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Opening Reception – Two New Exhibitions @ Norwalk Historical Society Museum

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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,


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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Closed – Noon-4pm

Opening Exhibition Reception – 6-7:30pm


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


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


Opening Reception…Two New Exhibitions!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

6:00 – 7:30pm

Norwalk Historical Society Museum

141 East Avenue

Norwalk, CT

Access from Norwalk City Hall (125 East Avenue) parking area.
Located next to the Norwalk Health Department, in the red brick house with double blue front doors.

Admission: Free and open to the public



New Deal, New Day:

WPA Artists at Work and Play

Guest Curator:  Valerie A. Cooper – Picture That Art Consultants

The is the first exhibition featured in the Norwalk Historical Society Museum’s WPA Exhibition Room.  The artwork on display highlights the “New Deal” and exemplifies the optimistic feeling of a “New Day”in the careers of the WPA artists who participated in the eight-year, short-lived, yet life-changing national work relief program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935.  There were a range of local, regional and national artwork created for the WPA funded Federal Art Project. On display are vintage photographs, original ceramic vessels and the recently released U.S. Postal Service WPA stamps collection. The WPA mural “Steamboat Days on the Mississippi” will be reintroduced, which was relocated from Norwalk City Hall.

The Norwalk Historical Society Museum will become an official stop on the Norwalk WPA Murals Trail.


Destination Norwalk:

African-American Migration from the South, 1940-1970

Guest Curator: Kathleen Motes Bennewitz

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rev. Dr. Merle Rumble and Rev. Dewitt Stevens, Jr.

This exhibition is an extension of the “Norwalk: Portrait of Diversity” exhibition. It highlights the “The Second Migration” of 5 million black Americans from southern states to urban industrial centers of the North, Midwest and West. Some making their destination Norwalk, Connecticut.   This mass exodus was spurred by civil, economic and educational injustices that made up everyday life in the South.  As the racial composition of Norwalk changed, the City’s political priorities, labor relations, community and cultural expression evolved in these decades of major Civil Rights reforms throughout America.



Norwalk Historical Society Museum
141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT
Access to the Museum is from the Norwalk City Hall parking lot (125 East Avenue).
Located next to the Norwalk Health Department in the red brick house with double blue front doors.


From our Friends…

3 Birds Productions

True Stories, Told Live in Norwalk

Community Storytelling Event – Share a Story or Come Listen!


October 3, 2017,  7:00-9:00pm

Ischoda Yacht Club, 138 Water Sreet, Norwalk, CT

Admission: $10 – includes one drink and snacks, Cash bar thereafter, Must be 21 years.


For More information click here


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, 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.


~~~~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: or 203-846-0525



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


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

Seperack & Company

Two Men and a Truck

Sustainer Level

Crystal Theatre

Dunkin’ Donuts

Stop and Shop

Trader Joes’s

Tuliptree Site Design

Whole Foods


Little Red Schoolhouse Program


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


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: 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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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 (203) 854-7948



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).


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

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


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.