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Raise a glass to the roof to benefit a piece of Hamden history

Kaye Paddyfote

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A local bar in Hamden is doing what they can to help restore a piece of Hamden’s history.

The tornado that hit Connecticut back in May of 2018, left many areas of Hamden destroyed. A little red house that most Quinnipiac students and faculty pass every day is among those properties destroyed. This house, is known as the Dickerman House. It was the home of John Dickerman, a local farmer, and his family years ago.

The house was later given to Hamden’s Historical Society and they moved its current location on Mount Carmel Road.

Many local residents who have been looking to know more about their town’s history have visited the Dickerman house. But due to the damage caused by the tornado the Dickerman house has not had a visitor in months.

“As you can see we had two trees fall on the Dickerman house right down the middle, and a tree fell on the cider mill and collapsed the roof and side walls right in,” Kenneth Minkema, president of the Hamden historical society, said.

The cost to repair the house could be anywhere upwards to three hundred thousand dollars Minkema explained. Which is now why local businesses are now pitching in to salvage a piece of Hamden’s history.

Today from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Mikro will be hosting their fundraiser, “Raise a Glass to the Roof.” All proceeds will go towards the historical society to help restore the Dickerman house and Cider mill.

A blackboard in Mikro advertising their Cider Fundraiser.

Micheal Dwyer an assistant manager at Mikro bar said they will be having ciders on draft.

Dwyer said, “One dollar from every cider will be donated to fixing these historical lands in Hamden.”

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