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

Special Hours

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Regular Hours

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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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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Independence Day Celebration!

Revolutionary War Encampment

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“Let Freedom Ring!” National Bell Ringing Ceremony

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

1:00-4:00pm

Admission is free and open to the public

 

From 1:00pm – 4:00pm, learn about the life of African American soldiers during the American Revolution. Reenactors from the Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution will bring to life soldiers from the Marbleheaders and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment of Foot.  They will create an historical encampment filled with Revolutionary War artifacts and props. Telling the stories of the impact these soldiers made on the Revolution, as well as tales of important historical figures will be woven into demonstrations of military drills, weapons of the period, and an interactive live firing of a cannon.

At 1:30pm, join the Norwalk Historical Society and the nation as we toll the Town House bell 13 times to commemorate the founding of the original 13 colonies. Selected sections of the Declaration of Independence will be read by Norwalk’s Town Clerk, Rick McQuaid. Mayor Harry Rilling, Senator Bob Duff ,as well as other local dignitaries will take part in this wonderful patriotic ceremony!

About the Sable Soldiers of the American Revolution

Portraying the Historical Regiments of African Heritage in America’s Wars of Independence- American War Revolution – 1776, and the The War of 1812-1815- featuring 1st Rhode Island Regiment, The Black Mariners of Col. Glovers Marbleheaders, Les Chasseures Voluntaire, Blackjacks of the War of 1812.

 

Light Refreshments will follow Bell Ringing Ceremony


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Mill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT  06851

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Summer Tea with Abigail Adams

Sunday, July 15, 2018

2:00pm

Have tea with a former first lady, Abigail Adams!

Abigail Adams (1744-1818) was an American first lady (1797-1801), the wife of John Adams, the second president of the United States, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.

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Abigail Adams reenactor Carol Bielefeld will delight with a lively performance about history’s most fascinating first lady while guests enjoy a unique summer tea party.

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The summer party will feature a variety of iced teas, including iced Liberty Tea, scones, tea sandwiches and sweets along with some Colonial themed surprises!

Delightful gift baskets will be raffled.

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Limited tickets available!

Purchase tickets at online to guarantee your seat.

Tickets: $40.00 until July 9 and $45.00 after July 9 and at the door (if available).

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Forever Sweet

Goldenberry

Palmer’s

Party City

Penny Ha’Penny

Pepperidge Farm

Rafael Cakes & Sugar

Sono Baking Company

 

About Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams was Miss Adorable to her husband, John Adams, the second President of the United States. He was away much of their married life as Abigail managed the farm, raised their four children, ran a business, bought land and invested money. In the midst of this, she wrote more than 1,600 letters that described her life and times in a newsy and often tender, emotional way. Her famous “Remember the Ladies” directive to her husband highlights her early push for equal rights for women under the law.

 

VENUE

Mill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT  06851

Parking

Handicapped: Limited on site parking available.

General: Follow signs for parking across the street.

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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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