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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Rum Tasting Party!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

7:00pm

Tasting Guide: Gregg Glaser

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Learn the history behind Colonial America’s top drink, rum!

Discover the different ways and places this popular spirit is made.

Learn about the age old disagreement between “rum” and “rhum”.

A curated variety of six to seven styles of rum will be sampled throughout the evening and hearty appetizers will be served.

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Space is limited!

Purchase tickets online click here

Early Bird Tickets through 9/10/2018: $45

Regular Admission after 9/10 and at the door (if available): $50

 

MUST be 21 or over, IDs checked at the door.

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The net proceeds support the Norwalk Historical Society’s education programs and cultural exhibits.
The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Mill Hill Historic Park,
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT
Follow signs for parking across the street
No on site parking.

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Rosie the Riveter Day at Mill Hill

Sunday, September 30, 2018

2:00pm

Admission: FREE – Please Register click here

Presented by

Norwalk Historical Society
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Connecticut Corsair Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association

 

Lecture

Gretchen Caulfield, Connecticut State Director of the American Rosie the Riveter Association, will present an exciting lecture that looks beyond the iconic image of the Westinghouse poster to discuss the many facets of Rosie the Riveter. Hear some unique stories of women breaking barriers and making history some right here in Connecticut who selflessly contributed on the Home Front during World War II.

Living History!

A real Rosie the Riveter, Rita Stapleton Reutter, will be brought to life by WCSU Professor and avid American Rosie the Riveter volunteer, Dr. Darla Shaw!

CT Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association’s World War II Home Front Exhibition will be on display.

Tell Your Story

WWII oral history stations will be setup for those who want to contribute a family Rosie the Riveter story.

World War II era refreshments will be served

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Mill Hill Historic Park,
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT
Handicapped & limited mobility parking on site only.
All others, follow signs for parking across the street.

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A Haunting at Mill Hill!

Friday, 10/12/2018 & 10/19/2018, 7:30pm & 9:00pm

Saturday, 10/13/2018 & 10/20/2018 , 6:00pm, 7:30pm & 9:00pm

Tours are approximately one hour

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As the sun sets the spirits come out to play…

Take a lecture-lit tour through the old Mill Hill graveyard!

Hear chilling tales based on real events from Norwalk’s hidden past

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Space is limited!

Purchase tickets online click here

Early Bird Tickets through 10/11/2018: Adults:/Teens: $18, Child (8-12): $15

Regular Admission: Adults:/Teens: $20, Child (8-12): $18

(Suitable for ages 8 and up)

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In case of inclement weather, the graveyard walk will be suspended, but the spirits will tell their tales in the Town House at Mill Hill.

Sorry, No Refunds.

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The net proceeds support the Norwalk Historical Society’s education programs and cultural exhibits.
The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Mill Hill Historic Park,
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT
Follow signs for parking across the street
No on site parking.

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Fashion After the Revolution

Saturday, November 3, 2018

2:00pm

 

Its been 235 years since the official end of the American Revolution.

How did becoming an independent nation influence fashion?

The Revolution is over but in wartime we vowed to give up foreign imports. Now its peacetime, and our fervor has fizzled. Lets get some more of those imported goods we used to enjoy- like pretty fabrics!

Fashion was at the center of the debates surrounding what it meant to be American in the decades after the Revolution. How did citizens of the new nation navigate this political minefield when every choice was filled with symbolic import? Who aspired to fashion as set in Europe, who achieved it, who adapted it, who eschewed it? How did Americans build credibility on the world stage maintaining their principles without looking like country bumpkins?

Purchase Tickets online click here

$4.00 for current DAR members

(must show DAR ID when checking in at event)

$8.00 for the general public

About Alden OBrien

Alden OBrien received her BA in Art History from Barnard College and her MA in Museum Studies in Costume & Textiles from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has been at the DAR Museum since 1990, first as curator of costume and later taking charge of quilts and most recently, samplers and needlework. She has curated numerous exhibits on costume, toys, and quilts, most recently An Agreeable Tyrant: Fashion After the Revolution, with its accompanying catalog.

Sponsored by the Norwalk Historical Society and the Norwal-Village Green Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

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Mill Hill Historic Park,
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT
Handicapped & limited mobility parking on site only.
All others, follow signs for parking across the street.

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World War I Memorials of Connecticut

Saturday, November 10, 2018

2:00pm

Join historian Richard Franklin Donohue for a lively lecture and discussion about World War I memorials in Connecticut, with a special emphasis on Fairfield County memorials.

As the First World War ended, American communities hurried to memorialize the great efforts of their sons and daughters.  Changes in cultural and civic ideals since the American Civil War led to extensive public discourse about what memorials should and should not be.  Government leaders, artists, historians, and the monument industry itself promoted ideas from simple tablets to monoliths rivaling those of Egypt and Rome. Memorials throughout Connecticut exemplify this entire range of monumental styles.

Having visited and cataloged more than 220 monuments throughout the 169 towns in Connecticut, Richard Franklin Donohue will display images of the monuments and explore trends in their design and placement, with special emphasis placed on Norwalk and the surrounding areas.

Donations
At the event, we will be accepting donation items for the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Please consider donating some of the following:

Toothpaste, toothbrushes, Bic-style razors, shaving cream and body wash
Men’s t-shirts, underwear and socks. All sizes needed!

Members of the American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary Poppy Program will also be accepting donations.

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Purchase Tickets online click here

$5.00 – general admission

FREE for Veterans and Active Military

(Please have proper identification card to be checked at door)

About Richard Franklin Donohue

Richard Franklin Donohue is the Town Historian of his hometown of Cromwell, Connecticut.  His original research has formed the basis of museum exhibits, traveling lectures, and living history programs on topics ranging from 18th-century slavery to Civil War-era Classical music performances to early 20th-century Mechanical Banks.  As President and Program Director of the Cromwell Historical Society for nearly fifteen years and a teacher in both public and private schools for twenty-five, he strives to enhance his towns interest and participation in local and national history.  In addition to his work with history, Richard is a tenor soloist specializing in Middle English Carols, Bach arias, and German Lieder and is the director of the 1876 Singing Society at Mystic Seaport.

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Mill Hill Historic Park,
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT
Handicapped & limited mobility parking on site only.
All others, follow signs for parking across the street.

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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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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.

 

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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, Sunrise 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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