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Visit Norwalk Historical Society Museum and Mill Hill Historic Park

Norwalk Historical Society Museum

141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Entry only from Norwalk City Hall parking area at 125 East Avenue.

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

*Hours

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

*Admission

General Admission (12 – 64 years old): $5, Seniors (65 years old+): $3

Child (7-11 years old): $3, Child under 7 years old: Free

Current  Exhibits:

* Norwalk Collects: Celebrating Four Historic Collections, curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox


The exhibit celebrates the collection of the Norwalk Historical Society, Norwalk-Village Green Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Lockwood Family Collection and Norwalk Museum.  Thirty objects were selected as samples of the range of the collection.

 

 

* Norwalk: Portrait of Diversity,  photography by Tony Velez


Norwalk reflects nearly every aspect of the American immigrant experience.  Who are they?  How have they changed Norwalk? How has Norwalk changed them?

Experience the diversity of the people of Norwalk, through a photographer’s lens.

 

* Gift Shop:

  • Purchase one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items by Fairfield County artists – jewelry, prints, paintings, pottery, & clothing
  • Norwalk Historical Society logo wear – T-shirts, sweat shirts, mugs, hand towels, aprons, & totes
  • Books, children’s toys & games

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Visit Mill Hill Historic Park!

2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

Hours: Park grounds open April – December,  Sunrise to  Sunset

Buildings are open for tours by appointment.

Museum Admission:

  • General Admission (12 – 64 years old): $5, Seniors (65 years old+): $3
  • Child (3-11 years old): $3, Child under 3 years old: Free

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On-going Programs

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Little Red Schoolhouse Program

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

Accepting group tour registration for 2016!

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Events

“Hunt for History” Scavenger Hunt @ the Norwalk Historical Society Continues!

Join in a  two week “Hunt for History” scavenger hunt. Pick up a clues booklet on Saturday, April 23, Sunday, April 24 or Sunday, May 1, 2016, 12:00pm – 4:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. The clues booklet is also available for download here.

Venue: Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Parking available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. The Museum is the red brick house with blue front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Dept.

Norwalk Historical Society Museum Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, Noon-4pm

On Saturday, May 7, 2016 submit your completed clues booklet at the “Colonial History Day Celebration” at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT, by 3:00pm to be entered into a drawing for prizes! Prize drawing to be held at 3:30pm You must be present to win.

Check out the article from The Hour!


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A new film by Connecticut filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton

Enough to Live On:  The Arts of the WPA

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

5:30pm -  Reception

6:30pm -  Screening

Introduced by the filmmakers with a Q&A following the film.

Filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will screen their most recent film “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” – an “essay in film” celebrating the 80th anniversary of the creation of the WPA and the Federal Arts Project that used art, theatre, writing, and music to reignite the soul of an America caught in the grip of the Great Depression.  This film features more than 70 works of art of the Depression era, as as archival footage of American artists at work helping to rebuild our nation.

Venue:

Norwalk Community College
PepsiCo Theater – 188 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Free Admission

Sponsored by Norwalk Arts Commission, Norwalk Historical Society, Westport Historical Society and Norwalk Community College

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The Norwalk Historical Society and Crystal Theatre will be participating in Norwalk’s Ultimate Block Party on May 5, 2016 from 5-8pm.  Look for our tent on the Mathews Park Great Lawn where we will be presenting a living history tour of Pine Island Cemetery.

Hosted by Stepping Stones Museum for Children, in partnership with Norwalk ACTS and the Ultimate Block Party, Norwalk’s Ultimate Block Party is a FREE outdoor event just outside the museum in Mathews Park featuring games, live music, animals, educational activities and fun for the entire family!

Location:
Mathews Park Great Lawn, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT  06850

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Colonial History Day Celebration

Saturday, May 7, 2016

2:00-3:00pm

*Jim’s Ice Cream Truck
*Lessons in the One Room “Little Red Schoolhouse”
*Colonial Story time
*Tours of Governor Fitch Law Office & Herb Garden

3:00-4:00pm

*Crystal Theatre performs the musical “Daughters of Liberty”
*”Hunt for History” Prize Drawing!

Admission: FREE

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

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Meet the Artist

A monthly program featuring local Fairfield County artists and artisans from the Norwalk Historical Society Museum’s gift shop.

