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A Haunting at Mill Hill – 10/14, 10/20 & 10/21

HOME *SOLD OUT* A Haunting at Mill Hill! As the sun sets… the spirits come out to play Take a lantern lit tour through the historic Mill Hill graveyard Hear stories of murders, death and destruction! ~~ Purchase Tickets Online Early Bird Discount Tickets available through October 13, 2017 Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Tours: 6:00pm*, [...]

Upcoming Events and Exhibits

by admin on September 16, 2014

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Research Information:

Most of the Norwalk historical archives (paper), maps, unframed photographs, and genealogy can be found in the Norwalk History Room, located at the Norwalk Public Library – Main Branch, 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850, 203-899-2780 x-15125, norwalkhistoryroom@norwalkpubliclibrary.org.

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Norwalk Historical Society Museum

141 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT

Front entrance accessible only from the Norwalk City Hall parking area at 125 East Ave., Norwalk, CT.

The Museum is in the red brick house with double blue front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Dept.

Museum Hours

Closed – Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Wednesday – Saturday, Noon – 4:00pm. Closed on holidays and special events.

Admission

Adults: $5, Seniors (age 65+): $3, Student (ages 6-22) – $3, Child under 5 years old – Free!

Gift Shop

Visit the Museum Gift Shop for one-of-a kind hand crafted items by Connecticut artists,

Norwalk Historical Society themed items, books, vintage children’s toys & games

Current Exhibits

* Norwalk Collects: Celebrating Four Historic Collections, curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox
* Norwalk: Portrait of Diversity,  photography by Tony Velez
* Eating off the Landscape: The Farrington-Lockwood Dessert Service, curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox
* Self and the World: Experiencing 19th-Century Photography in Norwalk, curated by Elizabeth Avery and graphic designs by Scott Kuykendall
New Deal, New Day: WPA Artists at Work and Play, curated by Valerie A. Cooper, Picture That Art Consultants
Destination Norwalk: African-American Migration from the South, 1940-1970, curated by Kathleen Motes Bennewitz

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*SOLD OUT*

A Haunting at Mill Hill!

As the sun sets… the spirits come out to play


Take a lantern lit tour through the historic Mill Hill graveyard

Hear stories of murders, death and destruction!

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Purchase Tickets Online

Early Bird Discount Tickets available through October 13, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Tours: 6:00pm*, 7:30pm* & 9:00pm*

Friday, October 20, 2017 – Tours:  7:30pm* & 9:00pm*

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – Tours: 6:00pm*, 7:30pm* & 9:00pm*

In the case of inclement weather, the walk through the graveyard will be suspended but the spirits will tell their tales inside the Town House at Mill Hill.

Sorry, no refunds.

*SOLD OUT

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At the end of your tour, enter the NEW historic Haunted Maze… if you dare!

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~~Net proceeds benefit the Norwalk Historical Society’s education and cultural programs~~

The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

For information: info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org or 203-846-0525

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Venue

Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

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Thank You to our Sponsors!

Gold Level

Head of the Harbor South

Silver Level

Collins Funeral Home*Fairfield County Bank

Bronze Level

Aegis Technology Partners*Goodie Girl Cookies

Seperack & Company*Two Men and a Truck

Sustainer Level

Costco*Crystal Theatre*Dunkin’ Donuts

Stop and Shop*Trader Joes’s

Tuliptree Site Design*Whole Foods Market

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The Art of Mourning:

19th Century Postmortem & Memorial Photography Lecture

Photo Credit: Stanley B. Burns, MD & The Burns Archive

Saturday, November 4, 2017

2:00pm

Elizabeth Burns, of the nationally renowned The Burns Archive and historic photo consultant for the HBO/Cinemax series The Knick & Public Broadcast Station’s (PBS) series Mercy Street, will discuss how photographs were used to memorialize dead loved ones with a reverence which is little understood today.  Learn how these photographs were a normal part of the culture, and how they are a testament to a time when the magic of photography offered the hope of extending relationships.  Rare postmortem photographs from the The Burns Archive will be shown.

Admission: $5.00

Purchase tickets online

Limited Seating Available!

Also, see the Norwalk Historical Society’s current exhibits which includes, Self and the World: Experiencing 19th-Century Photography in Norwalk.

Note: The Lecture will take place on the second floor of the Norwalk Historical Society Museum.  At this time, there are no elevators to the second floor.

