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

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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.

 

Read More…

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. Elliot

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. Elliot 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. Elliot

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 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

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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 y ears 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 Historical Society Museum – 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

(Entrance from the Norwalk City Hall parking area, 125 East Avenue, Norwalk. Located next to the Norwalk Health Dept. in the red brick house with double blue front doors.)

* 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: Norwalk’s First Female Architect, curated by Lynn Friedman

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


Located on top of Mill Hill overlooking the head of the Norwalk Harbor.  Contains the 1835 Town House (Meeting House), 1826 Downtown District Schoolhouse (Little Red Schoolhouse), c.1740 Governor Fitch Law Office, Mill Hill cemetery (3rd oldest in Norwalk) and a Colonial Herb garden.

Current Exhibits

Preserving and Observing: Two Centuries of Norwalk Art, curated by Sophia Gevas

Mill Hill Historic Park Hours

The grounds are open year round Sunrise to Sunset.

The Mill Hill buildings are open during special events and by appointment for group tours.  See “Guided Group Tour – Mill Hill Buildings

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Fodor Farm – 328 Flax Hill Road, Norwalk, CT

Fodor Farm Exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Pratt Fox
Open during special events

 

 

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