Artists of the Month for May, 2016

Kiki Verveniotis of

Kiki & Pooky and go lightly collection

Ms. Verveniotis s a local clothing designer and seamstress.

Venue:

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

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Friends Events

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Past Events

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Behind The Scenes Tour Of Norwalk Collects:

Celebrating Four  Historic Collections

with guest curator Elizabeth Pratt Fox

Saturday, March 5, 2016

(Snow date: Sunday, March 6, 2016)

2:00pm

Admission: $10, Limited tickets available purchase online

 

Norwalk Historical Society Museum
141 East Avenue
Norwalk, CT

Get an insider’s look at life behind the exhibit! Award-winning curator, Elizabeth Pratt Fox, will take you on a journey behind the scenes of one of her newest installations, Norwalk Collects: Celebrating Four Historic Collections.Learn about the planning and process that went into curating the exhibit. Discover how the objects were selected to tell a specific story and hear never-before-told stories about some of the rare pieces included in the collection.

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Meet the Artist

A monthly program featuring local artists and artisans from the Norwalk Historical Society Museum’s gift shop.

Artists of the Month for March, 2016

Leslie Rottner of Abbey Road Designs

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 1:00– 3:00pm.
Admission: Free
Ms. Rottner is a photographer and mixed media artist.  She will do a live demonstration of her craft and talk about the history, process and the inspiration behind Abbey Road Designs. Her work will be available for purchase in the gift shop.  Light refreshments will be served.

 

About Leslie Rottner

As a photographer and mixed media artist, Ms. Rottner easily moves back and forth from the actual to the abstract. She curates vintage items to photograph and uses them in her art work, and offers her prints and original works for sale in three Abbey Road Designs Etsy shops. Ms. Rottner also photographs products and studio spaces for independent artisans, crafters and shop owners, helping them tell their story.  She has been an artisan for as long as she can remember.  Nothing gives her greater joy than sharing what she does with others. For her, the creative process is calming and fulfilling and she can’t imagine living without that.  Come experience Ms. Rottner’s creative process!

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Get an insider’s look at life behind the exhibit! Award-winning curator, Elizabeth Pratt Fox, will take you on a journey behind the scenes of one of her newest installations, Norwalk Collects: Celebrating Four Historic Collections.Learn about the planning and process that went into curating the exhibit. Discover how the objects were selected to tell a specific story and hear never-before-told stories about some of the rare pieces included in the collection.

Read More…

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Little Red Schoolhouse Program Docent Information Session

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Two Sessions: 11am & 1pm

Location: Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT  (front entrance from Norwalk City Hall parking area (125 East Ave.). Museum is in the red brick building with blue double front doors)

Are you enthusiastic about local history and education?  Join us for an informal session about becoming a docent for our popular Little Red Schoolhouse Program. Learn about this exciting program and the important role a docent plays in making history come alive for students.  We  provide training for docents and a stipend.

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

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In celebration of Black History Month:

Lecture – Discovering 18th Century Norwalk Black History

  • Presented by local researcher and historian, Madeleine Eckert

This is a slide lecture utilizing a number of source documents to weave a visual narrative of Norwalk’s fascinating18th century African American history!  This journey of discovery demonstrates how using information collected from local histories; newspaper notices and articles; Norwalk land records, vital records, census records, cemetery records, Revolutionary War service records; Internet articles, and additional references may help to create a more comprehensive understanding of the 18th century local African American experience.

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016

Time: 1:00pm and 3:00pm

Location:

Norwalk Historical Society Museum

141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Front entrance is from the Norwalk City Hall parking area at 125 East Ave., Norwalk.
The museum is located in a red brick house with blue double front doors.

Admission: Free

Advanced reservation is required -  info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org or 203-846-0525.

Reception after each lecture

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Ribbon Cutting and Holiday Open House!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Noon-4:00pm

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Free Admission

Norwalk Historical Society Museum

141 East Avenue

Norwalk, CT

Parking available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk
Museum is in the red brick house with blue front doors

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Refreshments

Cookies and Cider

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Food Drive

Bring a non-perishable food item for donation to Person-to-Person

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Exhibits

Norwalk Collects: Celebrating Four Historic Collections curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox
Norwalk: Portrait of  Diversity photography by Tony Velez

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Story time with Mrs. Claus

Every half-hour starting at 12:30pm

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Family Holiday Craft Making

Victorian holiday decoration

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New Gift Shop!