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Venue

Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Front entrance accessible from the Norwalk City Hall parking area at 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. The Museum is in the red brick house with double blue front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department

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From Lima Beans to Libraries:

How Food and Books Helped to Win the Great War

Sunday, November 12, 2017

2:00pm

In honor of Veteran’s Day and the WWI Centennial, join historians Dr. Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney for a lively lecture and discussion on local contributions to World War I. From gardening, canning and food conservation to prescribing books for servicemen and veterans, there were many ways for people, old and young, to serve. Learn how Nutmeggers mobilized for the Great War, both at home and abroad, one hundred years ago.

Please bring a new or used book to donate to Books for Veterans Drive for the Vietnam Veterans of America

Admission: FREE

RSVP Requested click here

Thank you to our sponsors!

American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary, Norwalk Garden Club and Norwalk Public Library

Venue

Mill Hill Historic Park

2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

Handicapped parking on site only.  All others follow signs to overflow parking across the street.

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Norwalk & Mark Twain:

Being Some Interesting Connections Between the City of Norwalk & Mark Twain

“Innocents Abroad” mural by Justin Gruelle

Sunday, November 19, 2017

2:00pm

How is mark Twain connected to Norwalk?  Join Norwalk historians Madeleine and Ed Eckert to discover the connection during their lively lecture. We all know Mark Twain lived in Hartford and Redding, CT, but how is one of America’s most famous literary figures connected to Norwalk? Discover interesting historic and artistic connections between Mark Twain, Norwalk and WPA artists, one being Justin Gruelle.

This lecture was first produced as part of Connecticut’s 2010 Mark Twain Centennial Project commemorating Mark Twain’s death.

The Norwalk Historical Society’s new exhibit: New Deal, New Day: WPA Artists at Work and Play, features some of Justin Gruelle’s work.  It will be open after the lecture.

Admission: $5.00

Purchase tickets online

Limited Seating Available!

Note: The Lecture will take place on the second floor of the Norwalk Historical Society Museum.  At this time, there are no elevators to the second floor.

Venue

Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Front entrance accessible from the Norwalk City Hall parking area at 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. The Museum is in the red brick house with double blue front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department

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Little Red Schoolhouse Program

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Mill Hill Historic Park

2 East Wall Street

Norwalk, CT

Bring your group to Mill Hill Historic Park or have us travel to you!

Registration open to all school groups!

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Contact us for additional information

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Norwalk Work Progress Administration (WPA) Mural Tours

The City of Norwalk has one of the largest collections of restored Works Progress Administration (WPA) murals in the country.  Artists employed by the government during the Great Depression created 46 murals in Norwalk; 31 are at Norwalk City Hall. Many of the Norwalk City Hall murals depict scenes of Norwalk at work between 1935 and 1941.

To schedule a group tour at Norwalk City Hall: info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org or 203-846-0525

Norwalk Self Guided WPA Mural Tour Brochure Click Here

 

Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT  06851, 203-854-7900

 

In partnership with the Norwalk Arts Commission


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Download NORWALK’S NEW MOBILE APP
See, hear, explore 60 points of interest around town

The Norwalk Arts Commission invites the public to download a new free mobile audio guide featuring 60 points of interest around Norwalk using the Otocast app

According to Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, “Cultural tourism is a growing segment of our economy and we want visitors to enjoy themselves when they come to Norwalk. These self-guided tours provide a free and easy way to enjoy Norwalk’s many attractions. I am certain that everyone who tries the tours will find them to be fun and interesting.” Besides the Arts Commission, the mobile audio guide received support from the Department of Parks and Recreation, Norwalk Public Library, the Redevelopment Agency, the Parking Authority, and the Historical Commission.

 

For information contact: Elizabeth Stocker estocker@norwalkct.org (203) 854-7948

 

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Mill Hill Historic Park

 

Mill Hill Historic Park2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

1835 Town House (Meeting House), 1826 Schoolhouse (Little Red Schoolhouse), 1740 Governor Fitch Law Office, and Mill Hill Cemetery (3rd oldest in Norwalk).

Hours

Mill Hill Historic Park grounds open April – December, 7am to Sunset

Group tours (minimum 6 people) by appointment .   Fee – $5/person.

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Norwalk Riverside Cemetery Civil War Soldier Monument

 

Help Us Restore “Chester”…

…Back to his Pedestal

All donations to the restoration project are greatly appreciated. Please make check payable to: “Norwalk Historical Society” in memo section specify “Civil War Statue”.  Mail to: P.O. Box 1640, Norwalk, CT  06852

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One hundred fifty years ago, in the summer of 1862, President Lincoln faced the specter of defeat. When Lincoln called for volunteers, a thousand men from Fairfield County enlisted in the 17th Connecticut to save the Union.