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Glitter Ornament Making for Adults

Home Glitter Ornament Making for Adults with Laurie Davis the Glitter Fairy! Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (Snow Date: December 13, 2016) 7:00 – 9:00pm Create Laurie’s signature glitter pear ornament Box and gift tag included! Cost: $35 Payment and registration required by Friday, December 2nd. Limited seating! Mill Hill Historic Park Town House 2 East [...]

Upcoming Events and Exhibits

by admin on September 16, 2014

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Glitter Ornament Making for Adults

with Laurie Davis the Glitter Fairy!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

(Snow Date: December 13, 2016)

7:00 – 9:00pm

Create Laurie’s signature glitter pear ornament

Box and gift tag included!

Cost: $35

Payment and registration required by Friday, December 2nd.

Limited seating!


Mill Hill Historic Park

Town House

2 East Wall Street

Norwalk, CT

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

 

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New Exhibit!


Curated by Elizabeth Avery
Graphic design by Scott Kuykendall

The exhibit explores how everyday Norwalkers used and experienced photography in the second half of the 19th century.  Beginning with the daguerreotype invented in 1839 through the rise of amateur photography around the turn of the 20th century.  Although this history is not unique to Norwalk, the exhibit will tell the story of early photography through images of Norwalk residents and objects owned by Norwalkers.

View never before seen daguerreotypes, family portraits, cartes de visite photographs, plate glass negatives and an original early Kodak camera, which help tell the story of the early age of photography and its influence on the people of Norwalk.  Also on display are 19th century stereoscopes (stereo viewers) which were America’s most popular form of entertainment in the 1800′s and 1900′s. Visitors will have an opportunity to touch and view stereo cards through a modern 21st century stereoscope.  The role of the photographer is also celebrated, which includes a female amateur photographer Ada Betts, African-American photographer Augusts Washington and American Civil War photographer Edward Tompkins Whitney.

Norwalk Historical Society Museum
141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT
Located in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Dept.
Parking available on Norwalk City Hall campus, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

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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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Meet the Artist

A monthly program featuring a Connecticut artist and artisan from the Norwalk Historical Society Museum’s gift shop.

Featured Artist  November, 2016

Karen Ponelli

 

This month’s featured artist at The Norwalk Historical Society Museum Gift Shop is Karen Ponelli. Her one of kind scarves, hand-dyed silk flower accessory pins, matted artwork, hand painted gift wrap and stationary items will also be available.

About Karen Ponelli

Local artist/designer Karen Ponelli contemporary art techniques are transformed into scarves and accessories.  She will be selling unique silk and textured scarves from her new line of contemporary artwork.  Some of her scarves were created by a California based company using the artists’ paintings and designs to produce wearable products.  In addition, Ponelli will have her one of kind scarves available that she creates from start to finish, which includes selecting and hand-dyeing the fabrics. Her hand-dyed silk flower accessory pins, matted artwork, hand painted gift wrap and stationary items will also be available.

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Venue:

Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT .  Front entrance from Norwalk City Hall parking area (125 East Ave.), next to Norwalk Health Dept. The Museum is in the red brick building with blue double front doors.

Regular Hours:

Wednesday – Saturday, Noon – 4pm, except holidays and special events.

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2016 Little Red Schoolhouse Program

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

Program is also open to non-school groups.

Contact us for additional information.

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Norwalk Historical Society Museum

Norwalk Historical Society Museum- 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT  - Entry only from Norwalk City Hall parking lot area at 125 East Avenue.

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

 

 

Special 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

Gift Shop:

The Norwalk Historical Society Museum gift shop is light filled and inviting!  Our shop showcases the work of over 15 local artists and features an eclectic array of distinctive merchandise:
  • Home decor, paintings, mixed media art, photography, greeting cards, jewelry, ornaments, books, housewares, clothing, accessories, vintage-inspired toys, pottery and more
  • Plus, you’ll find Norwalk Historical Society logo wear: handmade linen tote bags, aprons, dish towels, t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and soaps

Norwalk Historical Society Museum Hours


Regular Hours:

Wednesday – Saturday, Noon – 4pm, except holidays, special events, and by appointment.

Norwalk Historical Society Museum Admission

Admission:

Adults – $5, Seniors (age 65+) – $3

Student (ages 6-22) – $3, Child under 5 years old – FREE

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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).

Mill Hill Historic Park Museum Hours

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

Group tours are by appointment .  See Museum Admission for fees

Mill Hill Historic Park Museum Admission

Self-guided tour by appointment

Adults: $5, Seniors (age 65+): $3

Student (ages 6-22 ): $3, Child under 3 years old: Free

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Norwalk Work Progress Administration (WPA) Mural Tours

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; 31 are at Norwalk City Hall. Many of the Norwalk City Hall murals depict scenes of Norwalk at work between 1935 and 1941.

Directions: Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT  06851, 203-854-3200

In partnership with the Norwalk Arts Commission

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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.