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New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum
New Milford Historical Society and Museum

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Upcoming Events

<p>Come explore New Milford’s place as a stop on the famous Underground Railroad. Litchfield C

Celebrating Black History Month - The Underground Railroad

Thursday, February 21
Starts at 4:00 PM

Come explore New Milford’s place as a stop on the famous Underground Railroad. Litchfield C…

<p>Join us for the reopening of the <strong>Society</strong> after our Winter housekeeping interlude

Museum Reopens

Tuesday, March 5
Starts at 12:00 PM

Join us for the reopening of the Society after our Winter housekeeping interlude…

<p>An amazing series of classes for grades 6-8 focusing on the modern art of <strong>Picasso</strong

Awesome Art History

Thursday, March 21
Starts at 4:00 PM

An amazing series of classes for grades 6-8 focusing on the modern art of Picasso

<p>Join us for a very personal experience as one of New Milford’s own reflects on his history

Reflecting on New Milford

Thursday, April 4
Starts at 7:00 PM

Join us for a very personal experience as one of New Milford’s own reflects on his history …

Past Events

Take a look through some of our old events! If you missed one, you can always write to us and let us know, we might be able to stage it again if there is enough interest.

More information to follow!

Unveiling of the Underground Railroad Plaque

Thursday, July 12 2012
Unveiling of the Underground Railroad Plaque...
This is an old event, from 2012
More information to follow!

PERMANENT EXHIBIT
“Black Life in the History of New Milford: A Perspective of 150 Years since the

Black Life in the History of New Milford

Saturday, August 31 2013
Black Life in the History of New Milford...
This is an old event, from 2013
PERMANENT EXHIBIT “Black Life in the History of New Milford: A Perspective of 150 Years since the Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 - 2013" This year marks the 150th Anniversary of crucial turning points in the American Civil War, including the battle of Gettysburg in July 1863; the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863; and the Gettysburg Address in November 1863. It is also the 50th Anniversary of events that defined the American Civil Rights Movement, including the March on Washington in August 1963 and Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech on August 28, 1963. In recognition of these historic events, the New Milford Historical Society & Museum (NMHSM) is now completing an exhibit entitled “Black Life in the History of New Milford: A Perspective of 150 Years since the Emancipation Proclamation.” The exhibit contains the pulpit, piano and bell from the Advent Christian Church of New Milford, founded by the Reverend Stephen Heacock and 22 black families of New Milford. The church building today houses New Milford’s Theaterworks. Early photographs of the Heacock Family are prominently displayed. Also featured are maps and explanations of the Underground Railroad, which is known to have run through CT (and New Milford). We have also mounted copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address and a photo of the Rev. Martin Luther King giving his “I Have A Dream” speech with a transcript of this famous speech. In addition, there is a montage of the emancipation papers granting freedom to the slaves in early New Milford. Connecticut was an early proponent of Emancipation due to the strong influence of the Abolitionist movement in the state and included gradual emancipation of all black residents of the state in 1784, resulting in all slaves in New Milford being freed by 1810 (a full 50 years before the Emancipation Proclamation). The 1810 census of New Milford lists 147 freed blacks as residents of the Town of New Milford. The exhibit also contains montages of advertising by Black-owned businesses in New Milford at the turn of the century and articles celebrating the achievements of New Milford’s Black citizens in bygone days. One prominent example is Robert J. Peagler, who served as a lieutenant in the Army in WWII. He was awarded medals for valor (the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart) for his bravery in battle. The museum is requesting those who have photos, artifacts or news articles regarding early black families or individuals in the 1800s and 1900s in New Milford, as well as photos of those who live in New Milford today to bring them to the museum or call the New Milford Historical Society & Museum at (860) 354-3069. All photos or articles will be scanned into a computer or Xeroxed and the originals returned unharmed immediately to the owner. The exhibit recognizing and commemorating these historic events will be bolstered through out 2013-2014 by programs at NMHS&M bringing these events to life. First among these will be on October 13, 2013 when the NMHS&M will host a Meet the Author Event with New Milford Author Fran Smith, who talk about her newest book “The Black Holocaust of American Slavery and The Underground Railroad" which will be published in October. Other programs will be featured for Martin Luther King’s birthday in January and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday in February.

The Art of Gravestone Rubbings - Judith Burroughs. 
Rubbing gravestones is a rich rewarding experie

The Art of Gravestone Rubbings

Sunday, October 14 2012
The Art of Gravestone Rubbings...
This is an old event, from 2012
The Art of Gravestone Rubbings - Judith Burroughs. Rubbing gravestones is a rich rewarding experience for both the novice and the professional artist. The universal practice of rubbing gravestones and other markers if done properly and in accordance with local and state regulations does not harm stones or monuments . The technique of rubbing is creates an image that records features such as natural textures, inscribed patterns or lettering. This hands on program will introduce rubbing as a fascinating art form that will bring out the artist in each of us. Ms. Burroughs will teach participants easy to follow steps for creating a beautiful rubbing from stones located in one of New Milford's oldest graveyard, Center Cemetery. Old gravestones are an important part of our national heritage and are considered by many as remaining works of art that are still in their original form and place from our ancestors.

Book signing and lecture by Janet 
Barrett about a Korean War horse

They Called Her Reckless

Thursday, March 22 2018
They Called Her Reckless...
This is an old event, from 2018
Book signing and lecture by Janet Barrett about a Korean War horse

Come and enjoy a cup of soup and delicious salad.  Local chef Peter Lang will teach participants to

* POSTPONED *Let's Talk about Soup and Salad

Thursday, November 1 2012
* POSTPONED *Let's Talk about Soup and Salad...
This is an old event, from 2012
Come and enjoy a cup of soup and delicious salad. Local chef Peter Lang will teach participants to make three different and delicious salad dressings. Members Free, Non-members $5.00 Please call the Society to make a reservation.

Join us for a Members Only tour of the historic New Milford Green

Members Walking Tour of New Milford's Historic Green

Sunday, September 10 2017
Members Walking Tour of New Milford's Historic Green...
This is an old event, from 2017
Join us for a Members Only tour of the historic New Milford Green