Shop local and purchase one of a kind, handcrafted items by Fairfield County artists, including:

Another Bright Idea. Pat Atkin, Britt Bair, Betty Ball, Butterfly Rouge, D54 Studio, Erin Dolan Art Studio,
Elemental Images, Hanneke Goedkoop, Heavens To Betsy!, Kiki & Pooky Ltd., Komfort Zone, Made in Bridgeport, Nod Hill Soap, Peaceful Places Photo, Karen Ponelli, Southern Yankee, T Party Antiques, Torn Edges

Also available: Norwalk themed gifts, books, children’s toys and games

 

Refreshment Sponsor:

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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 murder, death, and destruction!

Date: Friday and Saturday, October 23 – 24, 2015

Tours: Every half hour, 6-9:30pm, suitable for ages 8 and up

Under the tent in inclement weather

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

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Independence Day

“Let Freedom Ring” National  Bell Ringing Ceremony

July 4, 2015

2pm

–Reception following–

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

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Party! Prizes!

Sunday, May 31, 3-4pm

Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT

Seven Fairfield County historical organizations, have banded together for the 2nd annual Great Letterboxing History Hunt . The event begins on May 15th and ends on May 31st. On May 31st, there will be a festive get-together at the Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT, 3-4pm. There will be refreshments and live music with Leigh Richards on acoustic guitar. Participants who stamp their official Map at all seven locations (bring it with you) will be eligible for a prize, and will be entered in a drawing for a wonderful grand prize! The event is free.

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Women’s Work in World War II

Author talk with John Cilio

Sunday, November 9, 2014
2:00PM

Mill Hill Historic Park – Town House Museum
2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT

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Bourbon & Whiskey Tasting Fundraiser

Friday, October 3, 2014
7:00pm
Mill Hill Historic Park – Town House Museum
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT

Net proceeds support the Norwalk Historical Society’s programs and museum collection preservation.

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Mill Hill Historic Park Site Improvements

Groundbreaking Ceremony

August 21, 2014
11:30am
Mill Hill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT
For Information:
info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org
203-846-0525

The Norwalk Historical Society and the Norwalk Historical Commission are pleased to announce the start of phase I of the City of Norwalk’s master plan for improvements at Mill Hill Historic Park.  The project starts the week of August 18, 2014.  The work on the upper site of Mill Hill Historic Park, improves compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility guidelines.

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Battle and Burning of Norwalk Commemorative Day

235th anniversary (July 11, 1779)

Mill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT

Admission: Free

  • 10am – 3pm : Revolutionary War Encampment  – Sheldon’s Horse 2nd Continental Light Dragoons Re-enactors
  • 11am & 1pm: Battle and Burning of Norwalk lecture presented by Madeleine & Ed Eckert
  • 10am – 3pm: Mill Hill Historic Park – Open House – c. 1835 Town House Museum, c. 1826 “Little Red Schoolhouse” & c. 1740 Gov. Thomas Fitch Law Office & Town House Hill ancient burying ground

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Over 40 paintings, drawings, photographs, and collages from 21 artists representing “DiverseCity in Norwalk”

  • See the entries at the Town House Museum in Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk
  • Museum Admission:
    • General Admission (12 – 64 years old): $5, Seniors (65 years old+): $3
    • Child (3-11 years old): $3, Child under 3 years old: Free

All artwork is for sale.  A portion of the proceeds will go benefit the Norwalk Historical Society education programs.

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For the Sake of the Country: Female Spies in the Civil War

Guest Speaker and Author:  Matthew Bartlett

A fascinating presentation about four incredible women who risked all for their country during the Civil War!

Thursday, May 8, 2014
7:00-8:30pm
Norwalk Public Library  – Main Auditorium
1 Belden Avenue
Admission: Free
Information and registration:
Cynde Bloom Lahey – clahey@norwalkpubliclibrary.org,  203-899-2780 x-11533
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Pocahontas: The Bridge Between Two Worlds 

Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of the Marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe


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Norwalk Lit Crawl

March 4, 2014
6-8pm
South Norwalk, CT

Join the local community for an evening of readings from familiar faces (and voices) for SoNo’s Educated Pub Crawl

Visit one or all three participating SoNo venues: O’Neill’s, Mama’s Boys, and Brewhouse

Your $10 donation will benefit the Norwalk Reads program

Click here to signup, select “Donation Fund” from the drop down

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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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