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Celebrating Earth Day! Time Machines to the Past: Connecticut Town Greens

HOME ______________________________________________________________ Celebrating Earth Day! Time Machines to the Past: Connecticut Town Greens Guest Speaker and author: Eric Lehman Sunday, April 22, 2018 2:00pm Purchase Tickets Online Tickets: $5.00 Refreshments following lecture ~~~ Town Greens are thought of as relics of another time, but as residents of Connecticut they are part of our lives. In [...]

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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.  Please check the Norwalk History Room website for open hours.

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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

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Special Hours

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May 5, 2018

Opens at 2:00pm

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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
*Margaret Hoyt Smith: First Norwalk Female Architect, curated by Lynn Friedman

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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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Celebrating Earth Day!

Time Machines to the Past:

Connecticut Town Greens

Guest Speaker and author: Eric Lehman

Sunday, April 22, 2018

2:00pm

Purchase Tickets Online

Tickets: $5.00

Refreshments following lecture

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Town Greens are thought of as relics of another time, but as residents of Connecticut they are part of our lives.

In fact, over 170 public spaces remain on which we can walk where our ancestors and predecessors walked.

Author Eric D. Lehman will tell the remarkable story of these time machines that put us in touch with thousands of people over hundreds of years, from the past to the future.

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Mr. Lehman will be selling and signing copies of his book, “Connecticut Town Greens”.

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If weather permits, we will take a short stroll to Norwalk’s Historic Green.

 

Venue

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

Limited parking onsite.

Follow signs for overflow parking across the street.

 

About Eric D. Lehman

Eric D. Lehman is the director of creative writing at the University of Bridgeport and has stories, reviews, and essays in dozens of magazines and journals. His dozen books include Connecticut Town Greens, A History of Connecticut Food, the Insiders Guide to Connecticut, and Becoming Tom Thumb, which won the annual award from the Victorian Society of America and was chosen as one of the top university press books of the year by the American Library Association. His novel Shadows of Paris won two independent book awards and was a finalist for the Connecticut Book Award.

 

 

 

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In partnership with Connecticut State Library, Norwalk Public Library and Rowyation Historical Society

The Norwalk Historical Society hosts…

Norwalk World War I

Digitization Day

Sunday, May 6, 2018

1:00-5:00pm

 

RSVP Online

Photos, letters, documents and souvenirs help bring the story of World War I back to life.

Norwalk area residents and their family, friends, and neighbors are being asked to find their WWI related items and stories that might be tucked away in drawers or trunks so they can be included in this important archive.  The stories, photos, letters and keepsakes can be from anywhere in the world, as long as the person bringing them to the event is a Connecticut resident.

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Venue

Mill Hill Historic Park

2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

Limited parking onsite.

Follow signs for overflow parking across the street.

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School Days! School days! Dear old golden rule days!

School Days: Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time Lecture

Guest speaker and author: Melinda K. Elliott

Sunday, May 20, 2018

2:00pm

Purchase Tickets Online

Admission:$5.00

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There was a time when you could walk through Connecticut and find schoolhouses scattered across the landscape every few miles. Schools were literally everywhere: in the road, at the edge of the tobacco field, on top of a rock hill, or next to the meeting house. Each schoolhouse was made for one teacher to “keep school” for all the neighborhood children. Now in the 21st century, schooling has changed but these now forgotten one-room schools can still be seen. Author Melinda K. Elliott will uncover the stories of the numerous renovated and restored schoolhouses that still dot our state, including Norwalk’s very own Downtown District School at Mill Hill Historic Park.

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Ms. Elliot will be selling and signing copies of her new book, “Connecticut Schoolhouses Through Time”.

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A tour of the Downtown District School , featuring a new exhibition on Norwalk’s one-room schoolhouses, and a lesson with the schoolmarm will follow the lecture.

 

Venue

Mill Hill Historic Park

2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

Limited parking onsite.

Follow signs for overflow parking across the street.

 

About Melinda K. Elliott

Melinda K. Elliott, who lives in Southbury, Connecticut, first became interested in one-room schoolhouses from her mother’s exciting stories of school-room adventures. Melinda is involved in several historical endeavors, including being a director and docent of an 18th century brick schoolhouse. She enjoys historical research and sharing her latest finds through the historical society newsletter, brochures, panel displays, blogs, and a children’s book on local history. Melinda and her husband have three children, all living nearby, and several grandchildren to spoil. They enjoy road trips and are always on the lookout for old grist mills and one-room schoolhouses.

 

 

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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, Mill Hill Cemetery (3rd oldest in Norwalk) and Colonial Herb Garden.

Hours

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

Building Group tour (minimum 6 people) by appointment only .   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.