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World War I Illustrators of America-How Harry Townsend and F.C. Yohn Help Win the War

HOME Three Part Lecture Series Commemorating the Centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI Second Lecture World War I Illustrators of America How Harry Townsend and F.C. Yohn Helped Win the War with James Thompson Last Night of the War by Frederick Coffay (F. C.) Yohn Purchase Tickets Tuesday, June 27, 2017 7:00pm James Thompson, [...]

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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 Avenue, Norwalk, CT
The Museum is in the red brick house with double blue front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department

Museum Hours

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

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Three Part Lecture Series

Commemorating the Centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI

Second Lecture

World War I Illustrators of America

How Harry Townsend and F.C. Yohn Helped Win the War

with James Thompson

Last Night of the War by Frederick Coffay (F. C.) Yohn

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

7:00pm

Purchase Tickets

James Thompson, author of Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created Their Art and its sequel, Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created America, will commemorate two of Norwalk’s greatest artists. Harry Townsend and Frederick Coffay (F. C.) Yohn, both well-known before WWI, secured lasting fame with works they produced during the Great War.

Townsend was recruited into the American Expeditionary Force to create a pictorial history of “our boys” in the field. Yohn spent the war in his New York studio depicting the hardship and heroism of the men who were “making the world safe for democracy”. Yohn’s images were seen by untold numbers of readers of America’s most popular magazines. Thompson will explain how Uncle Sam used the art of men like Harry Townsend and F. C. Yohn to win the war, and how the images they created reshaped the way Americans perceived themselves. He will present examples of both man’s work and show how they became stars in the constellation of American Illustration.

Admission: $5

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Net proceeds support the Norwalk Historical Society educational programs and exhibits.

 

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Mill Hill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT

Follow signs for parking

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Silvermine: Celebrating Its Art, History and Beauty

with Samuel Schmitt

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

6:30pm

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Discover Silvermine’s rich history during this celebratory lecture, by author Samuel Schmitt.  Schmitt is the author of the new Images of America book: Silvermine. Signed copies of the book will be for sale after the presentation.

Silvermine is known today for its natural beauty, its Arts Center, and home to the former Silvermine Tavern, but few are aware of its rich history. Encompassing sections of New Canaan, Norwalk and Wilton, CT, learn how Silvermine went from a small mill town during the 18th and 19th centuries to a vibrant artist colony, when in the early 20th century, artists came to the area, attracted by the scenery, proximity to the art scene in New York, and the old mills which proved ideal studios.

These artists formed the Silvermine Guild of Artists, a haven for art of all kind.  The high quality of the work of the early Silvermine artists compares favorably with the members of the better known colonies in Old Lyme and Cos Cob.

On view in the 1835 Town House at Mill Hill, where the lecture will be presented, is a new salon-style art exhibit, Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art, which features the works of many Silvermine Guild artists from the early to mid 20th century.

Admission: $5

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Light refreshments will be served

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Net proceeds support the Norwalk Historical Society educational programs and exhibits.

 

In Partnership

Norwalk Association of Silvermine Homeowners


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Mill Hill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT

Follow signs for parking

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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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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.