Roger Sherman's legacy in American history has long been secure.

The Massachusetts native established himself as a principal player during the United States' fight for independence as a Connecticut politician and went on to become mayor of New Haven and a United States senator from this state.

For many years, Sherman lived in New Milford, owning a home on the site where Roger Sherman Town Hall has stood for a century and a quarter.

To remind and educate current and future residents about New Milford's pride in its link to Sherman, the Roger Sherman Daughters of the American Revolution recently dedicated a display at town hall, which was re-baptized as Roger Sherman Town Hall.

"The DAR is proud and honored to have been asked to provide a suitable display of documents and pictures dedicated to the renaming of the town hall to Roger Sherman Town Hall," said Judy Messer, regent of the DAR's local chapter.

"The impetus for this project came as a result of Roger Sherman being inducted into the Connecticut Hall of Fame one year ago," she said. "The project has also been a great opportunity for our chapter to acknowledge the placing of the bronze tablet, which the Roger Sherman chapter Daughters donated and dedicated in 1897."

The plaque is to the left of the front entrance.

She acknowledged the town hall had originally been called Roger Sherman Memorial Town Hall.

Messer credited former town Councilman Ray O'Brien and Mayor Pat Murphy for their roles in the DAR's efforts.

Among those thanked by Messer for their efforts in coordinating and finishing the display was local author and historian Michael-John Cavallaro, a member of the town's Conservation Commission.

The display, a three- by four-foot framed piece with brick red matting, is located just to the right of the entrance to the town clerk's office at town hall.

It contains numerous prints, photos, maps and other artifacts representing Roger Sherman's role in state and national history, as well as the town hall's history.

-- Norm Cummings