Upcoming Events and Exhibits

by admin on September 16, 2014

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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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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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New Exhibition!

Margaret Hoyt Smith: Norwalk’s First Female Architect

Curated by Lynn Friedman

This exhibition explores the life and work of Rowayton resident Margaret Hoyt Smith, who was commissioned in 1970 to design the house that is currently the home of the Norwalk Historical Society Museum (formerly Lockwood House). View original blue prints and a collection of Margaret’s architect tools as you learn how this innovative woman paved the way for future female architects in Norwalk.

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Museum Gift Shop

Searching for a unique holiday gift?

The Norwalk Historical Society Museum Gift Shop showcases the work of Connecticut artists and artisans. It features an eclectic array of distinctive merchandise… home decor, paintings, mixed media art, greeting cards, jewelry, ornaments, books, clothing, accessories, vintage inspired toys, pottery, and more! Plus, you will find the Norwalk Historical Society’s logo wear, handmade linen tote bags, aprons, t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, and custom soaps. Selected items will be on discount.

Venue

Norwalk Historical Society Museum, 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

Front entrance accessible 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

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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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Contact us for additional information

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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.

Current Exhibits

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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.

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