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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 special events

*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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Meet the Artist

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

Featured Artist for September/October, 2016

Florence Pindrys - Butterfly Rouge

September/October featured artist at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum Gift Shop is Florence Pindrys of Butterfly Rouge. Stop by to see her beautiful hand painted glassware, perfect for gift giving and entertaining this fall: stemless wine glasses, carafes, olive oil bottles, vinegar bottles and Prosecco glasses.

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Upcoming Events

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Past Events

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Lecture – Sea Glass: History and Mystery — SOLD OUT!

Mermaid’s tears! Beach jewels! Sea Glass! Whatever the name, people have been collecting these fascinating pieces of washed up treasure for centuries all over the world, but most specifically in Norwalk, CT. With its long industrious and recreational past, find out why Norwalk is a choice sea glass location in Alyssa Shapiro’s new lecture Sea Glass: History and Mystery.

 

Date

* Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 6pm — SOLD OUT

* Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 6pm  – SOLD OUT

Admission: $5, payable @ door.  Light refreshments following program.

Limited Seating, RSVP required to info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org or 203-846-0525

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.

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America’s Founding Scoundrel!

General James Wilkinson

Lecturer: Eric Chandler

Sunday, June 26, 2016

2-3:30pm

Admission: $5, payable at the door (cash or credit cards only)

~~Light refreshments at intermission~~

Reservations recommended -  RSVP: info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org

Our teachers taught us about the Founding Fathers… Now come hear the story of one of America’s Founding Scoundrels!

James Wilkinson, one of the most pivotal figures of the Revolutionary Generation, remains virtually unknown to the vast majority of Americans.  Charming and intelligent, he would be a pioneer, a trader and persuader; a confidant of generals and presidents. His military career began with the 1775 invasion expeditions against Canada during the American Revolution and died in the fiascos on the Canadian front during the War of 1812.  His ambitions would make him twice General-in-Chief of the U.S. Army, Military and Civil Governor of the Louisiana Territory, author of the Spanish Conspiracy and a major player in the Burr Conspiracy.  His greed would make him a betrayer and a spy for the Spanish Empire.

Read More…

Location:

Mill Hill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT  06851
Limited parking available onsite, additional parking located across the street at 1 Park Street.

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The Norwalk Historical Society Museum (141 East Ave., Norwalk) is offering FREE admission on Connecticut Open House Day

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Noon-4pm

Parking available in the Norwalk City Hall (125 East Ave., Norwalk) parking area.  Look for the red brick house with double blue front doors.

 

 

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“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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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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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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