at your own pace and discover how New Haven's cultural groups made an impact on the city's social, cultural and economic life. Learn about department store owners Edward Malley and Jacob Shartenberg; the 6th longest running St. Patrick's Day Parade in the U.S.; entertainment entrepreneurs S. Z. Poli (movie theater owner) and Maurice Bailey (Shubert Theater owner); Patrick Goode and Aldo DeDominicis (radio and TV station owners); historic houses of worship including St. Mary's Church, site of the founding of the Knights of Columbus; and the role New Haven played in the Amistad slave ship incident.

It makes a great holiday, birthday, and all occasion gift for anyone who has lived in, visited or plans to visit New Haven!

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Wooster Square

Stroll Wooster Square and see sites such as Sally's and Pepe's Pizza that tell the stories of some of the ethnic groups that settled there before 1970. You'll see mutual aid societies that emerged to help Italian immigrants assimilate to their new homes, a former synagogue that dates back to 1855, the former Strouse-Adler factory where many immigrants worked sewing undergarments, an area formerly known as Slineyville which provided homes for Irish immigrants in the 1820’s and much more.

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